Showing at the Factory Theatre, Frenchy came energised and needed no warmup or introduction. A Sydney Comedy Festival regular, it is evident that he has done this before. Frenchy braces you for an hour of inappropriate sex jokes, politically incorrect comments, and a little serenading.
When you ignore his preposterous height you start to recognise his ripped jeans, messy hair, and Bogan accent. Benjamin French (aka Frenchy), an ex-teacher turned YouTuber, shows his comedic competency. It shines through as he shares his thoughts about girlfriends, sex, and drugs.
His ‘no holds barred’ persona will transfix your attention. Frenchy will try to get you offended as much as he can. His show is definitely not for the faint-hearted. He takes comments and non-consensual questions from the audience without hassle, a very admirable quality for a comedian.
His musical talent is no joke. Frenchy can actually rap and sing. He does this so flawlessly in between jokes, his guitar ready and amped up for songs about Ketamine and the Kardashians. Being from Wollongong, Frenchy knows and understands Sydney humour, pointing out that he ‘doesn’t speak Blacktown’ to a mumbling audience member asking a question.
Frenchy’s sexual prowess is what’s expected from a typical Aussie lanky white guy from the Gong. He calls himself a Tinder king, points out his sister’s breastfeeding habits, and mentions his out-of-place nipples. He took one insecurity and turned it into an amusing piece for his show. His sense of comedic creativity is palpable.
Seeing Frenchy’s show needs to be approached with caution. You need to bring your sense of humour and get ready for a whole hour of laughs and gasps because, Benjamin will promise you something ‘not less fun…but a different kind of fun’.
Kevin Rodrigueza is a 21-year-old Sydney local and a personal lover of burgers and craft beer. Follow his adventures at @kevinr___.