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Whinging Puns | Brian and Krysstal
Written by Peter Bleby   
Saturday, 27 February 2010 12:28

Whinging Puns | Brian and KrysstalIt’s a funny thing, comedy. And for stand-up, it’s seldom funnier than in the hands of an accomplished Pom or two.

Brian and his “lovely assistant”, Krysstal (do they have other names?) are a well known English couple, who provide an entertaining 45 minutes or so of wonderful silliness, some cute songs, some political incorrectness, some sick vomit and poo jokes and a lot of originality. It is all done with that intangible panache, subtlety and ability to laugh at one’s self that is quintessential to British humour.

This version is based on a lot of puns, unexpected twists and word plays, and lots of double entendre and sexual in-your-end-o, liberally peppered with the F word, so it’s hardly for children or the prim. The demonstration of a didjeri-dildo is a remarkable addition to a fairly convincing attempt at an Aussie country song.

If there is a theme, although this is not constant or overwhelming, it is about depression and how things couldn’t really get worse. Yet even this is made funny. Brian shows he is a master of timing, and Krysstal’s inconsistency (being sometimes complete bimbo, and at others a sophisticated wannabe radio hostess) can be forgiven because of her versatility as a performer.

All in all, this pair’s ability to engage a very small audience is impressive. All sixteen of us laughed until we stopped. There are more comedy shows in town - often playing to very small audiences - than you can shake a what-not at. This one deserves a bigger one.


Brian and Krysstal
WHINGING PUNS

Venue: Ambar Lounge, Ambassadors Hotel | 107 King William Street, Adelaide
Dates/Times: 26 February - 14 March (Not Mondays) @ 8.30pm
Tickets: Thu-Sat $15 full, $12 conc. - Sun, Tue, Wed $12 & $10
Bookings: adelaidefringe.com.au* | Tickets at venue
*plus fees
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