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More OZ Reviews for Stephen K Amos...

More OZ Reviews for Stephen K Amos...

Some more sparkling reviews for Stephen K Amos new show, The Spokesman - Currently touring in OZ and New Zealand.








"The Spokesman, aside from a brief detour down memory lane, is an intriguing new hour of stand-up comedy. Amos presents a self-effacing take on his alleged 'spokesman' status, wrestling with its suitability. However, therein lies the brilliant irony: in spite of his many and varied suggestions, you can't help but see Amos as an effective and intensely likeable orator.  He is, after all, the epitome of a professional comic, his strike rate impeccable. 
 
Furthermore, it's not just consistency that defines The Spokesman, but variety too. Amos is, in a very real sense, a crowd-pleaser, catering to all comic tastes seamlessly. Armed with everything from topical material to surprisingly off-colour quips, Amos is unafraid to explore a broad comic spectrum. It could be that most will remember Amos for making cheeky sport of Australia's cultural nuances. The Spokesman demonstrates this skill in spades, Amos' recurring commentary both funny and affectionate.     
An eloquent and inherently charming performer, Amos has the distinction of being simply hilarious too. It's this kind of triple-threat that defines great stand-up comedy and, indeed, makes The Spokesman an A-grade affair. If you're only out to see one or two shows this festival and you need to be assured of a great night, consider Amos one of your go-to guys. Highly recommended." - Nick Mason, Beat.com

 


"It must have been an exciting moment when the team at the Canberra International Comedy Festival booked English funny man Stephen K Amos to appear for the first time in our small city. Showcasing his new show The Spokesman, Amos performed to a completely packed audience with a mixture of ages.

Amos oozes confidence on stage and appeared perfectly relaxed. As he said himself, he was enjoying his time, the Canberra audience receptive to his quick-witted style. The well dressed comedian has the unique talent of having his material cerebral and intelligent, as well as often downright crude and very dirty. This contrast was extremely compelling, with a feeling that you were involved in a clever but outrageous dinner party conversation. As well as plenty of new material, Amos also told a few of his classic jokes ('Bananas ten dollars a kilo!'), expertly weaving them into the main narrative without sounding forced.

Interaction with the audience was a huge part of his act, with the comedian picking out a few people to make fun of, who took it with good humour. One of the hecklers even turned a joke back on him with a well placed reference to Fyshwick, making the whole room laugh, including Stephen. While it felt a little cruel to laugh along with Amos at another audience member's expense, we all did, relaxing when Amos assured us it was okay and all part of the interactive experience.

The issue of identity is always a key feature of Stephen K Amos's comedy. He creates jokes both poking fun at and celebrating being black, gay and English, including some almost-racist-but-not moments. Some of his humour focuses on the prejudices he experiences, such as a funny but almost shocking story about being refused service in a bottle shop in Darwin because he could have been on the 'problem-drinker's list' (he referred to the city as the 'missing link').

And this is what the idea behind the title of The Spokesman was about. Amos questions whether someone like him should be considered a role model or a spokesman for anyone, whether it be for teenagers aspiring to be a comedian, an advocate for gay rights or the face of cosmopolitan Britain. He asked the audience what they thought he could be a spokesman for, citing examples from previous shows including 'people who don't look like they sound' (a suggestion from Melbourne). This philosophical touch connected the entire show, bringing a plethora of stories together, including travel anecdotes, tales from his childhood and musings on getting older and the changing world.

To top it all off, Stephen K Amos took a bit of a survey at the end, ticking off jokes that work and those that don't. Canberra, however, seemed to pass with flying colours, the crowd lapping up every gag and having a very, very good time." Peter O'Rourke, BMA Magazine.



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