I’ve always thought comedy can be measured by the amount of laughing coming from the audience. However, after seeing comedian Justin Hamilton and his show Three Colours Hammo: Moving, I’ve happily changed my mind. This is not to say that the audience didn’t laugh excessively, because they did, rather that the show was progressive. That is, when Hamilton began the show, he had to lay the ground work, make the audience feel welcome, warm us up as it were because what Hamilton was actually doing, rather than centralize his show around a Laugh-O-Metre, was tell a story.
Hamilton is a very funny, clever and endearing story teller for three reasons. Firstly, he made me appreciate his craft. Hamilton is an intelligent comedian, and that’s something that I’ve never really seen before. Comedians to me are either, simple observers, or zany characters, which takes intelligence, I am aware. However, the way in which Hamilton used his words, left me in awe. He selected, structured and arranged his words perfectly. Hamilton is a wordsmith, who has an innate ability to organise his words in a comedic fashion and it really is amazing to watch this unfold.
Secondly, the very way in which he tells his stories. Hamilton speaks at a pace that breaks Olympic records. But this very fact gives so much delight to the audience. If you neglect the show for a split second, you may just miss the funniest thing you’ve ever heard. For me, when I caught the quick little side comments that adorned the show, I not only felt privileged, because there were times when I missed a couple of punchlines, but delighted at the random analogies derived from Hamilton’s quirky mind. He also has an ability to admit his flaws when retelling stories of his past and this created for me many humorous moments. There’s nothing better then someone pre-empting a story with the blatant admission of their idiocy.
Thirdly, it was the physical delivery of the show that made his story telling all the more enjoyable. Being from a theatrical background, I understand the benefits of a great set and costumes, their ability to enhance a show and its meaning. When Hamilton has to rely on his body to tell the story, without sets and costumes, you again begin to appreciate his craft. The simple staging was perfection. Relying heavily on his natural plethora of gestures and facial expressions, Hamilton engaged the audience. When he reenacted a conversation he simply relocated according to the position of the persons in question. That’s it and it was perfect. The imagination was working overtime and that is exactly why the show appealed to me.
What is difficult about comedy is that people have a different concept of what is humorous. If you don’t appreciate crudeness and what is considered to be inappropriate language for some, then there are moments in this show that might offend. However, if you can overlook these few moments, you will be in for an enjoyable ride. If nothing else, you will want to revisit Dukes of Hazzard, a seemingly impossible feat, I know.
this tale of Hamilton’s move to Melbourne, of his love life and life
views, wasn’t necessarily the most important story to be told. But it
certainly was entertaining to be taken on a journey with sidetracks,
“in house” jokes and sincerity.
TOKEN Events presents
JUSTIN HAMILTON – THREE COLOURS HAMMO: MOVING
Venue: Visy Theatre
Dates/Times: 16 – 21 October, Tue-Sat 9:30pm, Sun 7:15pm (Moving) 8:30pm (double show)
Bookings: 3358 8600 or brisbanepowerhouse.org