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.