Joel Creasey: Rock God
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Australian comedian Joel Creasey arrives at this year's Fringe having already achieved some level of fame in his own country, and it's easy to see why: The relentlessly hilarious 23-year-old has the chops of a much more seasoned performer, and the charisma of an inevitable star. Despite its inclusion in a theater festival, the show is essentially a stand-up set ("You can call it storytelling," he quips early on), complete with crowd work and an onstage water bottle. It's loosely structured around stories in which Creasey meets his childhood heroes (from a kids' TV show host to a famous Aussie stand-up), but the considerable magic is in the asides and tangents—many of which seem genuinely off-the-cuff. Whether recounting his failed stint as a ball boy in tennis or humblebragging about bedding his mother's Zumba instructor, Creasey is charmingly self-effacing without ever crossing the line into awkward self-loathing, and his ability to contort his face and voice to inhabit various characters recalls performers like Maria Bamford and Margaret Cho. (As with those funny ladies, Creasey's mom is the source of much of his comedy.) Rock God is a rare opportunity to catch a future star in an intimate setting. Don't miss it: You'll have great bragging rights when he sells out Radio City in a few years.—Ethan LaCroix
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