FRINGE 2019 – Jack Tucker: Comedy Standup Hour – 4.5K – The Garden of Unearthly Delights

Think of every bad American comedian you can think of. Think of every trope, every sound effect, every joke. All of it.

Well, it all lies here in Jack Tucker: Comedy Standup Hour. And that’s a good thing.

Comedian Zach Zucker (of Zach and Viggo fame) presents his alter ego, terribly cringing comedian Jack Tucker. Jack dances onto the stage to American Woman, professes multiple times about how he’s married and doing comedy for his son, ‘Joey’, and is lit to the colours of the American flag. Eagles screech to remind the audience of just how American Jack is. There’s horn noises and sound effects galore, peppering the show. Jack constantly taps his mic to see if the audience can hear him up the back. There’s impressions. Jack’s show is where comedy goes to die. But my god, it’s a beautiful, ridiculous death.

The only downside is that sometimes the audience seemed a little confused as to if they were supposed to participate in Jack’s show – sometimes they were, and Jack rolled with it; sometimes they weren’t, and he would interrupt them, and so after a while the participation ended. Also, there were parts that could have been teased out or fulfilled even more, like his impressions. Zach is a great impressionist, and he could have leaned in to this a little more, because they’re so spot on.

This meta-standup is hilariously funny. Suspend all expectations and go in there ready to interact with Jack – it’s much more fun if you do. And think of every terrible comedian you’ve ever watched. You’re about to meet them all at once, but it will be great.

Kryztoff rating: 4.5K

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