Like Sam, I have to speak straight from the shoulder. The opening line of the show “How’s it going, Cxxts?” really threw me. I’m by no means easily offended and have been known to use the ‘C’ word myself on a few occasions (probably more than I’d care to admit), but even so, he had me on the back foot.
In fairness, this is his first Adelaide Fringe and he got shafted to what I would consider to be the Garden of Unearthly Delights’ least inviting venue, the Spare Room. And it was 9:30pm on a Wednesday night, so the audience was made up of maybe 20 people. It was a little too intimate.
Needless to say, the greeting didn’t rouse a laugh. This definitely shook him and he took a little while to recover, which was a bit of a shame because when he really got going, he had some genuinely funny material.
His dad’s life lessons were the inspiration for the show, and Sam’s experiences (accidentally not) living up to his dad’s creed were entirely relatable and hilarious.
Aside from a younger-Dave Hughes vibe that crept in every now and again, Sam Taunton has a comedic style that I really want him to own more. Give me more of the attractive, loveable larrikin who gets into incredibly awkward situations with South Africans and Uber drivers, and a bit less of the C-bomb and self-loathing. He claims that he’s really dumb, but his stories are far too articulate for that to be true.
Sam Taunton definitely deserves an opportunity to prove how good he is. So get along to his show, support him, and build his confidence so next year we can experience a more polished delivery of what is otherwise a very funny show.
3.5 out of 5 stars!
Show: Sam Taunton – Straight From The Shoulder
Venue: Spare Room at The Garden of Unearthly Delights
Duration: 60 mins