Paul Savage: Well Groomed

Comedy (stand-up, storytelling)

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Paul Savage wanted to do a fun, silly show but shows about trauma win awards. So he's written a fun, silly show about his trauma. Trigger warning: Paedophile Jokes – but about them, not from the point of view of one, obviously. 'Genuinely brilliant, and all-round hoot' (Guardian). 'Paul Savage was a revelation' **** (ABC Australia). 'Armed with a razor-sharp wit, and serious pun-making abilities' (Advertiser, Adelaide). 'An engaging and affable labour of love from a man determined to find comedy in the unlikeliest of places' (BroadwayBaby.com). Top 10 Jokes of the Fringe, 2017 (Guardian).

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Katie 1 day ago

This was a truly self indulgent 50 minutes that lacked substance and comedy. It was the 7th(ish) time I've seen Paul Savage so, obviously, I'm usually a fan. I'm not quite sure how a comedian can come out of 2 years of Covid restrictions less self-aware than when they went in but he somehow managed it.

The show is ostensibly about how he was groomed by a paedo when he was a child, when he actually wasn't (the story he describes is the type of encounter with a wrong'un that most people had at some point and you ham it up and tell your friends about it after a few bottles and everyone laughs at what a lucky escape it was. Anyone who was actually groomed or 'assaulted' as he referred to it, would be offended that he frames it this way).

There wasn't a continual narrative throughout the show, it was a bunch of jumbled anecdotes and puns about unrelated things with really lazy punching down one-liners thrown in for easy laughs. He obviously wanted to do a show about trauma, but either hasn't actually experienced any or hasn't done enough self-reflection to really interrogate his life for real experiences and so what you get instead is an underwhelming set that lacks both the dark humour and uplifting moral outcome you want from this genre.


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