“I’ve essentially invented a new form of art...and I’m going to keep on doing it until you enjoy it”, jokes Simon Munnery.
It’s a statement which handily encapsulates all that is right, and occasionally wrong, with ‘Fylm’ - the latest show from one of comedy’s greatest innovators. Munnery clearly cares what his audience thinks, but isn’t likely to change his act to pander to them.
The first thing to note is that this is NOT standup. Munnery never even takes to the stage. Instead he sits at the back of the audience at a desk with a variety of cameras, gizmos, drawings, cardboard cutouts and a guitarist.
The results are projected onto an on-stage screen, cutting between close-ups of the performer’s face and a series of DIY vignettes; like a (slightly) more hi-tech overhead projector presentation.
The delivery is unique, though the content isn’t a million miles away from Munnery’s more traditional comedy shows.
There’s dazzling wordplay, some particularly surreal interludes and a few of his now-legendary Venn diagrams.
When he runs with an idea for more than a few seconds the results can sink or soar depending on personal taste. An extended riff about Mr. T teaching Pythagoras theorum seems designed to split an audience.
There’s also an issue with some curiously Aussie-centric material (the show started life at the Melbourne Comedy Festival) which is too obscure to be universal - mitigated by some nice local references.
Not for everybody then, but deliciously different. Much like Munnery himself.