Politics, gender equality, and racial issues are bold premises to set your solo comedy show alight with, yet Paul Culliver adeptly handles and weaves his way through such material in a sharp-minded manner with his current show ‘The Honeypot’.
Coming in strong into this festival after a very successful and award-winning run in Perth Fringe World, Culliver is not afraid to admit that he comes from a position of privilege (humourously portraying all aspects of himself that fit into the model straight, white, Australian male). Through this setup is a smart, hilarious, and satisfying commentary on each subject manner. This is an hour of well-put-together and committed material presented by a naturally comic, energetic, instantly likeable, and entertaining individual.
Culliver’s style is unwaveringly immersive in its vibrancy, holding the crowd’s attention throughout the hour and landing laughs that are both very deliberate, and occasionally spontaneous. (Ascertaining from the audience that he would be a defined as a ‘cub’ through adopting an alternative sexuality was a wonderful one-off moment). With hilarious renditions of a message thread, to the qualms of helping or contributing towards prejudice, this is a cunning array of relatable insights that is inclusive on all angles.
If you’re after a well-crafted show, led by a definitive name in the industry, then jumping into the ‘Honeypot’ is a must.
Corey M. Glamuzina is a Melbourne-based actor, writer, improvisor and comedian with an avid involvement in the art of theatre and film.
‘Paul Culliver – The Honeypot’ runs from 5 – 17 April at the Downstairs Lounge @ the Grand Mercure Hotel. The venue is accessible.
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