Gaga with Dada
Felix Marchand at Dock 11
Stand up comedy: Jeremy Wade takes a sarcastic turn, Dani Brown is seductively demonic, Kate McIntosh gives it a neo-romantic twist and Felix Marchand takes it just plain funny.
Actually a specialty of the English-speaking world, when infused with Jewish humour, stand up is particularly brilliant. Now, a dance performer socialized in Germany is giving it a whirl. Does it work? Of course not! But failure has to be learned. Felix Marchand’s model is none other than the great US anti-comedian Andy Kaufman, whose early death in 1984 at the age of just 35 was itself even interpreted as a joke. Unlike Kaufman, in "Premiere” – Marchand’s stand-up show – he has not created any particular comedian alter ego, but rather employs an array of ever-changing characters. Rasping noises become rhymes, rhymes become rap, and rap becomes tap. Dada (for those who inexplicably might not have noticed: the art of nonsense is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year) also has its own role to play in the show. And, of course, all that is not possible, and happens anyway.
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