“Roosters vary greatly in appearance from breed to breed, but are often known to have bright, flashy colours, large combs, and crow about wanting people to come to their new stand-up show.”
Sydney local Sam Taunton is no newbie when it comes to the world of Fringe and comedy. Having taken out the 2019 Pinder Prize at the Melbourne Comedy Festival he shares that he wants his comedy to be more than just the laughs. He wants it to have depth, contrast and be something people can relate to on some level and after watching his new Fringe number; ‘Rooster’, I think on some level, he definitely succeeded at this.
Being my second comedy Fringe show for the season, I was really hoping to achieve that deep belly laugh that so many go to comedians for. We didn’t quite get there unfortunately but Sam did cover several topics that I couldn’t help but throw my head back and laugh in agreeance. It might just have been my sense of humour though, as there were some people in the room who were absolutely losing it at the material Sam was throwing out. Looking to the person they came with, nodding and laughing extremely hard! I am sure there may have even been some tears from laughing that bit too much!
I wasn’t sure if it was first night nerves, but Taunton’s performance definitely got better as the night went on. Talking all things ex’s, hot air balloon rides, saying sorry too often and yes too much, it was certain that there was at least one topic in this show that you could relate to. Is it the part where your ex coincidentally goes to sit next to you on a plane and not in your head but out loud you yell ‘nooooooooooooooooooooooo’ or maybe it’s the fact that you get hit by a car and apologise to the driver for them hitting you because you say sorry way too often (yeah that happened). I found myself laughing and nodding during this segment of Sam’s performance because my internal voice was just saying yes and yes in agreement. It was realistic and very on point, especially for those of us who say sorry like it’s going out of fashion!
As Sam said, ‘don’t worry, the show will be wrapping up soon’, I actually found myself not wanting it to end. It was a slow start but towards the end is where his gear got really good. Where the transition between jokes became seamless and each one was more relatable than the one before. His closing number was definitely my favourite part of the show and I’ll probably always remember it whenever I see the film clip to an old classic and favourite hit, ‘Drops of Jupiter – Train’.
Although ‘Rooster’ didn’t give me the deep belly laugh I was personally hoping for, throughout the hour-long performance, Sam Taunton was as captivating as he was engaging. He used moments from his life to relate to members of the audience and did it well. His topics were modern, comical and made me feel like I wasn’t alone with some of the internal dialogue that goes on inside my mind. If laughing about all things ex’s, perving on fellow train riders’ phones content and real weird hot air balloon rides is something you can relate to, then Taunton’s show might just be the comedy you will enjoy!
Duration: 60 minutes Venue: Shambles at The Woodside Pleasure Garden Suitability and warnings: M (occasional course language) Season: Through to the 16th of February 2020 Book your tickets here