Nath Valvo: I'm Happy For You
- Deborah Chu
- 22 August 2019
Sharp witticisms about marriage equality and this comic's in-demand sperm
The front-row can relax, reassures Nath Valvo. He's not here to pick on anyone or their jobs, mostly because he doesn't give a shit about them, but also because that would be wasting precious minutes on something other than his favourite topic: himself. And there's plenty of good material to mine there, it turns out, as Valvo produces an enjoyable hour about his inability to make decisions, his female friends battling it out for his sperm, his high-achieving boyfriend, and what Australia's recent referendum on marriage equality means for their relationship.
Valvo has an excellent physical presence, whether he's writhing in comic distress or punctuating a punchline with a curve of the eyebrow. He also gets plenty mileage from poking gentle fun at his father, a stoic man who has turned to tin-hat conspiracy theories in his retirement. Seeing him burst into tears at his sister's wedding, however, was a profoundly embarrassing experience for Valvo, and there is indeed a sense in I'm Happy for You that the comic would prefer to keep more complicated emotions at bay. There's nothing wrong with things being easy and breezy, of course, but it would certainly be interesting to see Valvo employ his scathing wit in some deeper and more conceptually-adventurous directions.
Assembly George Square Studios, until 25 Aug, 8.05pm, £9–£11 (£8–£10).