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When Jokes Strike Back | Jimmy James Eaton
Written by Hayley Mayne   
Thursday, 27 May 2010 21:51

When Jokes Strike Back | Jimmy James EatonJimmy James Eaton’s latest comic offering is high-energy, loud, fast, crazy and an absolute hoot!

Do yourself a favour and see Perth’s answer to a butch Sinead O’Connor (his description not mine) as he performs his last offering before he heads East to wow the crowds.

Having seen Eaton perform numerous times for the Big HOO-HAA I have to admit that I turned up expecting to see him walk on stage, tell a few jokes and give me a good belly laugh along the way. What I wasn’t expecting was a full on theatrical performance with a storyline to boot.

The performance started with a humorous audio-visual accompanied by great lighting and sound, and then a movie-star entrance by Eaton.

There is no doubt that this man has an amazing if somewhat warped imagination. I seriously have no idea where this man gets the energy!

He is totally aware of every little comment being made in the room and in between delivering his jokes he manages to stop and deliver a witty response, every time. Pity the young lady who couldn’t wait an hour til the end of the show to go to the toilet! Even his mother sitting in the front row with his step-dad found themselves at the butt of many a joke – but then you get that if your name is Cynthia Eaton and you decide to hyphenate your name with a man who’s surname is Dicks!

The underlying storyline to his performance was that his jokes are sick and tired of him getting all the limelight and they have had enough and decide to fight back. Eaton’s stand up is interspersed with moments where the audience is thrown into blackness and they hear the “voices” of his jokes who are getting increasingly annoyed and beginning to cause havoc to the show.

A highlight of the performance for me was Eaton’s beatboxing. Using a recording device Eaton would beatbox a tune and then play it back while he would introduce lyrics over the top. The show was worth going to just to see him do that.

Two of my favourite skits were the baby skit and the Justin Bieber joke – even if it was incredibly crude.

Even when this man stumbles, he can laugh at himself and the audience laughs right along with him.

For a night of laughs get yourself a ticket, that’s if you can as there are limited performances and Eaton was playing to an almost capacity audience on his opening night.

The 2010 Wild West Comedy Festival & Bootleg Comedy presents
When Jokes Strike Back
Jimmy James Eaton

Venue: Astor Upstairs | 659 Beaufort St, Mount Lawley, WA
Dates: May 26 – 29, 2010
Tickets: $18 Full / $15 Concession
Bookings: BOCS (08) 9484 1133 |

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