Is Jimmy Carr running out of steam?
Johannesburg - Oh hey, Jimmy! The internet called. It wants its memes back! Also, what two domes does Kevin Hart fill out better than Jimmy Carr? Ticketpro and a con.
Nearly 3,000 fans were mildly entertained by comedian and one-liner aficionado Jimmy Carr, who performed at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg for the first of two shows in the city in his Funny Business world tour.
The highlight for South Africans was his brutal assault of President Jacob Zuma. Given the charged political environment we have found ourselves in, his comic relief was most welcomed by the audience. Its abundantly clear what 3,000 South African's think of our President. Let's hope all of them registered to vote in the August municipal elections. Sadly, his material was recycled from 2011.
As for the rest of the show, if you have access to the internet, it's likely you would already know the punchline to many of Mr. Carr's jokes. You would have either heard it before or it would have been in a meme you saw floating around Facebook. The internet. Making comedians work extra hard since 1994.
Considering a night out for a couple would have set them back a minimum of of R1,000 and given our proximity to junk status, there are certainly better ways to blow a grand. Seems the perfect entry for one of Mr. Carr's "your mamma" jokes. Also, "entry" [insert hadeda laugh].
Curiously, towards the end of the show, a very awkward exchange took place between a front row member of the audience and Mr. Carr.
The audience member -- a metrosexual male with two earrings on his bottom lip -- held out a sign that read: "Help me win a bet." Maybe it was the adrenaline coursing through his veins that made his hand quiver as he held up that printed A4 page or he wasn't feeling Mr. Carr's joke on Parkinson's disease, but the audience member muttered something about wanting to take a picture with Mr. Carr and that "Danny" did it too. He tried to calm down Mr. Carr's confusion by offering a knowing wink and a "don't worry, I'll tell you later" hand gesture, but Mr. Carr was having none of it... as in, Mr. Carr proceeded to ignore the gentleman and carry on with his encore like he wasn't in the room. Ouch.
As to who "Danny' is/was remained a mystery to Mr. Carr and the rest of us and well, long story short, the sign-holding man had to sit through the remainder of the show probably feeling stupid for making the leap.
If one liners don't measure up to your standard of standup comedy, don't go to the show. If religious jokes offend you, don't go. If wit is not your strong suit, don't go. If you've been to any of his other shows, don't go.
If you live in punville and are thinking of entering your sister at an innuendo competition, do go. You'll get some quality laughs and the bits of Jacob Zuma are totally worth it. Your laughter will replace the rage you feel at a President who is the embodiment of things that repulse the morally conscious.
Show rating: 3/5
Ticket Price: R475 - R725
Seating layout: Flat
Duration: 90 minutes
Venue: Emperors Palace