Mixed re­views

Stanstead Journal - - CLAS­SI­FIEDS -

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.

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