Courteney Peters - Gatherandhunt.co.nz'His comedy is relentless, and although all that chat seems effortless for him, the loops and side streets he takes you down are a challenge to follow. He leaves loose threads all over the place, and picks them all up again in a seemingly unplanned and haphazard manner...'open/close
We all have one of those friends who always says the wrong thing, who never thinks before they speak, with hilarious and often awkward results. Carl Donnelly must be that friend to someone. I couldn't help but imagine him being reprimanded for the trait his whole life, only to discover the perfect outlet for it on the comedy stage. His hour length show is filled to capacity with stories, tangents, self-directed disdain and a fair wallop of awkward, hilarious audience interaction.To begin with, I was laughing at the depth and muddiness of the holes he managed to talk himself into, by the end I was chuckling at the clever way he played with truth and lies, blurring the two.
It's clear this guy was born to talk for a living. He's so good at it that even he fails to notice the time passing. The words pour from his mouth in a semi-structured stream of consciousness, and Carl's wry, chuckling acceptance of this tendancy to word-vomit is how he gets you on side. It's his self-aware, honest evalualation of everything that tumbles from his mouth that makes you like him. He's clearly a liar. He cannot be trusted, and yet when he announces that he's a bit of a prick, that it's his fault he's going through a divorce, you don't believe him. You trust him anyway. In fact, you kinda want to give him a hug.
You might come out of Carl Donnelly's show feeling a little exhausted. His comedy is relentless, and although all that chat seems effortless for him, the loops and side streets he takes you down are a challenge to follow. He leaves loose threads all over the place, and picks them all up again in a seemingly unplanned and haphazard manner. The guy's a mess, but a highly recommended, entertaining, glorious mess.
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Liam Golds - KeepingupwithNZ.com'Generalities are ignored in favour of personal anecdotes, and those expecting joke after joke may be a little surprised by his candor, where much of the evening is made up of tales of his newly single foolishness and dangerous love of crumpets...'open/close
Carl Donnelly returns to our shores for the 2014 Comedy Festival. Despite previous appearances, this is his first solo show in New Zealand, and he’s a little nervous. But if the warm response he received at last night’s performance is any indication, he shouldn’t be.
Right off the bat, Donnelly announces that he is currently trying to deal with a messy divorce, and the situation informs a lot of his comedy. The differences between men and women is an old, worn out topic when it comes to stand up, but thankfully it’s really just a springboard for Donnelly to do what he does best – tell stories. Generalities are ignored in favour of personal anecdotes, and those expecting joke after joke may be a little surprised by his candor, where much of the evening is made up of tales of his newly single foolishness and dangerous love of crumpets.
If I was a little worried about his tendency to involve the crowd (too shy to get involved, it’s why I critique), it soon becomes obvious that this just allows him with more room to riff. Donnelly forms bits on the fly. Ideas come to him in the middle of one story that can cause several minute tangents. This can result in some moments where the actual punchlines are few, but Donnelly’s storytelling is amusing enough to hold interest.
It makes for a light, easygoing experience, one where you can see the comic process occur right in front of you. If not a joke-a-minute, Donnelly’s free-flowing monologues are wonderfully unpredictable. I’m still not entirely sure how much was preplanned and how much just comes to him throughout the set, but that’s a plus in my book.
Carl Donnelly is a must see. His uber cool delivery and hilarious story telling makes him one of the real highlights. His story about the worst party he ever went to is so uncomfortably funny and cringing you can’t help but bely laugh.
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