COMIC HAPPY AT OWN PACE
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.