Thursday, April 1, 2010

Comedy Fest review: Nick Sun - Joymeat

NICK SUN – JOYMEAT


Nick Sun's shows fall apart before they've even begun. He's a shambles possessed of keen comic talent but is so suspicious of comedy conventions that watching him ladle out the funnies is like watching someone bench-pressing 100 kilos of custard. A lot of audience members tend to run like hell, but he's developed a committed following (myself included) who find great interest in the way he cobbles together a comedy show quite unlike any other. He has an hour of quality material this year but it's as if there's a part of his brain that constantly questions each of his instincts, so he ends up surprising nobody more than himself. If you haven't seen Sun then you're missing something – you may well hate him (and his best nights are in fact his worst) but he is to comedy what the Fluxus movement was to modern art.

2 comments:

Isabelle said...

I don't know why. But I love love love him. But I also hate him just a TINY bit. But it's mostly love. I'll be back for you next year Nick. Mark my words. N.E.X.T. Y.E.A.R.

Anonymous said...

Nick Sun this year at Joymeat is sheer brilliance. Far more material than any other year, yet the show is still so unstructured as always. Well recommended.