WHEN he strides onto the stage, Dane Baptise is brimming with a confidence that instantly calms the audience – they know they’re in the hands of a comedy professional.
In a meticulously structured show, Dane details the evils of G.O.D – gold, oil and drugs.
While that might sounds like heavy subject matter, many of Dane’s satirical sermons go off on some delightfully silly tangents, like deconstructing the lyrics of an iconic TLC song, pitching his ideas for new apps, and pondering when Trump’s infamous ‘grab them by the p****’ line would actually be acceptable.
There’s also a segment involving the Queen which had the entire audience sharply inhaling and raising their eyebrows – before bursting into fits of laughter. Dane then slyly uses this moment to make the audience stop and think about why they were so shocked – a fantastic use of comedy to encourage the audience to really step away from themselves and examine why they think and act the way they do – something Dane is a master at.
It’s Dane’s laid back relevance and familiarity which means he can touch on the more sensitive subjects while still entertaining a comfortable and happy audience.
It’s a show filled with wordplay and has just the right balance of cynicism and hope.
Topical and thoughtful with shades of sillyness, this is a great choice for a night-time show to round-off your Fringe day out. Expect to see lots more of Dane Baptiste.
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