The Age of Wonder
3 ½ stars
REVIEW: NICK SAS
A comedian dealing with a heckler can be awkward at the best of times.
A comedian dealing with a heckler, in a tiny room, with an audience of about 15, is excruciating.
And when that comedian is nice-guy Bart Freebairn - and the heckler is quite obviously a douchebag - it gets even worse.
Bart Freebairn's show in The Age of Wonder, didn't exactly go to plan on Thursday night.
But thankfully for Freebairn - and the non-heckling portion of audience - the aforementioned heckler left about 20 minutes in, to the applause of the audience, and Freebairn was finally able to perform his surreal brand of humour to an audience that actually wanted to her his comedy.
The show jumps back and forth from Freebairn's childhood, into his somewhat troublesome reality, with the young(ish) comedian tackling subjects from internet dating, to everyone's "weird" dreams, obesity and about 10 minutes of anecdotes on Big Macs (you'll understand when you see it).
Along with some slightly absurd observations - and theories - Freebairn quite often hit the nail on the head with his examination of life as an early-30, late-20-year-old, and delivered some witty one-liners that were right on the money.
The Victorian is an obvious talent, and fans of comedians from the Josh Thomas or Joel Creasey school will find The Age of Wonder the most worthwhile.
Just don't heckle.