COMIC HAPPY AT OWN PACE

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY SHOWS - Jac­ques Bar­rett, Peter Grose and Ting Lim, The Sit Down Com­edy Club, The PA, Jupiters Ho­tel & Casino, Wed­nes­day.

From the out­set, Jac­ques Bar­rett is at pains to point out he doesn’t do “com­edy” per se, he does “stand-up”.

The lines can be blurred at times but by the end of his show, you’ll un­der­stand.

Ca­sual, re­laxed, ar­tic­u­late, Bar­rett doesn’t tell jokes with point­less punch­lines, he analy­ses hu­man be­hav­iour and tries to delve deep into your psy­che – a psy­che which he says “is more evil than not”.

To il­lus­trate, he ex­plores sev­eral dif­fi­cult sub­jects such as racism, ho­mo­pho­bia, pe­dophilia, Je­sus and re­li­gion – there’s even a bit on Adolf Hitler – that al­most con­vinces you there’s a sin­is­ter side to all of us.

Un­like other fast-paced comics, Bar­rett me­an­ders along at his own pace and is com­fort­able work­ing the small crowd, re­gard­less of whether his ob­ser­va­tions man­age to elicit a laugh or not.

He says al­though people don’t al­ways get his sense of hu­mour, it’s not be­cause he’s not funny.

“Some­times you do take it to heart when no one laughs, but it’s def­i­nitely not that I’m not funny,’’ says Bar­rett.

“I don’t have that much con­trol over that but I’m able to sense what a crowd wants most of the time.”

Bar­rett says he “doesn’t mind” push­ing the bound­aries.

“I do a lot of ac­cents, I im­per­son­ate and per­pet­u­ate stereo­type but I am al­ways tak­ing the piss out of my­self.’’

The fun­ny­man says the high­est form of flat­tery for a co­me­dian is a snort.

“I made a lady snort once, that’s the epic, it’s gold, even if the au­di­ence doesn’t find you funny, they will laugh at the snort,’’ he says.

Jac­ques Bar­rett

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