All eyes and no talk, The Boy With Tape On His Face opened last night with enough wit to whet the appetite of every man and his dog. Dog and bone aside, the audience ate the free-flowing gags with ease and straight from his palm. As a slapstick virtuoso he took us all on a rollercoaster ride of short original, prop-infused acts.
“The Boy” is otherwise known as Sam Wills, and he brings an awkwardly comic and curious personality to the stage. Toying with the audience like another prop from his bag, he takes the mickey out of many and commands the attention and control of everyone. This is comedy without the complexities of politics, history or intellectual rigmarole that requires too much noggin power. The working day is over after all, and all we want is just a damn good laugh. A mere five minutes in, I caught myself mid-snort and thigh slap and I knew this was an hour well spent with this taped-up lark.
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The time came for the 'The Boy' to take the stage and from the get go he had the crowd enthralled. His style of comedy is certainly unique and what he does, he does absolutely brilliantly. Using props, music and a lot of different audience members the one hour show never has a dull moment and even had me in fits of laughter.
Without giving too much away, hair dryers, plungers and toilet seats make an appearance and the soundtrack includes music like Free Falling and The Good the Bad and the Ugly. I loved the way he used music almost as the punch-line of a joke and with more prowess than most talking comedians can do it.
Without a doubt Sam Wills is one of the cleverest performers I have ever seen and is definitely a world-class act, which is probably why he was included in the Royal Variety Performance and Fringe Festivals all over the world.
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Getting two strangers to kiss passionately on a stage in front of hundreds of people - including their partners - is no easy task.
But The Boy With Tape On His Face is persuasive.
With his quirky facial expression and gestures, the comic urged the pair to perform a courtship skit and after two unacceptable attempts - a kiss on the cheek and an awkward peck - they gave in and went for the full smooch.
Only then were the audience allowed to applaud and the stars allowed off stage.
The award-winning comedian's show is dependent on his fans' participation, and we were warned beforehand to be good sports.
In a cheery, sing-song voice, the MC said: "Play along or you will look like a cock."
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The seemingly makeshift assortment of cardboard boxes, a chair, a stool, shelf unit and bits and pieces (a microphone even!?), creates an anticipatory air of something playful and imagination-based. As this is my first time witnessing the now legendary face-taped Boy, I'm intrigued and excited, looking forward to learning what all the fuss is about and generally expecting the unexpected.
Firstly though, Jamie Bowen warms up the audience with his fairly universal brand of inappropriate wit.* He claims it's a homecoming performance of sorts, being a Shore boy born and bred, and proceeds to slag off any locals who didn't go to the same high school as him, before launching into twenty odd minutes about Being a Comedian (they do say talk about what you know), investigating social prejudices and stereotypes re. redheads, Asian drivers, male libidos, bestial pornography etc. Something for everyone to be both amused and offended by.
After the break it's The Boy's turn. As the near-full auditorium returns to their seats the title character, aka Sam Wills, sits pigeon-toed, sighing and fidgeting in his trademark black mop, stripy top, slim grey suit, purple sneakers and of course the iconic short strip of gaffer tape sealing up his gob.
The lights go down and a friendly PA voice welcomes us, advising it's an interactive show so if you're called up "play along, or you will look like a cock!"
Possibly the most classic of all musical introductory stings is that of 20th Century Fox, which our hero seeks to punctuate with a party blower... Problem #1: how can he blow the whistle with his mouth covered? Solution: the first of many instances of delightful ingenuity designed to charm and amaze, as they invariably do.
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