A Melbournian who wonders as I wander. I have spent a lot of life colouring in moments and take great pleasure in creative expression of experience. Interested in Design, Art, Film, Photography, Painting and all things French.
Nick O'Connnell's life may feel average, but see this show and your night does not have to be. What brings you to see a show at the Comedy Festival? Are you looking for a bit of magic, Something to send you home after the workday?
Maybe its glitter, flash or a quip that flips the die for which performance you book in for. So many glossy possibilities, all of them curbing for your attention.
What if the sheet that flapped to grasp was Nick O'Connell's The Pinnacle of Average. Would you go? Or would you fear missing out on one of the shows that feel the need to announce itself as more than that? If that is your general logic. I fear you are going to miss where true comedy is to be found at the festival.
True humour is the kind that makes your soul tingle with deep amusement. The funny thing about it is it isn't in gloss or noise, nor is it composed or drummed up. Instead, you find it in the average.
Nick is Perfectly posed in his self professed, acutely average state of being to get the best perspective.
The show is located at 6 Parliament Place. This tucked away and peaceful address gives your mind a state of reprieve from the jangle of nerves that is the jostling city.
On entry, Nick gives really important reassurance that this is not one of those shows where you have to shrink into the joins of your seat in fear. Being called on, all in the name of audience participation, is not a requirement. My mum and I shared a look of abject relief. The room was warm and Nick's manner was as well. He was the type of guy I felt you could really have a great time just hanging around with.
His subject area was identity and the pitfalls of reaching beyond the safe confines of average. Nick addresses state, identity as well as personal. How could he not, he comes from Adelaide, whose identity is fuzzy amongst the distinctly etched idea of flashy Sydneysider or cultured Melbournian.
I found learning about 'being from Adelaide' quite interesting. Nick gives you wry insight.
Comedy really is therapy For more than just the performer. We are all drawn to the opportunity for a laugh because we desire catharsis. I felt the stressful day draining from my shoulders as the time slipped through Nick's fingers. He skilfully and energetically created an atmosphere where you just wanted to keep listening.
Secure your seat on this train of thought and you will not be disappointed. We left amused, impressed and happy. If your day has been average, assure your night is not so and come laugh with Nick at the value of being average.
Tickets are $15 to $20 dollars. The show goes for 50 minutes and they are filled with intelligent humour that leaves you thinking as well as smiling.