Review: Josh Glanc's Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chamedian at Underbelly Bristo

Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chamedian – or ‘the most challenging show for any sound tech ever’ – shows Josh Glanc’s move away from his traditional character study comedy into something exciting, chaotic and unpredictable.

The Australian lawyer-turned-comedian presents an hour-long show, a hybrid of sketches, audience participation and of course, 90s pop band Aqua. What could potentially appear cringe worthy if carried out by a lesser comedian, Glanc effortlessly transforms into charming silliness.

Heavy audience interaction is clear from the beginning as four audience members are pulled into a full band lip-sync of Smash Mouth’s Walkin’ on the Sun, a high energy start that gets the audience eager for what comes next. A potential front row audience member’s nightmare, Glanc manages to maintain a momentum that has every dragged-up-from-their-seat participant enjoying their moment in the spotlight with him.

As the show progresses there a few lulls as the audience decide whether a skit has been pushed too far into the absurd but the hairy moustached man stood before us in just his underwear is prepared. Just as you feel as though you are on the cusp of something being dragged out too long, Glanc suddenly U-turns his performance and resurrects the show with the unexpected, a clear showing of his outstanding ability at reading the room and a guarantee that no two shows will be the same.

His ‘Breakfast with Juan’ sketch brings the room to hysterics and the audience are back on board, while his mime with an identity crisis poses interesting questions about performance art – ‘it’s fake but it’s real fake!’. Although an undeniably talented comedian, perhaps the greatest pleasure of seeing Josh Glanc perform is watching him exude passion as he undeniably enjoy every second of the hour on stage.

Josh Glanc’s Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chamedian, Underbelly Bristo, 17-26 Aug, 5.30pm



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