MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL
DAMIEN POWER: MAN PUTS HIS DREAMS IN A SOCK ★★★★½
Melbourne Town Hall, until April 21
Damien Power is going mainstream in 2019.
Stand-up gigs by the old Power had "wanky, pseudo-intellectual" themes. No more.
The comedian has donned a dinner jacket and bow-tie. He's trimmed his moustache. He's going to be relatable and light-hearted. He'll make gags about trams and, hey, "who's got a family in the audience?"
Brisbane comedian Damien Power fails only in his bid to be light-hearted.
He recently supported Dave Hughes. Afterwards, a punter came up and said: "Hughesy, you're a funny c***." Damien wants that. Damien wants to be big on commercial TV.
There's only one problem: Damien has ideas.
Man Puts His Dreams In A Sock tackles toxic masculinity. It's a modern, human construct. Animals are camp (just look at the peacock). Men have always been camp: Shakespeare wrote plays in a frilly shirt with a feather!
Capitalism is driving the planet off a cliff. Multi-nationals are pushing us to chase our dreams so that we constantly want more and, as a result, are always anxious. Damien's family in Toowoomba is dysfunctional.
Okay, so Damien fails at being light-hearted. But he does manage to be hilarious.
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