Joel Dommett: Finding Emo (3 stars)

This article is from 2014

Joel Dommett: Finding Emo

An anecdotal confessional Free Fringe comedy show that steers clear of 'sad comedy' pitfalls

After two fairly successful Fringe shows in 2011 and 2012 at one of the major venues, Joel Dommett has packed up shop and moved to the free side of the Fringe. Trading the financial risk of major venue show for the relatively low buy-in at the Free Festival also means losing out on a whole press team touting tickets for his show – the former MTV presenter has enough draw to fill the room and then some, but the location does lead to a procession of drinkers walking in and out during the show.

A self-styled optimist who claims never to get sad or angry, he has the skills to keep the show going in spite of interruptions. The premise is a self-mocking look at the emo band he formed as a teenager and, as his 30th birthday looms, his plan to put the band back together. The shape of the show is anecdotal and confessional but the tone stays light as he avoids the usual methods of injecting pathos by recounting a death or heartbreak. Dommett steers a room of drunkards through his embarrassing teenage musical ambitions exuding confidence and charm, which probably makes him the worst emo ever but bodes well for his comedy career.

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 667 7533, until 24 Aug, 9pm, free.

Joel Dommett: Finding Emo

  • 3 stars

Joel attempts to reunite the terrible emo band he was in when he was 15 for the sake of his stand-up routine.