Time Out Sydney Comedy Award winner Glenn Wool comes back down under
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It is a tired convention of modern comedians to indulge in the hardships of continuous international travel. So when Canadian veteran Glenn Wool opened with a bit on how he always struggles to get through customs, there was a sense of ‘here we go again.’
However, what followed was something altogether different. Wool is, unapologetically, a story teller, but what sets him apart is his ability to dip into the sublime, the ridiculous and even the postmodern all whilst holding together a suspenseful and deceivingly well constructed narrative. What often seemed like flunked jokes were actually all part of something bigger, and when he did hit that final note - such as his portrayal of Uncle Sam as a paedophile– it was painfully good. He is self-deprecating in an empowering way and was firmly in control of the crowd from beaver sociology all the way to his unsuccessful day as a VIP with Iron Maiden.
Perhaps the only criticism was that at times Wool’s relentless reflexivity seemed less in the name building layers of meta-comedy and more to disclaim potentially offensive material. But it was only a slight blemish on a masterful performance, powerfully delivered and slithering with red herrings and symbolism.