6.30 pm (i.e. broad day light in Perth summer) is not the best time to launch a new comedy one-man show in a FRINGE Festival boasting 300 shows. Josh did his best and was largely well-received.
This show was devoted to his career as a school librarian. It gave him wonderful material which he exploited to the full.
His trademark 4 chord guitar, hectic paced songs were better than ever, especially when he traded barbed comments with his mother when they attempted to skype.
He then segued into an hilarious riff, accompanied by childhood slides of himself, in his mother’s fancy dress designs; Mr Squiggle, Dame Edna Everage; first prize! A golliwog; got called into the principal’s office!
The Dewey Decimal System of Library Cataloguing was cleverly used throughout the show. Numbered and named Dewey Decimal titles were shot onto the screen behind him and he held forth on the topic, eg 515 Graphs “I love graphs!” Thence, into a wonderful dissertation on the elements that make up a hippie, further broken down into a pie chart. Brilliant!
A venture into writing for Australian Penthouse lead to clever mimicry of the said publication’s Christmas party. There was a memorable, but brief, relationship with a girl who pronounced “library” as “libary”. Particularly satisfying to this writer who loathes the commonly pronounced “sekertery” (secretary). A rousing heavy metal number espousing the uber cool “Dooey Dooey Decimal System ”closed the show.
It was a pleasure to see how this comedian is maturing into such a brilliant writer of comedy. From one topic shows, into some wonderfully varied rambles about Jesus and his one present Christmas and birthday gifts, to the joys of fatherhood.
The pace was frantic but the content and delivery bode well for a long comedic career.
Josh Earl is a Librarian
Venue: De Parel Spiegeltent
Dates: Feb 18 – 23 2013
Tickets: $20.00 – $25.00
Part of the 2013 Perth International Fringe Festival