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Review by Kieran Eaton

OK, what differentiates one self-proclaimed white, straight, middle class male comedian from all the others? Well, this UK comic, Chris Turner can easily make fun of his predicament in a way that is clever and ironic.

Turner is the master of self-depreciation. He intelligently sets the audience expectations low enough to surprise them with massive punchlines. Turner’s demeanour is bit boy-next-door and this works charmingly to bring the intimate audience on board. This young rising star mixes up his material in way that, to the untrained eye, may seem unprofessional but feels like it is just describing Turner’s life – a bit all over the place.

Chris Turner: The Crushing Proximity of Giants main theme is Turner’s recent move to base himself in LA. As he admits, USA has a massively different culture to his English upbringing.  It seems like Turner subconsciously dreams of being that stereotypical cocky American with his embracing of Rap music and ease at characterising the type of comics there. Though maybe just like the show title, it is just stuff that sound amusing and why not?! Included, is improvised rapping that just adds to highlight Turner’s talent.

This up-and-coming comedian should be a big deal in the future, so it’s a good show to see just so you can say that you saw him just before he was famous. However, this mild-mannered Englishman might say to not force yourself to go if it’s not your cup of tea.

 

When: 31st January – 18th February 2017 | 7:00pm/8:45pm

Where: GELO at Elephant and Wheelbarrow and Rosie O’Grady’s | Northbridge | PERTH

Tickets: $16 – $26

Info: Duration 60 minutes | Suitable 15+

Link: https://www.fringeworld.com.au/whats_on/event/chris_turner_the_crushing_proximity_of_giants/7bfa23ac-fd34-4f0d-8473-5be454a2499b/