Jason Wood brings a lively, polished performance to FRINGE WORLD in his solo show Not Black, Not White; Just Confused!
Wood brings a disarming, cheeky charm to the stage as he banters with people from the audience and gets the crowd pumped before launching into the bewildering world of parental discipline from the perspective of a young South African kid.
The storytelling is smooth as Wood recounts growing up with the confusion of seeing white parental discipline in action, the mental tactics used by Indian parents, and his own upbringing of good ol’ fashioned physical enforcement.
Wood brings characters to life that’s reminiscent of Kevin Hart – it actually feels like you’re watching a show with lots of actors rather than a one-man gig.
Wood delivers an impressive range of accents and expressions throughout, with a nod at times to some of Russell Peters’ style of storytelling as well.
Though not the first time seeing some of these devices in comedy performance, it was entertaining and cleverly done nonetheless.
There are other moments of hilarity that Wood isn’t afraid to expose, from his encounter with an annoying kid and his parents at a shopping centre, to his competitive streak with a tall woman at a bar.
When it comes to dating, Wood doesn’t shy away from talking height (or lack thereof), or his confusion over dating apps and the strange encounters they bring.
There were a couple of times where it wasn’t clear where the story was heading, however Wood’s timing, impersonation skills and energy for the most part elevated tales of mishap and misadventure into well-scripted plots with fun twists and snappy punchlines.
With two comedians opening for Wood to get the crowd warmed up, an encore performance, and a quick end recording of the crowd going wild in the background, Wood brings his infectious energy and enthusiasm in this fun, irreverent show that will have you laughing at all the grey between black and white.