Last night of the Credit Crunch

Posted: June 27, 2009 in Theatre & Event Reviews and Interviews
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Only one night left to catch Brent Palmer’s stand-up comedy show, Credit Crunch, before he leaves for the Grahamstown arts festival.  Palmer who studied acting in London in the 90’s has directed Nik Rabinowitz’s one man show, has written four produced shows, acted in Shakespeare at Maynardville and has the dubious honour of having been shot by Steven Segal.    

Stand-up is not for sissies.  You need gallons of testosterone, a super sized ego that feeds off the audience, and you need to be able to think on your feet – drop the stuff that’s not working and slap in something that does – quickly before you die on stage!  Palmer’s improv is very good.  He gently and persistently hustles guffaws out of the audience by picking on certain members.  It works for him. Some of his sketches are quite funny; such as the persistent and at times philosophical ‘bergie’ that tries to sell a stolen cellphone to someone on Sea Point beach. His accent is spot on and very funny. 

The sketch about a sly middle manager is fresh and interesting but it drags on too long with too few laughs to keep me interested.  At the end, the hour long show felt a little too long, which is an indication that it needs to be more tightly edited; just like an overlong book that can benefit with a bit of chopping and changing.   Noticable is a slight lack of consistency; an invisible thread that pulls it all together neatly as a package. 

 

It is his first stand-up and I get the sense that he still has to find and polish his unique voice. With a little perseverance; soul searching, and direction; he should be able achieve this.   The leading stand-ups such as Marc Lottering, Nik Rabinowitz and Riaad Moosa have set high standards, and as with any other competitive industry; when the talent pools widens you need to up your game and find your unique angle.

Credit Crunch runs until 27 June at the Obz Cafe Theatre in Observatory.

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