A song about seagulls and dildo-led classics certain to split a room
This article is from 2015.
Nothing like the pink-permed Frenchy in Grease, this one looks like a straight-haired and stretched-out Napoleon Dynamite, gangly, grinning and clearly having a ball up on his own tiny stage. Twenty-eight-year-old Frenchy (real name Ben French) grew up in Wollongong, New South Wales, used to be a high-school teacher, and now specialises in gross-out comedy.
His tales of peein’, rootin’, shaggin’, molestin’ and cock-blockin’ have some of the crowd in the Gilded Balloon’s Wee Room screamin’ in hysterics, and others just starin’ at their shoes. He’s clearly very natural on stage, cracking into stoner sniggers at his own jokes, and casually grabbing phones out of the crowd to swipe on Tinder profiles and send rude messages to strangers. He’s got a few songs to perform too; his online followers (over a million of them watch his weekly videos on Facebook) helped get the ‘Friendzone’ into the Australian pop charts at number 29, and he’s got another couple for the Fringe, about a runty seagull and a ‘bogan’ from his hometown.
His drunken Pokemon-style American Pie humour and teen material won’t be for everyone. But if you’ve read this far and still feel tempted by the sound of his lewd’n’loud night out, you might be one of the ones down the front, howlin’ at his version of ‘Wonderwall’ played with a dildo.
Gilded Balloon, 622 6552, until 31 Aug, 10.30pm, £10–£11 (£8–£9).