Truly great comedy, that takes risks and tackles serious subject matter, is not an easy road. It requires great skill and hard work to get right. But sometimes, when an artist manages to do that, comedy can speak to an audience in a way that no other art form can. It makes you laugh, gets your guard down and then gets you right in the heart.
You can tell from the second you walk into Simon Keck’s show that this is no ordinary stand up hour. He transforms his little room at the Portland Hotel into a theatrical space and uses light fades, a couple of clever props and the timbre and rhythm of a theatre piece to lend substance and pathos to this hilarious, insightful and excellently written and performed show.
Tackling issues like depression and suicide is a challenge for both artist and audience, but I can’t remember the last time I left a comedy show with warmth in my heart, tears in my eyes and a mind buzzing with the kind of evocative images that can only be conjured up by strong, clever, considered writing.
See it. Tell your friends. I promise, you won’t regret it.
Portland Hotel - Locker Room