CO­ME­DIAN RE­TURNS TO FRINGE

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“I was in­volved in guest spots in Fringe last year and was so in­spired that I was de­ter­mined to have my own show this year,” Pondent said.

His style of de­liv­er­ing film reviews dead­pan in a mono­tone voice has been en­ter­tain­ing fans of the Perth com­edy scene for the last three years, although Pondent said he wished he had started mak­ing peo­ple laugh ear­lier. “It’s such a won­der­ful feel­ing,” he said. “Orig­i­nally I was a one-liner comic, which I so badly wanted to be, but had mixed suc­cess.

“Then I got to the stage where I had a re­think of what I loved, be­cause I think com­edy should be all about what you love and what you know.

“I’m re­ally pas­sion­ate about movies and thought I’d just re­view films with a funny an­gle and it worked.”

Since then he has been a reg­u­lar support act for comics but said any more than about 15 min­utes of his dead­pan de­liv­ery proved too much for his au­di­ence, and him.

There­fore, the one-hour Movie Night is a com­edy and mul­ti­me­dia ex­pe­ri­ence with ad­di­tional mu­sic, slideshows and video trib­utes, in­clud­ing one for Heath Ledger and a Magic Mike re-en­act­ment of the Pony dance rou­tine, with a twist.

“I just want peo­ple to be en­ter­tained be­cause some­times in com­edy, peo­ple get too caught up with try­ing to get their mes­sage out or make it in to an ego trip,” Pondent said.

“I like to think I have broad ap­peal and it’s not gen­der or age spe­cific.”

Born in Mau­ri­tius, Pondent moved to Aus­tralia as an in­fant and is mar­ried with two chil­dren. He said he could not have pur­sued his com­edy with­out the support of his wife, who last year watched her hus­band play to a crowd of 1500 dur­ing the Raw Com­edy Fi­nal at His Majesty’s The­atre.

“The per­for­mance I did at the Raw Com­edy Fi­nal was the best per­for­mance I’d ever done,” he said. “It was only five min­utes, but I was so glad peo­ple got to see my style and it made me feel like I be­longed in the com­edy fra­ter­nity.”

Pic­ture: Mar­cus Whisson www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d432108

Co­me­dian Dez Pondent presents a dead­pan re­view of some of your favourite movies in Movie Night. WHAT: WHERE: WHEN: TICK­ETS:

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