There couldn’t be a more fitting title for a comedy show. We all have bloody thoughts is exactly what you’d expect from a comedian who is known for pretty blatant diatribes, especially for his appearances on the now-defunct show ‘Tonightly’, various other stand-up appearances or his opinion pieces that dance the line between satire and being uncomfortably so. real.
This is the line where Greg Larsen resides. He’s a smart guy. He recognizes the disparity between good and evil, left and right, right and not, and would be happy to talk about them. It’s when these thoughts start to conflict with each other and when life becomes an ever-increasing battle between these opposing sides that things get complicated and that’s what Larsen tries to convey.
His life experiences have shaped him, from the lows – working at an electric retail store in a big hailstorm while his boss is telling him to sell more – to the highs, playing Playstation at home while the world crashes, and it’s the stories. in between that reveal much more about man and, ultimately, help us to respect him even more.
Larsen is a man who has been plastered with labels all his life (fat goth, left-handed, pedophile, rabid, psychopath), and his show goes to great lengths to exorcise the frustration and demons that are associated with it. It spawned a fervent desire to explain yourself, to explain the world around you and to do it in an intense way, a little scary, but when delivered in the right way, funny as hell.
Where some shows can be embarrassing in their embarrassment, Larsen’s show is cathartic in its honesty and how it exposes the comedian as a raw, intelligent person, while making observations of his life and the world around him that could only come out of his mouth. an angry man. mouth that went through a Gothic phase in Fortitude Valley.
If we didn’t know Greg Larsen before that show, we’ve since learned to appreciate where he’s coming from and to know a little more about where this cranky personality is coming from, and to be honest, we all have a depressed, melodramatic cheeseburger. loving man within us who yearns to be freed. Larsen is way ahead of us.
FOUR STARS (OF FIVE)
Reviewer appeared on May 13.
The Sydney Comedy Festival runs until May 22nd – visit their website for more details