There is no more appropriate title for a comedy show. We all have bloody thoughts is exactly what you’d expect from a comedian known for his rather boisterous diatribes, especially his appearances on the now-defunct ‘Tonightly’ show, several other stand-up appearances, or his opinion articles that dance on the line between satire and are uncomfortable really.
This is the line on which Greg Larsen lives. He’s a smart guy. He recognizes the difference between good and bad, left and right, straight and not and is happy to tell you about it. It’s when these thoughts conflict and when life becomes an ever-increasing battle between these opposing sides that things get complicated and this is what Larsen is trying to convey.
His life experiences have shaped him, from the lows – working at an electrical store in a major hail storm while his boss tells him to sell more – to the highs, playing Playstation at home while the world is locked, and revealing the stories in between. so much more about the man and ultimately help us respect him even more.
Larsen is a man who has been labeled all his life (fat goth, lefty, pedophile, angry, psycho), and his show goes a long way in exorcising the frustration and demons that come with it. It has cultivated a fervent desire to explain itself, to explain the world around it, and to do so in a way that is both intense and a little scary, but when done correctly, funny as hell .
Where some shows can be chilling in their embarrassment, Larsen’s show is cathartic in its honesty and how it exposes the comedian as a raw, intelligent person while delivering observations of his life and the world around him that can only come from an angry man. . mouth that had gone through a goth phase in Fortitude Valley.
If we didn’t know Greg Larsen before this show, we’ve since learned to appreciate where he comes from and a little bit more about where that angry persona comes from and to be honest, we all have a depressed, melodramatic cheeseburger loving man in us. who longs to break free. Larsen is way ahead of us.
FOUR STARS (OUT OF FIVE)
Reviewer was present on May 13.
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