Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Comedy Fest review: DeAnne Smith - Ballsy


DeAnne Smith arguably has the most interesting haircut of the festival – it's really sharp and angular with nice flowy bits and weird confronting jagged bits and even a bit of her fringe that goes under her glasses and reappears over one cheek. Most of that is a good description for her comedy, too (except the fringe bit). I found her evil pixie presence uncannily reminiscent of Tina Fey, if Tina Fey were a blonde lesbian from Canada who plays the ukulele.

This is a pretty slight hour in terms of material and some of the jokes are capped off with bits about midgets or Chinese people or whatever that come over as cheap. These are in contrast to the sparkling moments when she plays off her audience directly, and her impro work is ten times more entertaining than her actual stuff. I'd pay to see her work a club night with a big audience, and hopefully she'll get some spots in the festival club or somewhere similar.


Anonymous said...

Hi, it's me, DeAnne. Thanks for checking out my show.

I really wish you hadn't chosen to write about the Preview night, though, in which I was still working out what exactly was going to make up the "Ballsy" show. The proper run started on April 5th.

Born Dancin' said...

Hi DeAnne,
Didn't realise it was a preview - I took a last minute punt after Jamie Kilstein recommended you a couple of nights earlier. That makes sense now, and I liked the way the show had that fast-and-loose feel you get from previews, where some things work and some don't (I'm a big fan of comedians trying stuff out that way, too). Will try to get back and see the season proper if I get a chance.