Josh Thomas preaches to the converted
This article first appeared at Farrago.
This might sound like I’m stating the obvious, but if you don’t like Josh Thomas, you won’t like his new show. That’s not to say that Thomas’ new show Douchebag isn’t funny. But it’s hard to imagine an unknown comic reciting Thomas’ jokes about pet dogs or broken Sakata biscuits word-for-word and receiving just as warm a response
Much like Dave Hughes, Thomas’ appeal is rooted in his delivery and celebrity profile. Indeed, he is loved not so much for his repertoire of witty gags, but for his cute yet zany personality. Generation Y simply can’t get enough of his whiny nearly-British accent, scruffy hair, and effeminate mannerisms. It’s for this very reason the skinny 25-year-old has become a well-recognised brand and a Melbourne icon.
Not surprisingly, on the night I went, the Please Like Me star found it easy to squeeze laughs from the audience. The crowd seemed to find amusement not only in Thomas’ intimate anecdotes and self-deprecating yarns, but also in his perennial awkwardness and vaguely amusing off-hand comments.
To his credit, Thomas has a steady fan base for good reason. There’s certainly something that sets him apart from the others floating around Melbourne’s comedy circuit. One potential consideration is that Thomas is a captivating storyteller. Not all of his narratives have much of a point; Thomas admits just as much while sharing a tale about hand jobs in Bangkok. Nevertheless, he is effective at hooking his audience in and pulling them into his crazy world, however arbitrary his bait might seem.
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