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Image for DVD - Stephen K Amos - Find The Funny

DVD - Stephen K Amos - FindThe Funny

“You Australians love to laugh!”, British comedian Stephen K. Amos gleefully notes as he prowls the stage of the Enmore Theatre. He’s right, too – not a minute goes by on his new DVD, Find the Funny, when he doesn’t have his Sydney audience in roars of laughter. Perhaps it’s this reason that Amos himself is a regular to our shores, and why he has filmed his latest DVD right here on a sell-out tour earlier this year. This unedited start-to-finish performance captures the quick-thinking, provocative funnyman in a practically unstoppable roll of anecdotes, insults and improvised interactions with the crowd.

The title of the DVD is Find The Funny – a mission which Amos has had no qualms in accomplishing. He simply asks his audience to do the same: even in the strangest and gravest situations one encounters in life, you’ve just got to find the things that make you laugh. For instance, Stephen often talks of his tough upbringing in a low economic class and with strict parenting. As an adult, he is now able to bring thousands of people together to laugh about these things. In turn, he assists the audience in being able to laugh at themselves – as an English visitor to Australian cities and towns, he manages to achieve an outsider’s take on observational humour. Some of the biggest laughs of the night are reserved for rants about Australian taxi drivers and the city of Adelaide (“What YEAR is it there? The mullet is still alive and well!”); as well as his side-splitting impression of the “bogan” Australian accent. It must be all the visits to Australia; the bastard does it better than we do! Don’t think it’s all Aussie insults, either – once he gets started on Leeds in the U.K. you’ll be hard-pressed not to be in stitches.

Another highlight of the performance is Amos’ irrepressible communication with crowd members. Whilst you’ll laugh at his mock-tirade against Pauline, a British expat, or his interrogation of Dean (who responds to his name being asked with “uhh, Dean”); nothing comes close to his chats with Robbie, the fifteen year old in the front row. When Robbie tells Stephen he was born in 1993, a laugh quivers through the crowd. “Did you hear that?”, Stephen retorts. “That’s the sound of jealousy!”. Stephen continuously returns to Robbie during the set to emphasise jokes or to make sure he understood older references made – even to bring home some crude sex-related jokes. Sure, it’s a little patronising and very embarrassing to young Robbie, but you’ll be damned if you don’t get a few schadenfreude laughs out of the whole situation.

From the second he walks out onstage with a fake accent, right up to the end where he ends his set with a touching story about a close friend who was diagnosed with cancer, you’ll be hard pressed to find anything to dislike about Stephen K. Amos as a brilliant comedian. You certainly won’t be as hard-pressed to find the funny – guaranteed.

Find The Funny is in stores now.

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