Adelaide Fringe

Fringe Review: Jack Tucker – Comedy Standup Hour

American clown Zach Zucker has changed into Jack Tucker, world’s worst stand-up comedian for this year’s Fringe

Go and get truly Tuck(er)ed!!

Reviewed at the Garden of Unearthly Delights on 21 February 2019

Presented by Stamptown

Aficionados of the Fringe, especially the Garden and the now defunct Producers Hotel, may recall seeing from time to time in the past years a wiry young man dressed in body hugging black lycra wearing a red headband, and sporting a huge red Z on his chest – that was physical clown artiste Zach Zucker. You may bump into Zach this year and not recognise him – gone is all his previous costume! He now sports a slightly dirty and stained black two piece suit, with the fly open and walks around always with a drink in hand and a cigarette behind the ear – Zucker is now Tucker: Jack Tucker that is; the world’s worst American stand-up (or mostly fall down) comedian – the tackiest act (on purpose) that you are likely to see this side of Bris Vegas.

Zucker is absolutely hilarious as Tucker and parodies the skills (or lack of them) and traits of any bad comedian who has ever dared to try to entertain. In fact he does so well at being obnoxious and realistically clumsy, that people have walked out. Don’t, you will miss a clown of exceptional talent.

This act relies solely (with a slight bit of help from his director/techie/best friend Jonny Wooley) on Zucker’s physicality and sheer energy. From the moment he springs out onto the stage, you can tell that Zucker is there to have fun – and will do anything to take us along with him.

A couple of bits get a little repetitive, but for the most part Zucker uses the ‘Comedy Rule of Three’ to perfection.

For a great ‘not to be taken seriously’ night out, a damn good laugh, and a shout out to little Joey (it will make sense, trust me) – Tuck(er) off and see Zach Tucker as Jack Zucker – I mean Zach Zucker as Jack Tucker!!

Reviewed by Brian Godfrey

Venue: Spare Room at the Garden of Unearthly Delights
Season: Until 17 March 2019
Duration: 60 mins
Tickets: $20 – $26


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