to man, he complained that Quebecois women don’t find him attractive. He spoke of his failed attempts to pick up French Canadian women and mimicked their typical rejection as simply looking him up and down and saying ‘Non’. When he asks them why they won’t consider him, he claims they usually answer ‘Parce-ce que t’es trop Fat pis Bald’. The audience had to laugh at the self-deprecating humour, as there was some rather obvious truth contained in his art.
Andrew Searles, although quite funny later in the evening, opened the show with a disappointing performance belabouring the overdone topic of anti-American sentiment. The content lacked both sophistication and wit. We all appreciate that comics poke fun at ethnic groups. Audiences understand nothing is sacred to a gifted comedian and can usually appreciate artful jabs at their expense. Janna ridiculed us with style, while Searles portrayed a Canadian suffering an inferiority complex and was unable to craft humour from real-life irony. Jokes about Sarah Palin or Obama would have been funny, yet he harped on Bush wanting to invade Canada. The subject matter was stale and disassociated from anything even remotely anecdotal, he simply wasted an opportunity to be truly funny and relevant. It was difficult to discern the humour in a dialogue that sounded a lot like petulance.
Later in the show Searles interviewed audience members and, although pleasant, it never took off either. He was unable to elicit any information into which he could sink his teeth and generate real laughs. Later he did make sexual jokes that were funny, and was his imitation of Africans picking up women. In the final analysis, however, he clearly needs to educate himself on American current events if he wants to successfully pull off his anti-American humour. Because he wasn’t the major act of the show, and did not actually bomb, he was acceptable as glue with which to hold funnier acts together, but he was the least bright of the stars at Saturday’s show. The other two comedians I recommend highly, as their acts were fast-paced and fresh, generating laughter from start to finish.