The relaxed atmosphere at Feast Festival encouraged me to grab a glass of bubbly before entering the quiet and clean venue for Joels’ performance. Being a week night, the crowd was somewhat intimate, but enthusiastic. Joel’s voice entered the room before he did, competing with his tight, tight jeans for our attention and using his introduction as a launch pad for his bitchy humour.
Within the first five minutes of his performance, Joel had attacked Casey Donavon, his mother, the audience and himself in a bid to win us over. In the hour we had to enjoy Joel, there was talk of his high school formal, and the after party, his family and friends, and their attitude towards his sexuality, the popular (and un-popular) people in his school, the shows he watches on t.v, the experiences he had travelling with his family overseas, and what it’s like being a young gay man in Perth.
Although a young fellow, Joel’s life experience does allow some insightful jokes to be made from the world around him. The stories he shared about his poor mother’s drinking habits were quite expressive. He enjoyed sticking the boot into our bogan sub-culture, and the areas in which bogans are more plentiful. He used this to poke fun at the recent ACDC concert, saying whole areas like Noarlunga were ghost towns as the entire population sat outside the concert gates. This rang true to me as I witnessed a group break into that concert by tearing down the fence and running in.
He gave a running commentary of taking his mother backstage to meet Dame Judi Dench, whisking his mum from the bar, and how at the end, she nicked Judi’s umbrella and made them run out of the theatre. All in all, I enjoyed Joel’s performance, he squeezed a few belly laughs out of me, and the hour went by quickly. Give him a few years and he will have us all in stitches.
Kryztoff Rating 3K
Also, check out our interview with Joel at www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUNU0Pl3Tgw
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