Fringe Review: Michael Shafar – 50/50

Michael Shafar’s subject matter this time round is one that normally isn’t a cause for laughter – Cancer. But the way Shafar, a sufferer of the diease himself (but a survivor), handles it, we don’t feel guilty or uncomfortable at all.

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Shafar returns this year even funnier!
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5

Reviewed at Gluttony on 20 February 2019

Presented by Michael Shafar

First up, let me admit that I went nuts over Michael Shafar when he made his Adelaide Fringe debut last year – 5 stars out of 5. One of the writers on Channel 10’s The Project had us eating out of his hands with comedy material based around his growing up in Melbourne as a good little Jewish boy.

Could lightning strike twice and Shafar be as hilarious this year? No – he was so much better!!!

His subject matter this time round was one that normally isn’t a cause for laughter – Cancer. But the way Shafar, a sufferer of the diease himself (but a survivor), handles it, we don’t feel guilty or uncomfortable at all. He has such a likable, smooth way about him, that one is at ease and howling with laughter from his first words: which happen to be about the inappropriateness of the venues Adelaide has had him performing in these last two Fringes.

Shafar’s extremely funny material covers ALL things dealing with Cancer: Chemo, losing a testicle, raising money for Cancer, how people react (both patients and their family and friends), vegans and even being the ninth Australian Spelling Champion (yes, that’s how obtuse the routine gets). Like any excellent stand-up comedian, everything is handled from the personal perspective and in Shafar’s case that is honest and very, very funny.

No matter how heavy a subject may be, Shafar can definitely make us see the extremely funny and absurd side of it – and may he continue to do so for many, many more Fringes to come.

Reviewed by Brian Godfrey

Twitter: @briangods

Venue: The Piglet at Gluttony

Season: Until 24 February 2019

Duration: 50 mins

Tickets: $19.50 – $25

 

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