Dr. Brown, Dr. Brown, Dr. Brown. What can one say about Dr. Brown? "An interesting exercise in comedy," perhaps. "Funny on a spiritual level," I reckon. Not that he's spiritual in any way. I mean, he leads us in prayer at one point, but I don't think they were the kind of prayers that get answered... All I mean to say is that Dr. Brown is deeply, deeply funny.
If you haven't seen him, you should. He has cult status. This is mainly because he does comedy that others don't have the balls to do. He doesn't speak. Instead, Dr. Brown creates his own gestural language where a mere tilt of the head triggers an eruption of violent laughter from the middle of your gut.
Audience participation is a staple of his show, Befrdfgth, and it's done in a non-intimidating and hilarious way. You need to prepare to be kissed, lightly slapped, shooed out of the theatre, and thrust under his dress. Yes, you read that last bit right. And you can tell that Dr. Brown is always ready to accept new stimuli, and completely change the direction of his show if the right opportunity arises.
He manages to turn 'endurance' gags into an artform. He'll perform a completely innocuous action once, for example. He'll then do it again, perhaps with a slight variation. After the 40th time, that action is the most absurd and hilarious thing on the planet. You need him to stop. It's kind of like saying the word 'bacon' a thousand times fast. You'll never think of pig the same again.
The only downside to Dr. Brown is that if you don't 'get it', you really don't 'get it'. Walk-outs and hecklers are not unheard of. In our show, the middle-aged, suit-wearing man whose bald head got shined like a bowling ball, and whose date got sat-on, looked like he was enduring a colonic examination. But everyone else was loving it.
Dr Brown Befrdfgth
Part of the 2012 Adelaide Fringe Festival
Venues: The Tuxedo Cat - Yellow Room
Dates: Feb 24 – March 17, 2012
Tickets: $20.00 – $17.00