Nick Rado's How did we survive the 90s? is all that and a bag of chips.
We start with a slideshow of 90s icons, from Hulk Hogan to the Hoff, which draw giggles of recognition. When Rado takes the stage, we're ready to care for him like a Tamagochi.
Rado makes excellent use of the multimedia throughout the show, getting us clapping along to the theme from Friends or freeze-framing the most cringe-worthy moments of an educational video. His simply presented misheard song lyrics of the 90s have me in stitches – buggin', even – and I will never look at the theme song to The Fresh Prince of Bel Air the same way again.
So often stand-up show titles or themes can seem really arbitrary or tacked on, but Rado works his theme for all it is worth, covering a huge breadth of material, from the Hutt Valley slogan to international pop stars.
While I find my pleasure often depends on how much a particular image sticks in my mind – Holy cow, grippy catch! -- there's enough absurdity in Rado's observations to lift the night above a simple nostalgiafest.
So if you were alive and interested in pop culture in the 90s, dig out a couple-a beans and slip-slide your way down to Fringe Bar. BOOYAH.
If you remember a time of slap bands, tamagotchi pets, boy bands, and 90210 then you my friend have lived through the 90′s. Nick Rado (NZ) presents an hour length show pondering this question .. How Did We Survive the 90′s?
The nineties was quite a pleasant and confusing era for me, I would be between the ages of 3-12 so young enough to remember my bowl haircuts and old enough to dread them. I would be what Nick Rado calls the Pokemon generation, and yes.. “Pikachuuuu”
I loved Spice Girls and cried over their breakup, I secretly watched Xena, chatter-rings were in, I had a white BMX bike that had purple and pink rims named Diana (I am dead serious, it was named that) and best of all I played outside! What compelled me to see this show was that I would be reunited with fond memories of everything I loved and loathed in the 90′s.