Comedy is a pretty subjective thing. What makes one person laugh can make others cringe, and what can sound superfunny in your head can come out crashing and burning before you’ve even finished your sentence. How do you know what’s going to work and how do you, as a comedian, make sure what you think is funny translates to a room full of people?
Ben Pobjie doesn’t know. He’s been trying to figure it out for years so, instead of just closing his eyes and jumping blindly off the comedy cliff, he’s decided to ask the audience and get to the bottom of it.
Let’s Put On A Show is a group effort. With Ringleader Ben at the front he puts his quandary to the room and a brainstorming workshop begins.
Some of the show is obviously scripted — I say obviously because at one stage Ben actually pulls out a script and gets an audience member to play the second role — but the rest of the show is an on-the-spot, quick-on-his-feet routine using the audience’s suggestions as to what the theme and story of the night will be.
I honestly never thought I would get much laughter out of a robotic Neo-Nazi indoor cricket team coached by an egg-laying Delta Goodrem, but then, Ben has a way of making the weirdly unfunny into an entertaining, engaging and hilarious show. Even in the face of a slightly odd and (I think) rather drunk heckler, Ben managed to work through the sometimes-frustrating interruptions and turn what could have been a few show-ruining moments into part of the fun and set.
To see Ben Put On A Show, grab tickets from his festival page http://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2013/season/shows/let-s-put-on-a-show-ben-pobjie and get along to Gertrude’s Brown Couch in Fitzroy. The show runs from April 9 to April 14 and you can also catch more of Ben’s funny stuff on his blog http://benpobjie.blogspot.com.au/ and follow him on Twitter @benpobjie.