I have never seen Sam Simmons do stand up before and I thought it was time I had. Sam is from Adelaide but he has become such a national figure because of his many radio and TV appearances. It was packed to the rafters tonight and in fact, they added an extra three rows of chairs in the front that were not present at another show I attended. He has a very loyal following and there was a 22-year-old sitting in the front row that had seen Sam every year for the last ten years.
Tonight he was in fine form. He is very professional at putting on a show that appears to be unprofessional and deliberately awkward to keep the audience on its toes and laughing. He is so believable that I was ready to look up Wikipedia after the show in regards to commercials he made for Fanta and Arby’s until later in the show he told us they were just a fantasy.
The show is called Funt but it could also easily have been called “Crumpets” as they were a recurring theme. His stories about the apocalypse and what to do with a slice of bread had me in tears. Sam would be the perfect comedian to see multiple times as I suspect that each show would be different. After the show, I had a look at some placards he had written to remind himself of what to discuss and I noticed that more than half of the reminders were not covered.
If you do decide to see him please note that he may spoil the plot of the films the Shawshank Redemption and The Road for you. Also if you take offence at someone putting down crumpets, don’t go. I can’t wait to see him again next year.
Fringe Review By Richard De Pizzol
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