By Philip Caunter
55 min | Circus, Comedy | Mature
My experience with whatever culture crosses over from New Zealand suggests that they share a natural affinity with Canada. Geographically remote English speakers? Check. Sharing a region with a much larger country? Check. Goofy, self-deprecating sense of humour? Also check, judging by what Laser Kiwi has to offer, and full of charm as well. For this show Makers of Entertainment take a whole lot of wacky, add a fair amount of skill and turn it into a really fun show.
The approach taken here is up close and personal. You will be dealing with a lot of nervy hellos and at least one handshake (or a shake of something else) but worry not: these goofballs are quite professional… kinda. There was a whole lot of silliness packed into this show. Maybe don’t go if you don’t like lame jokes – personally I love them, and was laughing steadily throughout.
The humour is interspersed with a few fine acrobatic elements, the other mainstay of circus acts. These really impressed and had the audience suitably awed. Only one of the trio really showed off in that area though, and that left me wanting a bit for more. The other two were reserved for comic relief, and while they were quite funny the show would have felt more rounded if they had also showed some acrobatics (credit though for the one “skill-based idea” the pulled off, and on the first attempt to boot).
All in all Laser Kiwi is funny, charming, and at moments quite impressive. Fit it into your Fringe lineup between the more serious offerings, you’ll be glad it was there to lighten things up.
Laser Kiwi is showing at La Nouvelle Scène (333 King Edward Ave.) on Monday, June 20 at 9:00pm; Thursday, June 23 at 7:00pm; Saturday, June 25 at 8:30pm; and Sunday, June 26 at 1:00pm.
Tickets are $12.