Zach Zucker, the ‘Zach’ half of 2017 Fringe comedy hit – and winner of the coveted weekly Fringe award for Best Comedy – “Zach and Viggo: Thunderflop” also brings his excellent solo show Human Person to this year’s Fringe Festival.
Human Person sees Zach experimenting with a range of ridiculous and hilarious characters, including the recurring “Theatre Man” and the brand new “Fan Man”. He demonstrates skills in mime, expression, and physical comedy, and isn’t afraid to go off track – in fact, much of the show is completely improvised. Zach knows how to expertly handle audience reaction, changes of pace, and a lack of audience participation, and never skips a beat.
Over the hour long show, Zach’s energy, enthusiasm, and character never lets up. He throws himself wholeheartedly into his performance, both physically and mentally, and that’s something to be admired in a performer. He also has the ability to laugh at himself, and to admit when his improvisations don’t quite end up like he anticipated – but this just makes him more endearing and hilarious.
The show does rely on participation from the audience, but until the end of the show, this is done on very micro level – asking audience members to take the ‘bowl of funny’ from his hands, making a mention to someone who is laughing extra hard – and he manages to read exactly how much certain people want to interact. Some comedians enjoy making people squirm, but Zach has an intuition for keeping the audience involved, but not alienating them or making them feel uncomfortable.
If you head to Human Person (which, believe me, you should), be sure to throw yourself wholeheartedly into the performance, just like Zach does. Human Person is ridiculous, hilarious, and genius, and is a must-see this Fringe.
Kryztoff Rating: 4.5K
Note: Zach Zucker: Human Person is on break until Sunday, 12th March, and will then continue until Sunday, 19th March.