PRESS ARCHIVE

The Kerfuffle

STUART LUND, THEATRE REVIEW, WELLINGTON | Posted on May 2nd, 2013

Gordon Southern likes New Zealand and is happy to keep coming back, which is something we should be very happy about. He bounds onto the stage… and rattles out an hour of constant hilarity in his relatively new show, The Kerfuffle…

It’s obvious by the response his jokes garner from the audience that he’s a popular and truly gifted comic, with no joke going flat and himself even needing to have a giggle at some of his off-the-cuff jokes. A lot of the humour arises from the openness and participation of the audience – nothing embarrassing or difficult, but the raucous laughter and friendly conversation he has with various people is thoroughly entertaining…

His father, who was not expected to live through December, plays a large part in the show and there are many funny anecdotes surrounding his actions. It is surprisingly touching to hear these tales.

Gordon Southern’s performance has little structure to it and he’s honest about this as he randomly segues between topics, however there are recurring themes which help bring the show to a resounding finish.

Overall, the show is memorable for being funny for almost the entire hour.
That being said, Gordon Southern’s The Kerfuffle is worth the watch if you want an hour’s worth of reasonably clean, clever and thoroughly entertaining stand-up.

Recommended.

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