Shane Adamczak's alter-ego is wannabe rock star/geek Zack Adams.
Shane Adamczak's alter-ego is wannabe rock star/geek Zack Adams.

Zack Adams: Love Songs for Future Girl

Blue Room Theatre

Review: Varnya Bromilow


Being funny is hard. Being funny in front of a bunch of strangers verges on masochism. Even when you succeed, or "kill" as comedic parlance has it, it's not as gratifying as it should be because succeeding in comedy means making it look easy.

Making your sweaty efforts look a cinch makes for happy punters but it also paves the way for Great Uncle Ben to email you quips he's been working on. Anyone can do it.

Happily for Shane Adamczak, his combination of deft musicianship and anecdotal humour certainly kills, but it never looks easy. Adamczak's alter-ego is wannabe rock star/geek Zack Adams.

Adamczak, perhaps best known as a member of improv team The Big Hoo Haa, has written five shows around the character of Adams.

The fourth, Zack Adams: Awkward earned a spot at last year's New York Fringe Festival. Adamczak's on to a good thing and he's milking it.

In Zack Adams: Love Songs for Future Girl, Adams has recently finished a less-than-successful tour. After a series of mishaps involving (among other things) a headless guitar and some cold-medicine- induced hallucinations, Adams returns to Perth to be reunited with The One, the girl of his dreams.

Unfortunately for the ill-fated Adams, The One has decided she is no longer his.

The rest of the show sees Adams nursing his broken heart and running through a list of past crushes.

Aided by his assiduous Facebook research, Adams seeks out each girl on the list to ensure that he didn't let The Other One get away.

Adamczak so comfortably inhabits Adams' skin, one has to assume that the character bears a goodly resemblance to the artist. He's geeky, sure, but in that geeky-chic kind of way.

It's hard to imagine that anyone blessed with such musical skills could ever be hard-up for a lady friend.

Strong as his songs are, Adamczak is actually much funnier when telling his anecdotes, perhaps because he seems slightly less assured. He's funnier still when he risks looking foolish and gets a bit bawdy.

This is a consistently funny, professionally executed show from one of Perth's most industrious comedians.

Zack Adams: Love Songs for Future Girl runs until August 28.

The West Australian

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