REVIEW: Joel Creasey’s NAKED

A young comedian on the rise

By Myron My

I first saw Joel Creasey perform at the 2010 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. That was his debut on the circuit and I was very impressed with the wit and the casual bitchiness that he delivered.

Fast-forward two years later and I am sitting at the Melbourne Town Hall watching Joel Creasey’s Naked. (Please take note of the ‘s in that sentence).

Two things I notice immediately. There is a lot more confidence and punch to his routine and the room is a bit bigger than his debut gig venue. Creasey is clearly moving up in the stand-up food-chain. On the flip side, the wrist is still limp so I know it’s still the same guy standing on stage making me laugh.

In Naked, Creasey looks at four themes: fear, secrets, nudity and Xena. I’m not quite sure how Xena fits in with the other three, but hey, let’s go with it! And that’s what you need to do when watching one of Creasey’s shows. He’s a bit like a kid in a candy store: talking really excitedly about everything and anything that pops into his head. Fortunately that anything is usually quite funny.

It’s no secret that Creasey is gay (or at least it isn’t now) and the topic of homosexuality is undoubtedly brought up in the show. Even though it is done with humour, there is a hint of seriousness and social commentary on the difficulties that gay youth experience whilst growing up. Thirty seconds later and you’re hearing about Creasey’s grandmother’s speed-dating experience. You just don’t know what is going to come out of his mouth next.

At 21, Creasey definitely has a lot of potential to just get bigger and bigger in the comedy scene. His self-deprecating humour is a winner with audiences and there is even a lovely surprise for them after the “credits roll”.

Melb Town Hall – Backstage Room

Until 22 April

Mon 9.30pm
Tue-Sat 9.45pm
Sun 8.45pm

Full $22
Concession $18

Ticketmaster 1300 660 013 or at the door

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