In my experience, seeing comedians can be very hit-and-miss, because if they don’t have the same sense of humour as you, the act can often come off as lame, offensive or just plain not funny. This one however managed to hit the mark perfectly.
Jeff has the dry British humour and wit that I enjoy in a comedy act – and as I’ve previously studied engineering, I understand why he decided to make the career change from Chemical Engineer to Comedian 30 years ago.
The entire show had me laughing as he touched on a variety of relatable everyday topics, whether it be raising kids after 50 and struggling to keep up with the times, how to keep the romance in a relationship later in life, or the terror of having to tick the box for Ages ‘51-94’.
Jeff has a little something for everyone, especially for parents who can relate (with a little PTSD) to tales of a baby with explosive diarrhoea on the London Eye, or the competition between parents about who’s more tired.
There’s also adjusting to being a parent in a completely different time period, where family meetings can be called by simply turning off the Wi-Fi and waiting for them to come running.
Whether he was reciting a poem about his cat (which bordered on rapping), or regaling us with tales of mistaken identity on Facebook that led to being threatened by an ex-marine, or why you should never do an outdoor show in Darwin, Jeff kept us on our toes and with grins of recognition on our faces.
It was an educational experience as well – I found out that cats will not eat bananas (you can try that one at home), and he pointed out some great arguments for why Australia really shouldn’t have autobahns like Germany does (do you really want a car that’s held together with duct tape going as fast as they like?) – he even gave us reasons for not doing the gardening.
Jeff finished off the show with a bang, reciting a self-written poem about why we need to go back to our roots, and send off all the politicians in a boat to find somewhere else to live.
Definitely a good night out and recommended for anyone who needs a good laugh (and even those that don’t).