Sydney Fringe Festival: Chronic - Factory Theatre (14.09.2011)

If watching a small comedy show makes me nervous, watching a small comedy show featuring comedic songs makes me want to hurl. Few people can actually write a good tune, let alone one that is actually funny. In a small room with few people, things for a comedian can easily go wrong – heckling, polite, bemused chuckles or even worse, complete silence.

When Chronic began and a lanky man donning a pimp suit-hat combination and a moustache that could only belong to a seventies porn star walked on stage, all concerns strangely washed away, perhaps into a mild confusion of what to expect. My doubts were for completely quashed. With the voice of Julian Barratt, the vocals of Nick Cave, and the lyrical abilities of a slightly twisted Flight of the Conchords, Luke Escombe was sharp and extremely funny.

Luke’s comedic tunes are as hilarious as they are actually good, with delicious melodies and catchy hooks. You will find yourself mumbling the chorus of “Damn Girl (Poppa Cap In The Ass)” for days. Chronic was a really engaging show, with every single aspect – projector screen, props and songs – weaving seamlessly together. He took the audience under his highly charismatic wing, getting them to participate in singing and a few moves. As the show came to an end, I’m sure there were a few people in the crowd who wanted their very own iMan and a copy of Iceberg Slim’s Pimp: The Story of My Life.

It was worth it just to see the middle-aged woman sitting in front of me subtly simulate masturbation.