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Jeremy Elwood

Bats Theatre
Thursday May 10

Jeremy Elwood opened with a good introduction to himself, and explained why he had three passports. He bonded well with the audience, asking people where they were from. A couple beside me made the mistake of staying they were from Auckland, and were the butt of a few light-hearted jokes. Elwood joked about tourism and terrorism and was quite clever in getting people to laugh as he communicated his controversial perspective. He is obviously a strong anti-war campaigner, as illustrated by some great jokes throughout his show. He said two suicide bombers were spotted outside the Britomart station but were still waiting for a bus to arrive. Elwood’s act was mixed with singing and some great visuals on stage. He also tackled the notion of nation pride and how this can be somewhat misguided. He used the 2005 race riots in Sydney to show how small-minded people can be, in regard to racism. Jeremy gave a mock interview of a white Sydney protester: “I don’t like them, they’re not from here. Why can’t they get in their boat and go home?”

I think the audience got the point on this one. This show may have been a little to political for some to handle but I found it very entertaining. After the show, Elwood admitted that his shows were great at getting his point across to the audience and that people were more open to new ideas when they were laughing. He was excited about the rise in comedy, thanks to phenomena such as YouTube, in bringing comic acts to millions of people worldwide. I had to ask what happens when he get a tough crowd. He told me that he just changes topics. His experience has given him insight, so the bad shows happens less and less.

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