Damien Power hosted an evening of Christmas cheer, with fellow stand-ups at The Arkaba, warming up the keen crowd for the main attraction, Tom Gleeson.
Power is the sort of host I’d want at my Christmas dinner with the rellies-you-see-once-a-year-for-a-reason; he’s genial, genuine, sharp, and funny. His observations on schooling, families, old ads, journalism and Monopoly were as funny as the tale of his innovative event manager “friend” with a pool. He was the silly putty that glued an evening of top-notch comics together.
A very beardy Patrick Carl continued the evening by enlightening us on the finer points of dating; and yes, ladies, the great news is, he’s back on the market.
Next up, Leigh Qurban was right at home on stage as he schooled us on aspects of The Ashes and, just in time for the silly season, followed up with some very helpful hints on dieting.
Jon Brooks then took toilet humour to a whole new level and revealed some very funny truths about Port Pirie you could only learn from a local (It’s rumoured that Brooks will be spending Christmas at The Lodge with his great friend, Mr. Abbott).
Penultimate to the main attraction, comic legend Greg Fleet brought us some unsettling insights into his school days, parlaying these into stories about his daughter and bullying; his trademark lackadaisical humour readying the crowd.
Tom Gleeson’s well considered show then covered a ton of topics-made-funny: dead friends, politics, the Salvation Army, household chores and eating out, to name a few. Gleeson’s relaxed stage presence matched his wit and storytelling and, although his celebrity star continues to rise in other media, he is still the consummate live stand-up comedian.
See this show to find out which country is the highest consumer of alcohol per capita, learn your “bogun ABCs”, consider if the Beatles are better than The Wiggles, and find out if Tom Gleeson will make it to the other side of the lake.
Tom Gleeson, et al? LOL.
Reviewed by Gordon Forester
Venue: The Arkaba Hotel, 150 Glen Osmond Road, Fullarton
Season: 10-14 December 2013
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Bookings: Book through AdelaideComedy.com