Comedy at its Best: Sophisticated with a Hint of Dick Jokes
A year has passed and I’ve found myself in the same position as I was last time I wrote a piece on Wil Anderson’s show: experiencing certain level of difficulty finding the right words to reflect his show. When I did find the right words, it didn’t take me long to realise they still don’t give enough credit to how brilliant and ingenious Wil is. Here’s what I’ve got, it still doesn’t do him complete justice but at least it’s a start.
Marking his 19th time at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and celebrating approximately 20 years in the comedy business, Wil brings to Melbourne: Wiluminati; a first-class comedy one hour show about life, death, and all the other real important things in between.
This year sees a slight shift in Wil’s approach to his show. There’s slightly less political rants and banter, noticeably little to no mentions of the beloved Gotham vigilante and instead, much more on life, morals, principles and taking chances and opportunities. It could have something to do with him having turned 40 and subsequently reaching a new form of maturity and charisma but whatever the reason may be, it’s moving him even closer towards comedy perfection.
With nothing more than a microphone stand, a high chair, a bottle of water that he doesn’t use and numerous dangling light bulbs serving as the backdrop, Wil announces his charming self onto the stage. Carrying three beers and his signature enthusiasm, the stage gets lit up by his incredible stage presence; the audience then gets fired up by said presence and the show begins.
Wil delivers a crisp, tight and brilliantly written cohesive collection of sophisticated, humorous and at times self-deprecating stories; captivating the audience from start to finish. There is not a moment where the theatre is not filled with echoes of endless laughter from the audience. It’s as though we are all in one giant dinner party circle and Wil is the guy that tells his stories with great passion, witty remarks and the occasional self-deprecating humour and we all just can’t get enough of it.
The show had everything. Covering from the great era of the Walkman and the introduction of the first iPod, Matt Damon, moving to the States, a strange bear lady in Alaska; a surprise package on Christmas Day, what to do to ensure survival if a plane goes down; to racism in an Australian-themed restaurant in the States, religion as well as his experience with guns and airport security. Of course, it wouldn’t be a complete Wil Anderson show without an update on his Osteoarthritis in the hips and his doctor. There’s been an addition too; a therapist older than Wil’s mother who seems to have the “perfect solution” for Wil’s Osteoarthritis which involves tongs as well as a sex manual with pillows.
Each of Wil’s stories is like a piece of a jigsaw puzzle and at the start you might not see any connections but by the end, Wil seamlessly connects them perfectly together for you to reveal the bigger picture: what should flash before your eyes before you die; the real important things that your brain doesn’t want you to think about.
Wil is no doubt a rare comedy craftsman gem and, like an expensive bottle of vintage Cabernet Sauvignon, he is just getting better with age. If a world first class comedy show is what you’re after, then Wil Anderson’s Wiluminati is one NOT to be missed.
Wiluminati is currently running at the Comedy Theatre during the Melbourne Comedy Festival. For more info: http://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2014/season/shows/wiluminati-wil-anderson
For all things Wil Anderson, check out the following:
Website – http://www.wilanderson.com.au/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/officialwilanderson
Twitter – @Wil_Anderson
Tumblr – http://wherethewilthingsare.tumblr.com/
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