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Josh Glanc – Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chamedian


We’re sitting in a packed tent. On stage is a very hairy man wearing a very revealing top. It’s at this exact moment that this man decides to kiss a raw fish.

We’re simultaneously cracking up laughing and squirming in our seats and it feels like this is exactly where Josh Glanc wants us.

Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chamedian is the return of the show that broke records at last year’s FRINGE WORLD. It was the only comedy show nominated for the Western Australian Arts Editor Award and it sold out every night.

Now Glanc has brought it back for one last time for those unlucky enough to have missed out.

It’s both deliciously absurd for the cult comedy nerds and makes a great gateway to deeper waters for everyone else.

The show begins with a phenomenal performance from Perth’s tightest air musicians before Glanc reveals two important insights.

The first is that he’s only recently returned to performing after turning 30. He had missed it and knew he needed to return before he had any regrets.

The second fact is that Glanc can’t really tell ‘normal jokes’ even though he does attempt lip-syncing to a Wil Anderson routine. The only thing we can say about these facts is: thank God.

Glanc deconstructs the traditional hour of stand-up with song, bizzarro sketches and most of all with fascinating character play.

This is where he shines whether it’s feline therapist, disillusioned mime or 90s pop titan René Dif of Aqua. You’ll be holding on by the seat of your pants but just go with it.

Karma Chamedian is a joyous ode to doing what you love while you still can. It feels like only the beginning for Josh Glanc and we can’t wait to see where he goes next.

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Review by Cameron Scull on 31 Jan 2019

Long-time attendee, first time reviewer, Cameron Scull is excited to be part of FRINGE WORLD. Cameron works as a copywriter and freelance reviewer at a variety of radio stations and publications. He enjoys the absurd and surreal, and is an indie music nerd, minimalist in progress, and devoted cat dad.