COM­EDY CARL BAR­RON ASSEM­BLY @ ASSEM­BLY HALL (VENUE 35) HHHHH

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By the time you’ve been kept wait­ing in the rain, shushed down cor­ri­dors and near­frog­marched into seats in the sear­ingly hot hall by the Assem­bly staff, you’re need­ing a laugh. hap­pily, Carl Bar­ron has brought plenty from Aus­tralia, with some very sharp ob­ser­va­tional com­edy. It’s all firmly rooted in Bar­ron’s own view of the world, which I’d char­ac­terise as “per­plexed’” he’s puz­zled by the things peo­ple say, be­mused by the things they do … he’s even weirded out by how happy a wee twirl on his heels make him. Grow­ing up, there’re the things his par­ents said, as op­posed to what they meant; the weird kid in class; the nun … they’re all fa­mil­iar ar­eas for hu­mour, but not all comics can put it across as well as Bar­ron. he even finds com­edy in flip-flops (which, in pass­ing, he ad­mit­ted wear­ing with socks; the Assem­bly au­di­ence was far too po­lite to snicker).

Bar­ron is as dry as Aus­tralia’s deserts, putting well-tested ma­te­rial across with the skill that’s seen him win nu­mer­ous awards. he’s even fun­nier when he goes off-script, or­der­ing one girl to the proper exit as she galumphed down the stairs in search of a toi­let, and teas­ing her pals as they called her the “most loveli­est, most beau­ti­fulled gir-rul ever”. he wasn’t be­ing mean, just al­low­ing the pun­ters to en­ter more di­rectly into his com­edy world. And he does a stonk­ingly good French ac­cent as he de­scribes a trip to Paris. he also points out why be­ing a comic gets you nowhere with air­port au­thor­i­ties.

the hour passes quickly, with Bar­ron demon­strat­ing that he’s as good at phys­i­cal com­edy as he is at ver­bal. this is Bar­ron’s first visit to the Fringe – let’s hope it’s not his last.

MARtiN gRAY

Un­til 29 Au­gust. To­day 8:20pm.

Make sure you catch the per­plex­ity of Carl from Down Un­der while you can

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