Benjamin Crellin - Apocalypse Soon: Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Setting the Apocalypse Soon in the Old Magistrates court, with the years of actual judgments that must have been handed down within the walls, gave the general aura of the piece a lot more weight. The sky boiled grey overhead as I pulled on my black leather boots, coupled with a gas mask, 12-gauge sawn-off and pack of rad-x. I was going to go view the latest prophet of the end times. Surely
Benjamin Crellin - Apocalypse Soon: Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Benjamin Crellin - Apocalypse Soon: Melbourne International Comedy Festival The sky boiled grey overhead as I pulled on my black leather boots, coupled with a gas mask, 12-gauge sawn-off and pack of rad-x. I was going to go view the latest prophet of the end times. Surely this person would render unto me the guiding keys to unlock the code of a failed consumerist society, which was busy eating its own children for gain in spite of itself? Sitting in the mess hall of the old Melbourne Jail house, downing a beer while waiting for a stage call, I was hoping I would at least need some kind of body armour, some kind of sign that this was indeed the end times. Walking into the old chamber of law set things apart right from the start. Mr. Crellin quickly moved on from a range of pop culture quirks that tired old conspiracy theorists would expect. Wide-ranging zombie jokes, quips of cannibalism, survival skills and why you shouldn't have sex with your glowing cousin were in turn replaced with a thorough going-over of contemporary geo-politics, socio-religious issues and an underlying good old-fashioned case of taking the piss. Crellin’s Apocalypse Soon is a comic monologue that may have possibly been running around in the heads of a good several million people over the past ten years and perhaps since the start of the twentieth century itself; you’ll hear it when it’s late at night, you've had a few drinks, and you read the news and rant to the paper for five minutes. A cross between a twisted history lecture, a sermon and an afternoon tea party in the heart of darkness, Apocalypse Soon picked up the pace quickly and made for enlightening entertainment on a very dark Friday evening indeed. Overall the range of material covered sometimes reminded me of some of the stuff from Robert Newman's A History of Oil, albeit with a darker, more antipodean edge. The show’s material sometimes reverted to the old Kiwi vs. Aussie lines to underplay some of the heavier material and bring in the local audience, which was good. However, given the intimacy of the show, it would have been nice to have seen a bit more interaction with the audience. Setting the Apocalypse Soon in the Old Magistrates court, with the years of actual judgments that must have been handed down within the walls, gave the general aura of the piece a lot more weight. This was coupled with a commanding performance of the material by the good Mr. Crellin. Before the show ends, or indeed if the good Mr. Crellin traipses through Melbourne again, you would be very much neglecting your entertainment needs by failing to purchase a ticket and attend a performance. Benjamin Crellin - Apocalypse Soon: Melbourne International Comedy Festival Dates: 7 - 25 April Times: Tue-Sat 9.30pm Duration: 60 minutes Venue: Old Magistrates Court 377 Russell St, Melbourne Prices: Full $18.50 Concession $15 Group (6 or more) $15 Preview $15 Laugh Pack $15 Tightarse Tuesday $15

Adam McMahon

Wednesday 15 April, 2009

About the author

Adam has studied Film Theory and Political Science, graduating from Victoria University of Wellington in 2002. Since then he has travelled around New Zealand a bit on stage with theatre co-op The Bacchanals , has worked with various theatre directors and visual artists to produce video for live theatre productions and gallery installations and has been an extra in a fair few number of music videos, TV shows and motion pictures. Adam is also an experienced film projectionist after three years of service at the now infamous Rialto Wellington Cinemas and has seen more movies (more times over) than you can shake a stick-like object at. After spending some time in Japan, he now resides in Melbourne where he works doing ‘Internet Stuff’, grumbling about having to pay to watch movies and reviewing the odd show or two for those folks at Arts Hub.