40 Minutes | Comedy, Stand-up, Solo | PG
It is just comedian Nick Carter’s luck to be reviewed by someone who had just seen David Suzuki in person not an hour before his performance and who won’t likely be able to keep those experiences separate in his mind.
Carter’s The Nature of Things of Nature is a comedic romp through the history of our world, from the death of the dinosaurs to the necessity of mechanized bees to replace the ones that are slowly dying out. It begins with a blooper reel of zany animals doing zany things as an introduction to a theme of environmental concern with a comic twist.
As a disclaimer, I don’t believe his humour was really my kind of humour, so take what I say with a grain of salt.
I spent a good chunk of this performance laughing, but while Carter tries to have his humour come from a more intellectual angle, there are gaps and abbreviations of information that those with some knowledge in the subjects will notice, and it is probably more entertaining for people who are less familiar with the topics. Though this is a comedy routine and not a university lecture, it still sets itself up on an intellectual high ground, and some of the audience, instead of laughing whole-heartedly, may pause and think, “No, I don’t think you’re right about that.” His comments also become a little “edgy” when he broaches the topics of racial intolerance and cultural appropriation, despite being ostensibly against them.
Carter’s roots as a comedian at times also seem to make him treat audience participants as hecklers, even after encouraging some engagement, which I don’t believe was their intent, and it may be worthwhile for audience’s role to be a little more clearly defined at the beginning of the performance. This being said, I don’t think anyone could have suspected that a distant relative of Thomas Alva Edison would have been in the crowd that night.
What must be said, though, is that this performance is in support of a good cause. All proceeds go to SafePet Ottawa, an organization that “fosters companion animals for women and their children who need to exit from domestic violence into the safety of local Violence Against Women (VAW) shelters.”
Nick Carter’s overall message is also one that even David Suzuki would approve of: that our world is a wonderful, amazing, and kinky place, and we need to be more aware of what it is we’re doing to it.
I recommend this performance for anyone who’s looking for a bit of silliness and who wishes to support a great cause.
Nick Carter’s The Nature of Things of Nature is being shown at the Arts Court Library (2 Daly, 2nd Floor). Tickets are $12, and performances are Saturday, June 20th (4:00pm), Sunday, June 21st (6:30pm); Wednesday, June 24th (7:30pm); Friday, June 26th (6:00pm); and Saturday, June 27th, (11:00pm).