Ethan Addie is a young homosexual Australian who insists on calling himself a ”faggot”. I’m not sure whether this is reappropriation or a cheap attempt at laughs, but if doing this has a point, then it’s not especially well conveyed; in fact it just seems ineffectual and derogatory. In a jumbled stand-up set, he jokes a lot about the rookie mistakes he made in his early days of being ‘out’. Whilst one or two of the anecdotes work, the routine in general seems fragmented, disordered and messy; some stories come with too much detail, stifling the pace, while the constant fixing of hair and an unwillingness to make eye-contact is distracting and disengaging. There are glimmers of potential here and there which might mean there is a future for this young stand-up, but this show is a fitting example of one more rookie mistake.
The Street, 15-25 Aug, 6.30pm.
tw rating 2/5 | [Paige Wilson]