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Having seen Al's first solo stand-up comedy show I was eager to see this latest instalment. For Al, the dilemma of his second show was dealt with from the very beginning; how do you stay true to the material your fans like, while staying fresh and original despite having less time to prepare a comparable second show.
Well in this show, he found a way.
Staying true to his passion for music, he joked, sang and even briefly rapped a series of routines about the world of music and what we love and hate about it.
His high-energy style kept up a fast-pace using plenty of songs, videos and slides to complement his stand up.
With his vast knowledge of music, he draws the audience in as he looks at everything from worst lyrics of 2011, to the incredibly short list of rappers who haven't been to jail.
At a few points in the show, I can see how some of his material could be considered a little more of an in-joke depending on your taste in music, but he does well to put his material into context so everyone can enjoy the show.
If I was to compare his 'difficult second album' to his first, I would have to say that I thought his first show was slightly better, but he still puts on a solid performance.
On a personal level, I like watching him perform because I know that I'll learn some interesting facts and anecdotes about music, but the reason I'd recommend him is because he's funny, intellegent and thoroughly entertaining.
VENUE: The Glasshouse Hotel, 51 Gipps St, Collingwood
WHEN: 23/9/11 - 8/10/11 Thurs-Sun
8pm, 7pm 24 Sep, 6pm 8 Oct (60 mins)
BOOKINGS: (03) 9660 9666, online and at the door
PRICES: Full $20, Concession $15, Preview $15 (23/9 - 24/9) and Group $15 (4 or more)
WEB: Al's Music Rant
Reviewed 29 September 2011 by Chris Dewberry