Comedy Reviews

Review: 50 First Jokes @ Infinite Jest

Words By J.W Denholm


I was looking forward to this event. As usual Jest had come up with a great idea for experimental comedy. I’ll admit I come here a lot, sometimes as a comedian, but always as a punter. Jest has an air of the unknown about it and the comedians always cash that in for some solid laughs. The Flying Scotsman was our host for this evening, as it is every week, and it was gracious as usual.

The premise for tonight, 50-first jokes, was for every comedian (and it seemed as if every comedian in Perth was here) to get up and do 1-3 minutes of never before heard jokes. Brand new jokes without a safety net.

As is going to happen with a night like this one, not every comedian on the bill made the funny happen. But thanks primarily to an excellent MC in the form of one Sonny Yang. The night never lost its beat. He knew exactly when the crowd needed a pick me up. He knew when to let the comedians run a little bit loose and it was exactly what the night needed.

Now with a night that has thirty comedians on the bill it would be simply impossible to re-cap each of the acts. Let me run through some highlights for you:

Nat Damena came out in the first bracket and kept his superb form from the recent Funny Faces competition going with his set of new jokes. He is only six gigs into his comedy career and he is already smashing goals. He’s one to look out for.

Nat Damena
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Also smashing it in the first half was Jez Watts, filling our mind holes with his funny take on Belle Gibson, the blogger who lied about having cancer. Jez’s deliver in telling a story is second to none, and it was a nice change from his usual joke to joke style.

Jez Watts
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The second half highlight can be no other than THE Bec Charlwood. Bursting onto the stage after four too many drinks, she wasn’t afraid to hit us with some punchy and risky jokes. Stopping regularly for sips of the MC’s beer was a move the crowd loved, the MC not so much.

Bec Charlwood
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The night was capped off with the funny headline styles of Lukey Bolland. This man is a Perth comedy staple and didn’t fail to deliver tonight. His constant punchlines and great observations about married life had the audience laughing right up to the end.

Lukey Bolland
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Over all it was a great night and the experimental element that Jest always brings to the table made it special. You can check out Infinite Jest every Monday night at the flying Scotsman and on Facebook  to see what they have coming up. For only $5 it is some of the best value entertainment in Perth.