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The Funny Tonne

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If the purpose of comedy is to discombobulate and disrupt, and sometimes it assuredly is, then Jordan Brookes has succeeded admirably at it. Kicking off with some inappropriate rhetorical questions and a palpable sense of neediness, Brooks fakes audio problems and forces upon the audience headphones, in the intimacy of which he projects sound effects and his inner-monologue, as well as some truly unsettling audio that had me — alone of the audience, I should add — removing them, for my own sanity.

It was all too much.

It’s a clever concept that plays with the comic stage, pushing all kind of boundaries and playing with expectation, if not entirely subverting it. It is a study into the psychology of humour, it’s a social experiment, it’s Brookes exorcising some demons, perhaps. 

Intellectually, I can appreciate the goal; viscerally, it was just not at all for me.

Reviewed by Rachel Hyland

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