Interview by: Freya Hall
We know what you want: all of the good shit, none of the bullshit. So we devised these short and sweet interview questions and shot them off to the smartest and brightest that Fringe has got to offer.
In this instalment we bring you: Dez Pondent, stand-up comedian and ‘Australia’s 8th-ranked movie critic’. This year Dez is starring in two Fringe shows: ‘I Am Not An Animal, I Am A Film Critic’, which is showing February 12 to 16 at 459 Bar, and Deadpan Comics Society, which is showing from 27 to 30 January.
Is this your first time at Fringe?
It’s my third time at Fringe. In 2014 I was part of a few shows as a guest performer but in 2015 I had my own show and this year I have 2 main shows. This show at 459 Bar (I Am Not An Animal, I Am A Film Critic) and another one at Noodle Palace (Deadpan Comics Society). Very, very excited. As excited as a dog in a bone factory. Scale of excitement = 16636700
What is your act all about?
My act is all about movies. My act is a deadpan film critic. In a completely emotionless manner I review and discuss films that I love, I hate, I’m inspired by, I’m ambivalent to and also ones that disgust me (for example one of the films I review is Human Centipede). Sometimes I review a film with music in the background or I even sing a review.
There is no official ranking system for film critics in this country but I reckon if there was a system, I would be ranked number 8.
What acts do you want to see most at this year’s festival?
Because I’ve already seen most of the Perth acts who I perform alongside I am familiar with their material, so usually I like to see unusual foreign acts which we would never normally get to see. But there are some Perth acts that I’m very keen to see, such as Lukey Bolland and Cory John Rist. I’m sure their shows will be unique, funny, and possibly even unusual, events.
What do you think of Perth?
The vibe during the month of Fringe is unbelievable. Every night there are so many possibilities to see. And the Fringe World hubs in Northbridge transforms it into a magical place. It really adds so much, it makes Perth a place of tremendous culture for that month. And speaking with other performers from other states the word is that our Fringe is such a fun time for them and they love the vibe during the beautiful summer nights.
But just like having an Olympic Games in your city, when Fringe World Perth is over it’s a big letdown until you get an idea for the next year’s festival and then the excitement begins to build again!
And finally, why should people come and see your show?
It’s an entertainment package and experience like no other. A big-eyed, dark skinned, bald, emotionless comic reviewing films is unusual. But I don’t just talk for an hour. There are also video clips, original songs, audience interaction with PEZ lollies and multimedia slideshows. In fact, the show starts with me re-enacting an iconic scene from the brilliant Elephant Man movie from 1980.
My show isn’t a bloke standing up on stage and predictably talking about his life for an hour. It’s a unique, unusual entertainment experience.