Josh Glanc: Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chamedian (3 stars)

Josh Glanc: Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chamedian

Light and daft stuff with some meta thrown in for good measure

A lawyer until very recently, Australian Josh Glanc moved into the comedy world, where he fluidly morphs from a fetching Tom Selleck in Magnum PI-type snug short-shorts to an American footballer doing cheesy infomercials for natural sports remedies. He's got a warm, flirty, show-off style from the off; men and women are pulled out the crowd as volunteers for his musical singalong intro, and he whispers and grins at them with a charm that doesn't ever dip during his show.

His show title might be a nod to an absurd Bhangra sketch he does, involving some fairly angry accusations of racism from a sandwich. Or it might just be his way of getting across that he likes pop-music nostalgia; his superbly drawn-out imagining of the very earnest and elaborate creative process behind the Scandinavian Eurodance act Aqua is a definite highlight.

Elsewhere there is lip-syncing, mime, slapstick and silly deconstruction of certain very familiar comedy set-ups. It's a good balance of light, daft stuff and cleverly meta bits about what performers usually do. Special mention goes to the sound guy for nailing the many cues, but be warned about the raw fish sections which might give some the dry heave.

Underbelly Bristo Square, until 26 Aug (not 13), 5.30pm, £10–£11 (£9–£10).

Josh Glanc: Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chamedian

  • 3 stars

Fight in the Dog and Knock2Bag Ltd presents Winner: Best Comedy, Perth Fringe 2017. Named 'one of the most exciting emerging [Aussie] talents' (TheAge.com.au) and fresh from a total sell-out season at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. Glanc is 'surreal, frenetic, indisputably energising' ★★★★ (Herald Sun). ★★★★ (Fest).

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