Reviewed by Galen Cuthbertson.
Andrew O’Neill is a God. He’s an odd, awkward, hilarious God.
Ostensibly, the whole show is about being ‘Alternative’. Andrew himself is what my grandfather would call an ‘unacceptable’: a vegan, a transvestite, an amateur occultist, and a heavy-metal fan. Andrew’s comfortable with that, and he’d like us to be comfortable with our own weirdness(es?) too. Don’t think of it as a ‘preachy’ show, though; Andrew’s message is subtle, and the show is incredibly approachable. Really, the whole ‘alternative’ theme is just an excuse for some remarkably original, unexpected jokes.
As the show progresses, Andrew jumps from singing, to miming, and then back to normal stand-up. He’s constantly reinventing himself, and his performance, even as he goes. It’s a wonderful thing to watch.
Perhaps the most striking aspect of the show is its fearlessness. Andrew doesn’t shy away from potentially offensive topics, but he handles them with dexterity and delicacy. Whereas most comedians would fear silence, or awkwardness, or a lack of constant laughter from the audience, O’Neill seems to relish it. There were ‘down’ moments in the show, but they were (or at least, seemed) deliberate and orchestrated. They made the ‘high’ moments even funnier, and I loved that. By the end of the show, I loved him.
All in all, Andrew O’Neill puts on a remarkable show. Well worth seeing.
A warning, though: if you love Justin Beiber / Jesus, maybe don’t go. It gets a little rough.