Damien Power: Utopia – Now in 3D (4 stars)

This article is from 2017

Damien Power: Utopia – Now in 3D

An incisive Fringe debut about the fantasies you can never quite fulfil

This Aussie stand up is an award-winning TV regular Down Under, so naturally he's appearing in a shipping container at the Fringe. The vague premise to his show is our never-ending quest for utopia which he defines as 'a fantasy you never arrive at'. Our dreams are often in 2D but we don't take account of the other dimension that makes them reality. Using his brother, IndyCar champion Will Power (yes, really: Google it) as the perfect example that every boyracer aspires too, he reminds us that work and dedication is required to make the top in any field.

Most comics would kill for a ten-minute skit that slays the room: Damien Power has three, covering modern church preachers, mainstream comedians and the collapse of civilisation in the face of an oncoming asteroid. He sneaks in some surprisingly incisive observations and astute comments about society, the world and our belief systems: who knew a burnt possum could be so profound?

There are moments of light and shade, with Power shifting gear from easy-going to righteous rage. He's a smart comic and sometimes you wish he'd go even further, even darker. His rambling style flows nicely through each topic, just about pinning everything to his sort-of theme, all building to an abrupt but perfectly timed finale.

Assembly George Square Theatre, until 27 Aug (not 21), 8.20pm, £11–£12 (£9–£10).

Damien Power – Utopia: Now in 3D!

  • 4 stars

Damien Power: 2017 Pinder Prize winner Pinder Prize winner 2017. Best Show nominee Melbourne Comedy Festival 2015/2016/2017. Damien is undeniably the most exhilarating voice on the Australian comedy circuit. Not afraid to wade into deep water, he takes on the absurdity of humanity, the illogic of the herd and the systems…