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Show type: Edinburgh Fringe 2008
Sean Choolburra: Live And Deadly
Australia's funniest and cheekiest contemporary black comedian will yarn, rap, didgeridoo and dance. Fresh from Melbourne Comedy Festival 2008.
Indigenous Australian comic Sean Choolburra is an intensely likable character, stacked full of drive and enthusiasm despite the tiny audience he has in today. Even with a pitiful five people in to see him he ploughed on with the exuberance of someone entertaining a full house. He proclaims he doesn’t ever want to sell out because of the negative connotations that ‘sell out’ has to a black man.
He has obviously adjusted his set for tonight’s performance, introducing himself to each audience member individually, and although he did this with a charm and sincerity it was a welcome distinctly lacking in laughs. This really was a getting-to-know you session rather than a comedy show.
Introductions over, he moved on to tales of growing up in rural Australia and some convoluted routines about family pets and his journey to Edinburgh, but even in front of this forgiving and eager audience the laughs just never materialized.
There was more opportunity for bonding with the interactive elements, such as the dance lesson for the woman in the front row or the mime class with accompanying didgeridoo. The result was surprisingly less threatening than some ‘volunteer’ sections of other comedy shows as it felt very much like watching your mates muck about in their living room.
Choolburra real talents lie in his dancing and the didgeridoo skills, with the highlight being an exceptional fusion between the traditional Aussie instrument and some impressive beatboxing. An astonishing display, and perhaps a talent he could develop future shows around, because it’s much stronger than his stand-up.
A deadly performer sadly choking the life out of comedy.
Reviewed by: Corry Shaw
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