I always think of Jeff Green as an eminently likeable bloke. I have seen him before several times and he’s always a reliable bet for a good laugh. He has an easy relaxed manner. A sort of everyman approach.
He’s enjoyed success in the UK, from whence he hails, but made the decision after a long-distance relationship with a Melbourne girl to move to Australia, marry her and has 2 boys, still in Primary School.
The title of the show is a reflection of how long he’s been a stand-up comedian – 30 years. It’s a long time and there were a few choice recollections from his career in this show.
A quick reflection on the State of Victoria recognizing voluntary euthanasia lead to “Wouldn’t it be nice to have an optional series of ways to depart?” for example Sky diving with glitter instead of the parachute, and a few other whimsical and priceless choices.
Discussing over his mum’s opinion of his job as “Very glamorous”, Green illustrated one of the less than fabulous aspect of touring. The outdoor evening gig in Darwin in 40 degree heat under spotlights which attracted insects from kilometres away.
Mentioning that he’d been a late starter in the marriage and children stakes, Green embroidered on the theme of children’s outings when a parent is 50 rather than in his 20’s. The perils of The Ice Skating Outing or the visit to The Royal Melbourne Show. The latter lead to some examples of the rides his sons were keen to enjoy along with their Dad. “The Aneurism and The Blood Clot”. Green is a very physical comedian and his nimble recreations had the audience in stitches.
There was a very funny story about being completely upstaged on a television gig by Sir Anthony Hopkins.
A few wry reflections on his wife and their 20 year marriage which drew appreciative cheers from the men in the audience. Mostly day to day stuff about small, tit for tat, disagreements but in Green’s skilled hands were rendered all too familiar and ridiculously silly.
Green threw in a couple of his poems which were wildly alliterative and came in lists of attributes like The Cat and more touchingly about his shortly to be citizenship of Australia – The Lucky Country.
There was a poignant memory of 3 occasions when Green talked of a terrifying time, having to perform when there had been devastating incidents just prior to the show. The Port Arthur massacre, September 11 and after the death of Princess Diana. The last brought after hesitation, an enormous wave of applause and Green surmises that is the role of all comedians to produce comic relief.
He delivers in spades.
Frontier Comedy presents
Venue: The Gold Digger at Fringe Central | Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge WA
Dates: 7 – 11 February 2018