Alex Williamson: That Guy from the Internet
Some grubby material spoils an occasionally vulnerable set
This article is from 2015.
Comedians who write controversial material often say that to get away with the gag you have to make sure it’s damn funny. Alex Williamson is no stranger to a close-to-the-bone crack or two and in the main he does possess the wit to back it up. In addition, he certainly is the butt of his own jokes and, like his compatriot Jim Jefferies, Williamson shows a vulnerable side to undercut the Aussie lad swagger.
However, there are moments where he teeters alarmingly close to somewhat dodgy routines: when a guy asks him to give his girlfriend’s ‘bean a flick', the punchline isn't sufficiently funny to justify the tasteless set-up. Elsewhere there's a simple mean-spiritedness in a segment about an old woman being hooked up to an oxygen tank on a plane where the only semblance of a punchline is 'Let her die!'
Not that his audience seems to care; having made his name via YouTube he's selling out a reasonable-sized venue on a rainy Tuesday evening. But if he wants to become a bigger comedian, Williamson needs to tighten up the material, drop the sensationalist statements and replace them with decent jokes.
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