A boozy Saturday night crowd wants easy gags. Thankfully Gordon Southern, the host of The Big Show - one of the more glamorous daily events at the festival - was full of them.
His jokes around binge drinking and Aussie/Kiwi accents prompted a steady stream of that canned sort of laughter, preparing the audience for a full-steam attack on the senses by coarse Canadian Pete Johansson. The slovenly king of irony opened with a set of punchlines that would serve well as an earnest follow-up sexual education session for the over-30s.
A master of the well-oiled analogy, Johansson turned his tubby waistline - and everything below it - into a crude half-hour of wildly imaginative imagery that will no doubt have his crowd referring to cracked coconuts, mice running towards cheese and grandfather clock pendulums for a while yet. He was followed by relative newcomer Mike Wozniak, a British comedian resembling a mad scientist who has made a breakthrough discovery about the birds and bees.
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