Tim MinchinTim Minchin steps on stage looking, as usual, like the love child of a young Iggy Pop, Ludwig van Beethoven and a rabbit stuck in my headlights. Timidly and plastered with mascara Tim launches into his title track and opening song ‘So Rock’, where he explains to the audience that he is ‘so fucking rock, so mother fucking rock’ while playing air guitar. I don’t think anyone in the audience was really convinced but they didn’t care either because they didn’t come to see Tim for a rock show; here is a man with a razor wit, unquestionable command of the piano and a dark insight into the resolution of a lot of the worlds greatest problems.

At one point throughout the performance Tim fucked up the order of his segments… the kind of thing that could potentially ruin the show. But Tim proved his accomplishment as a performer and in his shy style explained his mix up and how he intended to resolve the issue. When it actually came to the segments that he had already performed the beginning of once he adlibbed his way once again through the same material, but somehow his self consciousness and timid delivery added to the humour of the situation. It is moments like this that make live performance so unique and in which only a gifted performer will pull through with the goods.

You may have noticed my use of expletives within this review and I have done such as they are used extensively throughout So Rock. Tim is of the opinion (to which I agree) that the offensive nature of language is related to context rather than sound or symbol. Subsequently some people are going to be offended by his language and concepts… let’s just say So Rock isn’t entirely politically correct. Comedy is about laughing at yourself, your society and your foibles as much as it is about laughing at the person on stage. Language is a collection of shared concepts by which we apply meaning to sounds and symbols in order to understand one another. To consider a sound or symbol offensive without examining the context within which it is used is a shallow way with which to experience the world and one devoid of many pleasures.

So Rock debuted last year in Melbourne to packed houses and rave reviews and has since been nominated for a Barry Award for Most Outstanding Show. Tim himself is a UK based Aussie who is well toured and has been awarded the Perrier Award for Best Newcomer to the Edinburgh Fringe 2005 and Festival Directors Choice Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2005.

Minchin’s So Rock is a crucible of bubbling hot cabaret where his lyrics are complemented by musical aptitude, seasoned with some stand-up and a pinch of beat poetry. Throughout the show, in addition to a good ol’ belly wobble, Tim provides solutions to the obesity epidemic, the Jewish/Islam divide and all those plastic bags that are choking mother Earth to death. Conservative prudes will be offended by a lot of Tim’s repertoire, but anyone with a sense of humour will thoroughly enjoy So Rock.

Tim Minchin
So Rock

Venue: The Studio | Sydney Opera House
Dates: Tues 1, Wed 2, Fri 4, Sat 5, Tues 8 to Sat 12 May @ 9pm, Sun 13 May @ 5pm
Tickets: $30/$20
Bookings: (02) 9250 7777 or www.sydneyoperahouse.com/thestudio

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