Brett Blake: Reckless (3 stars)

This article is from 2018

Brett Blake: Reckless

Genial comic plays it safe despite the title

Several times throughout his set, Brett Blake reminds the audience to keep their expectations down: nothing hard-hitting is going to happen here tonight, only dick jokes. It's an accurate self-assessment. For a show-title that suggests risky behaviour, Blake delivers an affable 50 minutes that doesn't push the envelope in terms of content or delivery. Even a visit to a brothel for a free hat is rendered fumblingly adorable, rather than risqué.

Silly jokes about his ultra-competitive father and buying excessive amounts of toilet roll demonstrate a talent for physical comedy, while a running gag about his desire to be recognised from a short-lived TV show gains momentum throughout. More extended anecdotes on botched dates and midday masturbation never quite hit the mark, however, and the set could do with a stronger narrative thread and a bit more structure.

But what Blake lacks in comedic heft, he makes up for in sheer charisma. A game to determine who in the crowd is the most reckless doesn't really go anywhere, but through it he's able to build a rapport with his audience, which carries him through the remainder. His Aussie brand of good cheer is infectious, even when he's laughing off the fact that a gag doesn't land the way he'd hoped: he makes the audience feel as though they're in on the joke, despite it not being the one he'd intended.

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 6.30pm, donations.

Brett Blake: Reckless

  • 3 stars

Brett Blake People call Brett reckless, but he wouldn't know because he's too busy getting kicked off reality TV shows, representing himself in court and trying to make sure his new samurai sword matches his motorbike. Brett is a regular on a TV show on Australia's main television station Channel 10, and a frequent guest…