Dan Willis is effortless on stage, a natural performer with a like-ability more famous comedians would kill for. An international comedian who has become a regular face here at the MICF he takes us on a journey through the trials and tribulations of his life with hilarious effect.
Using tall tales, razor sharp whit and a projector showing clips from the `80s cult classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Dan holds the audience for an entire hour, offering tales of morality and quips about the film and life in general, while dipping into the audience to engage them, before returning to his show.
A must see at this years festival.
At the end of Dan Willis' show everyone in the audience is given a badge which says: "WHAT WOULD FERRIS DO?''
And that pretty much sums up this hour-long show by Willis, a Brit who is a staple on the global comedy circuit.
A self-confessed IT geek, who was bullied at school, Willis reveals snapshots of his life set against various screen projections of the `80s cult classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
It is engaging and entertaining, perhaps more than rib-tickling funny, a modern-day morality tale based on the wisdom of Ferris.
The merits of taking a sickie, telling the truth, how to be cool and accepting responsibility are all examined.
Constant audience interaction saw some surprising revelations, with one guy willing to admit when he lost his virginity and one woman happy to discuss her PMT and relationship arguments.
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Keeping up with the Grid - Ingrid GrenarThere has been so many great shows on this week that I only got a chance to see Dan Willis’s last night but I am glad I did.
His hour show is based around his favourite film, yes you guessed it the 1986 classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
This ex IT geek from the UK tells us of his life changing decision to quit his stable and comfortable job in IT to become a stand-up comedian.
He uses Ferris Bueller as his mentor or spiritual leader as he asks ‘What would Ferris do’ with any of his life’s decisions.
This seems to have worked for him so far and who didn’t admire Ferris, Cameron and Sloane and their youthful abandon.
Dan keeps his audience attention through a great paced show of anecdotal stories which he can relate back to the film, showing us some well-known clips or quotes. He is comfortable, with a laid back likeability on stage which makes his witty material flow smoothly around the structure of the show.
He also dissects the film slightly, analysing the characters journey and what we can learn from them.
He is charming and amusing with some great autobiographical stories. Dan goes back to his school days of being bullied right up to his avoidance of marriage during adulthood. All the while he cleverly involves and relates back to this iconic coming of age film.
I loved the idea of this show and it works really well. The fact that he has used such a classic and well loved film helps, as most of us want to be the cool kid who could pull off a ‘day off’ or indeed do a’ Dan’ and change your whole life!
I think Dan made the right decision moving to comedy from IT. He may never get the call to save the world by turning a computer on and off again but as Ferris says, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around every once in a while, you could miss it.”
You have one more chance to see the show in Auckland, so don’t miss your chance to see how Ferris can be part of your life through an hour of laughs and funny reflections. Warning you may leave with a strong desire to watch the film again too!