Things I Shouldn't Have Said | Eddie Ifft
Eddie Ifft immediately evokes comparisons with Arj Barker. Both are American comedians who spend substantial amounts of time in Australia and in many ways seem to prefer our culture to that of their native land. Both have appealingly goofy personalities and easygoing performance styles.
Eddie Ifft is maybe a little more mischievous however. His mouth gets him into trouble constantly and he seems to revel in it. This is the theme for his new show - Things I Shouldn't Have Said - which could also be titled Things You Shouldn't Hear If You're Easily Offended.
Nothing is sacred here. After warming up with that traditional comic's entree - airlines and airports - Ifft takes his audience on a frenetic ride encompassing midgets, AIDS, abortion, mormons, cancer, celebrity adoptions, homelessness, phone companies, predictive text, natural disasters and urinating in public, not necessarily in that order.
Ifft is at his best though when he gets a bit political. He has plenty of great things to say about America's hero complex and how Americans perceive themselves and are perceived by others. Ifft is also involved in the soon-to-be-released feature documentary America the Punchline, which deals with those same issues. He had a few things to say about Australia's proposed internet filter too.
Things I Shouldn't Have Said had a packed audience laughing non-stop all the way up to its outrageous and uncomfortably vivid finale. Proudly politically incorrect, Ifft hits all the right buttons that make Australians count him among Americans we love.
Mary Tobin presents
Things I Shouldn't Have Said
Venue: Trades Hall, The Quilt Room | Cnr Lygon & Victoria Sts, Carlton
Dates: 25 March - 18 April, 2010
Times: Tue - Sat 9.45pm, Sun 8.45pm
Duration: 60 minutes
Prices: Full $25, Concession $22, Tightarse Tuesday $20
Bookings: Ticketmaster 1300 660 013 | At the door