Sydney comedian Jennifer Wong’s first solo show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is stand-up for introverts; subtle observational comedy that explores some familiar topics – racism, depression and family dynamics – with no danger of audience harassment or forced participation.
Named by the Sydney Morning Herald as one of the Top 10 New Comics to Watch in 2011, Wong’s material is generally strong, though some routines are let down by awkward segues. Similarly, her call backs need work, and the occasional punchline falls flat because of her hesitant delivery.
Conversely, Wong’s knowing take on the difficulties of being polite in the modern world are fresh and engaging, as are her jokes about an uncomfortable Australia Post anti-racism campaign.
Constructed around the story of why she enrolled in a First Aid course, Ouch & Other Words is a promising hour of stand up from an emerging Australian comedian.
Rating: 3 stars
Forum Theatre, until April 22
Tue-Sat 7.15pm, Sun 6.15pm
An edited version of this review first appeared in The Age on Sat 14th April 2012.