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 his rather garish tirades, especially his appearances on the now-defunct ‘Tonightly’ show, various other stand-up appearances, or his op-eds that dance the line between satire and comedy. be uncomfortably real.
This is the line where Greg Larsen resides He’s a smart guy. He recognizes the disparity between right and wrong, left and right, straight and not, and he’ll be happy to tell you about them. It is when these thoughts begin to conflict with each other and when life becomes an ever-increasing battle between these opposing sides that things get complicated and this is what Larsen tries to convey.
His life experiences have shaped him, from the lowest moments (working in an electrical retail store in a huge hail storm while his boss tells him to sell more) to the highest moments, playing Playstation at home while the world closes, and it’s the stories in between that reveal so much more about the man and ultimately help us respect him even more.
Larsen is a man who’s been covered in labels his whole life (fat goth, lefty, pedophile, angry, psycho), and his show is very much about exorcising frustration and the demons associated with it. He has generated a fervent desire to explain himself, to explain the world around him and to do it in an intense way, a little bit scary, but when he presents himself in the right way, funny as hell.
While some shows can be embarrassing in their embarrassment, Larsen’s show is cathartic in its honesty and in the way it exposes the comedian as a raw, intelligent person while offering insights into his life and the world around him that could only be arise from the mind of an angry man. mouth that had gone through a gothic phase in Fortitude Valley.
If we didn’t know Greg Larsen before this show, we’ve since learned to appreciate where he’s coming from and know a little more about where that angry personality comes from, and to be honest, we all have a depressed, melodramatic cheeseburger. loving man within us who yearns to break free. Larsen is way ahead of us.
FOUR STARS (OUT OF FIVE)
The reviewer attended on May 13.
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