He says he is the epitome of average, but stand-up newcomer Brendon Green is anything but in his new show.
With a title like Everything Is Meaningless And Nothing Matters, lol, you could expect to be subjected to depressing, hopeless stories and humour as black as liquorice. And you would be right.
But there are also moments of light-hearted awesomeness and some pure sweetness as well.
With a poster of Taylor Swift watching over him (he loves her, she is his "potato") Green flits between tales of lost love and the Jonas Brothers, and songs about zombie armies, wardrobe choices of the homeless and a very, very clever tune about books and girls. Yes, that one really was very good.
He uses words and wordplay skilfully and has a small obsession with love - whether it's for sober drivers or French girls. Green is a comedian caught up in pop culture and who isn't afraid to play his age or take the mikey out of himself.
It was his first ever solo stand-up performance last night, and yes, it did show, but only for a wee bit. By the time he got in the swing of things - I'd say it was the moment after his song confusing (and combining) his love of fellow gym-goers and food - and relaxed into things, there was a youthful charm about the show.
He says he wanted to make it easy for people to explain just exactly what the show is about, so it might be best to leave it with his own description - Brendon Green loves Taylor Swift and he might be a cannibal. But he also has a sweet wit about him.
Brendon Green - Everything Is Meaningless And Nothing Matters, lol
May 8 - 12 at Brooklyn Bar, Auckland.
Last night Brendon Green performed his first solo show. Ever. And you know what? I'm glad I was there to be part of it.
It's a big step for any performer to take to the stage alone for an hour, and Green was nervous to begin with. There was too much “what I'm going to do” talk before he relaxed and just did it. From there, we were away.
With the help of his acoustic guitar, and a pin-up of the love-of-his-life by his side, Green's stories and original songs find humour in the mundane aspects of life, proving that everything really is meaningless.
The show is an hour-long peep into the warped mind of a self-proclaimed “average” guy. Add his guitar playing to the mix and Green is a star in the making. His penchant for combining two seemingly unrelated subjects in his songs is hilarious – man-love and food, women and reading (his top two things to do in bed) – and I honestly think he's composed the best love song ever written.
Green's audience was receptive (if a tad worried they'd be picked on in the very intimate venue) and quickly warmed to his self-deprecating style. Massive laughs bore that out – at one point the woman next to me was in tears. By the time he relayed his Florence/Paris story, Green had everyone eating out of the palm of his hand.
He's at the Brooklyn Bar until Saturday May 12th. Go and see him – and tell him to get on a plane to Paris.
When the Comedy Festival rolls into town each year – it can be hit and miss figuring out which shows to go to. Usually, a casual method of flicking through the program at random helps. But if there’s one show I’m glad I didn’t miss, it was Brendon Green’s sold-out debut appearance at the Festival last night.
For a pessimist (the show is call “Everything is Meaningless and Nothing Matters, LOL”), he’s really upbeat and optimistic. Part ministrel, part storyteller the show marches through the qualms of being average, the perils of looking for love and romance in Paris and a variety of lovesongs using food metaphors. Along the way he tips his hat to irony, satire and puns that you can’t help but giggle at before finally arriving at a well-crafted finale. He both performs and commentates the show as it goes along, being sure to point out highlights to the crowd.
It’s hard to believe that this is Brendon’s debut at the Comedy Festival – at times, his self-deprecating humor is so relaxed he seems torn between incredulity and shock at his own jokes – but a gay love song, inspired by joining the gym and sung by a heterosexual, white, middle class man will do that to you. Perhaps my favourite song of the night – his ballad of explanation for why he didn’t call the girl back after that first date – an absolute chuckler.
To read more, go to: http://www.aucklandscene.co.nz/2012/05/nz-international-comedy-festival-brendon-green/