Joz Norris, the children’s entertainer-cum-absurdist anecdotal comedian, has, as the title suggests, a bit of an aloof premise for you.
This year’s outing is more structured, material wise, than the last. The well-pitched gentle stories are interwoven warmly together, while Norris winds himself up in a huge string web on stage. The web itself is destroyed in an almost unsatisfactory, anticlimactic, manner, but that hardly seems to matter.
Norris’ shows, always self-referential and gently self-aware, are held together by the audience buying into him. He exudes an innate sense of likeable confidence that builds a comfy trusting atmosphere and gathers up the audience for a show that, on the surface, is just a loose collection of simple material or ideas. The surreal elements weren’t disparately strong, but performed with such honest conviction that even they flourished.
Like the man itself, it’s a show that feels impossible to dislike.
Words: Tom Crosby
Joz Norris: The Incredible Joz Norris Locks Himself Inside His Own Show, Then Escapes, Against All the Odds!!, Heroes @ The Hive, Aug 24-27, 7.30pm