From a loving place
The show’s topic is quite heavy, but performed in a light-handed way...
Australian comedian Jon Bennett grew up with a brother who became addicted to methamphetamine and ended up blowing up his meth lab.
His experiences are the inspiration for his one-man show Fire in the Meth Lab, which he is touring through New Zealand.
Bennett’s show in Wanaka tells the story of his brother’s addiction, their religious upbringing and brotherly relationship.
‘‘We grew up in a very religious and conservative family, my Dad was a minister [at church],’’ he said.
‘‘My brother was exorcised as a kid, he had demons removed...’’
His brother ended up being caught and going to jail when he blew himself up in a makeshift meth lab seven years ago.
‘‘He was extremely lucky to survive. There are many near death experiences that I talk about in the show, where he just got lucky.’’
Bennett said the show’s topic was quite heavy but he performed it in a ‘‘light-handed way’’.
His brother had seen the show, which he wrote four years ago, and had initially liked it.
‘‘But then he came another time and heckled throughout the entire show and it became very full on.
‘‘My manager had to sit next to him and pinch him every time he wanted to say something.’’
Bennett said writing and performing the show and talking about his brother ‘‘came from a loving place. I do talk about him as a person and show how some things are uncontrollable.’’
SEE IT: Fire in the Meth Lab is at Gin & Raspberry on Thursday, November 23 at 7:30pm. Tickets at door or Eventfinda.
Jon Bennett’s show covers everything from demonic exorcisms to his brother’s battles with methamphetamine.