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If I wasn't careful with my spelling in previous reviews, I certainly will be for this review. Grammar Don't Matter on a First Date is a witty and cheeky insight into the examples of bad grammar that have always annoyed Mark Butler.
Having once broken up a girl over a misused apostrophe, the show is full of stories where correcting people's grammar has gotten Mark into some awkward situations.
As his style is generally easy going and warm, it's then quite funny to see how frustrated he gets with bad grammar. But he doesn't directly put the blame on society; he instead uses the audience as a gauge to determine whether the grammar slobs are at fault or the grammar snobs are being too pedantic.
The flipside of his show is the world of dating. Subsequently, he shares tales and tips for dating and looks at how online dating is a useful tool in filtering through people with poor grammar.
Highlights include misunderstandings with a Chinese girlfriend and his attempts to demonstrate correct grammar to people who aren't interested in learning how to use English language accurately.
At times his puns and wordplay was more suited to the more ardent grammar enthusiasts in the audience, but all in all he delivers plenty of laughs in this clever and witty performance.
If you find yourself correcting people's spelling or grammar, you should definitely find your way to the Portland Hotel while he's in town.
VENUE: Portland Hotel, Cnr Russell and Little Collins Sts, CBD
WHEN: 22/9/11 - 1/10/11 (No Sun or Wed)
7pm (60 mins)
BOOKINGS: (03) 9660 9666, online and at the door
PRICES: Full $20, Concession $17, Tuesdays $10, 2 For 1 on Sep 22 and 23.
WEB: Mark Butler
Reviewed 23 September 2011 by Chris Dewberry