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Fringe Review: Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chamedian

By Jennifer Cavanagh on June 20, 2018

Image courtesy of the Ottawa Fringe Festival

Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chamedian
by Josh Glanc

60 min / Comedy / PG

Karma x 5 is an unadulterated sketch show with laugh out loud comedy coming in quick fragmented skits ranging from a musical tikka masala wrap, commercial interludes with an NFL linebacker, a cat therapist and a deconstructed mime bit. Nothing feels overworked, overwrought or gets in the way of this sortie of full-on fun.

Josh Glanc’s exuberance is the star of the show. His wholehearted commitment to preposterous creative concepts and infectious energy pulls the audience quite literally in to the act. The Melbourne comic relishes in the spotlight and audience participation is part and parcel, kicking off with a fantastic air band sing-along.

In this show, the lawyer cum comedian foregoes a theme to link his skits using sheer élan and gusto as a natural bridge to the Karma-Chamedic changes, his energetic magnetism papering over any inconsistency in content.

If at times the jokes run slightly long—as with a study of the merits of “man coming over the top like a robot” in the Euro dance group AQUA’s songbook, or the otherwise hysterical cyclist skit, where the punchline was given away by the length of the performance—Glanc pulls it all off with his powerful physical comedy skills and expressiveness. And much of this inventive humour—observational though a very warped lens—firmly hits its target.

The sum of the evening is the success and absolute appeal of the performer. It’s the gusto and expressive facial asides that lead in Glanc’s performance—the richest moments in the banana smoothie gag being his nods, raised eyebrows and dramatic eye contact. It’s in his look with this hirsute—think Magnum P.I. meets Borat meets Freddy Mercury—bon-vivant. His contagious vitality and bounce simply demand that good times be had.

Confidence, commitment and the pure pleasure of watching an actor at play can not be undervalued. Fun is infectious and this show fully delivers an excellent evening that will leave you wiping tears of laughter.


Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chamedian by Josh Glanc is playing at Arts Court Theatre (2 Daly Ave) until Saturday June 23, 2018. Tickets cost $12. Visit ottawafringe.com for the schedule and box office info. Read more reviews at apt613.ca/fringe.


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