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Ouch and Other Words | Jennifer Wong
Written by jane barton   
Saturday, 05 May 2012 18:03

Ouch and Other Words | Jennifer WongPhoto – James Penlidis

Jennifer Wong
is an endearing comic. Her quiet, almost timid approach to comedy is refreshing after the hard-core cynicism of so many stand-ups.

This show, Ouch and Other Words, is book ended by a story about her mum choking on a fish bone and her subsequent decision to do a first aid course with the aim of learning about preventing her loved ones from dying. En route she detours via the challenges of making a phone call to the Chinese consulate and some beautifully observed whimsy about Australia Post's efforts to combat racism. The larger themes that emerge are the absurdities of racism and the equally bizarre lengths Wong goes to in rendering it powerless.

Well placed to expose the insidious nature of racism in all its guises, Wong acts as a gentle and generous guide. She is an astute performer who manages to turn shyness into a strength and the laughs the audience derive are rumbling belly laughs that sustain you like a bowl of chicken soup.


2012 Sydney Comedy Festival
Ouch and Other Words
Jennifer Wong

Venue: The Factory Theatre | The Match Box, NSW
Dates: 3 & 8 May 2012
Bookings: www.ticketek.com.au




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