- Marissa Burgess
- 5 August 2012
This article is from 2012.
Bear necessities from crack Canadian
It seems that in Pete Johansson’s Utopian Crack Pipe, there’s less of the crack and more of the bear. The plaudits that have adorned the Canadian since his debut Fringe show was nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Newcomer Award in 2009 have once again been earned as he’s dreamed up another hour of solid comedy that is simultaneously provocative, surreal and moving.
The show is loosely hung on the proposition that an influx of bears could solve many of the UK’s problems, particularly the law and order ones. It may begin as a daft premise but by the end, so persuasive is he that you have to wonder if it might just work. In amongst the bear theories are Johansson’s typically close-to-the-bone gags poking fun at his audience’s sensibilities and morality.
The cheeky gags are tempered by Johansson’s own sensitivity as he shows his soft belly (metaphorically speaking). And as for the bears, they’re a lot like us you know. Just a bit bigger and a lot hairier.
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