Archive for the ‘Stand Up’ Category

Wanted to laugh with jokes in my own language.

Watched two stand up comedians. Guga Baul is an imitator who does great things in Tegen De Sterren Op, but failed to make me laugh with his first solo performance. Imitation is great for sketches, not for a show. Bart Cannaerts’ show is fun from the beginning until the end. There’s a little dip in the middle of the show, but the finished on a highlight, with his anti Ryan Gosling song!

Larger Than Life – ***1/2

Posted: September 25, 2014 in 2011, Comedy, Flanders, Stand Up, XXX1/2

Larger Than Life is stand up comedian Alex Agnew’s best of – show. And it’s hilarious. It’s so much more Alex Agnew than his last performance The Legend Ends. The guy excels at imitating sounds and creating funny absurd characters, which works great in a large event hall. It’s remarkable how his best moments aren’t politically incorrect. They are centered around sex, faeces, sex, penises, vomit, music and sex. Sure, his comments on religious fundamentalists are clever as well. But in the end, you’ll laugh the most when he imitates a mosquito or parodies a Hitler speech for more tits and asses!

you’ll only get it if you understand Dutch (and German as spoken by the Dutch-speakers): All Women Should Have Big Tits! No Sillicone Tits that remain upright when the women are on their back. And for the our fellow gay friends: Big Dicks!

The Legend Ends – ***

Posted: September 25, 2014 in 2013, Comedy, Flanders, Stand Up, XXX

When a stand up comedian fills the biggest event hall of the country, expectations are high. Especially when the comedian is a bit of an anti-establishment rebel who disses everything that is mainstream. The irony.

Alex Agnew is very popular with the festival crowd. He makes rock ‘n roll comedy and is a master in imitating sounds and expressions. He’s politically incorrect and is at his best when he exaggerates and gives an absurd twist to very common events or opinions. His humor asks for a big stage and it surprisingly works well. He manages to be interactive with a + 15K crowd and improvises at times. It takes some time to start laughing, but once it gets going it’s a lot fun.

The show has English subtitles, but isn’t really intended for an international audience. Flemish humor can be really absurd and ironic and is much more vulgar and hard than that of neighboring cultures. In fact, the French-speaking part of Belgium doesn’t get our humor and considers it racist. Just because they don’t get the irony. Part of the show deals about how political correctness has changed our natural-born sense of laughing with each others differences and that’s exactly where the show has its flaws too. Alex Agnew has to explain the jokes, put them in a context, reassure people that it’s humor and you feel that he’s frustrated about it. Maybe that’s why he’s taking a break from comedy.

Not every joke or social comment is right on, but if you’re a fan of Little Britain give it a chance.






Met Alle Respect – *

Posted: September 23, 2014 in 2012, Netherlands, Stand Up, X

45 year old Dutch stand up comedian Theo Maassen has a midlife crisis and is frustrated about his life as a settled father in the changed Dutch political climate. And he nags nags nags nags nags nags nags nags nags… without ever being funny. Okay, it’s not completely without humor, but it’s more of a drag really. Stand up comedians should bring you laughter. It really doesn’t work when they try to be serious about a topic and then make it less serious by adding a quick joke around it. No no no. Plus, when are stand up comedians going to stop dissing the easy targets? The royal family, the inhabitants of the christian musical enclave Volendam, the voters of the Islamophobic party, the mother of his daughter, his parents-in-law… really? Disappointing.

Killin’ Em Softly – **

Posted: October 27, 2013 in 2000, Stand Up, USA, XX

After watching Kevin Hart, I felt like watching Dave Chapelle. He’s way funnier. Sure, he plays the race card all too often, but he’s funny.

Laugh At My Pain – *1/2

Posted: October 27, 2013 in 2011, Stand Up, USA, X

Felt like laughing, watched Laugh At My Paina documentary and stage show recording of Kevin Hart. It’s my introduction to Kevin Hart. Not so sure why he is so successful. He’s funny at times. Like a lot of comedians are funny at times. But I did laugh. Didn’t quite get the bank robbing parody. But the introduction to the comedian’s past life in Philadelphia is okay. And the interview by Larry King of Kevin’s dad before the end credits was ‘interesting’.

Eelt – ***

Posted: January 5, 2012 in Comedy, Flanders, Stand Up, XXX

Okay, it’s not a movie, but a stand up comedy show on dvd. And I’ve enjoyed it tremendously. Wouter and I used to share a bench in the study room of my school. He also performed in a play at school co-starring with one of my best friends. I think he even played an instrument in the local brass band that I was part of as well. I’m not sure if he would recognize me, but I’m sure he would still know who I am.

He’s been a successful comedian for a few years now. Yet, I’ve never seen him perform. His shows sell out in no time and I’m not often at home. But this show was probably his most popular. Even my mom went to see it! In ‘Eelt’ he personifies his dad, who also later in the show appears live on stage as well. And he asks the audience to do the same (personifying their dads). I like that idea a lot. It would be interesting to see more shows, because the interaction couldn’t possible be the same in every show. I saw the version performed in Bruges in my local dialect. But there is a version in standard Dutch too. I loved it. Period. I laughed a lot and I actually was caught by all the emotion as well. It’s not just dramedy. It’s just a comical tale of life.