After a successful run at last year’s festival, Gordon Southern is back in New Zealand with his trusty sound effects box and unique brand of edutainment-style comedy. The Kerfuffle is a delightful hour of rapid fire stand up that is an absolute joy to watch.
There is a whole lot that gets covered throughout the show. Audience members are designated celebrity personas (with weird hobbies like taking photos of meat), he relentlessly pokes fun at British idiosyncrasies and we find out why he has forty avocados in his flat. We also get treated to an impromptu Bollywood dance lesson and learn about the time he threw caution to the wind and faced off against a certain Prince dubbed “Captain Wales” (nudge, nudge, wink, wink).
His material is upbeat, engaging and wonderfully witty with impeccable comedic timing, particularly when he chooses to use his signature “that’s a fun fact!” audio insert. He also recounts some genuinely heartwarming and compelling stories from his family life which he manages to fit in seamlessly without significantly affecting the energy of the set.
Gordon is undeniably a gifted entertainer and skilled performer which he unabashedly credits to him having a drama degree. Drama degree or not, his charismatic disposition, boundless energy and animated storytelling will have you captivated from start to finish. If you weren’t a fan coming in to the show, I daresay you would leave as one.
The Kerfuffle exudes feel good, is immensely entertaining and packs a comedic punch. If you enjoy fun facts, jokes about the Royal Family, toy giraffes and just bloody good comedy (with the odd rap thrown in for good measure), you will thoroughly enjoy this show.
The Whimsical Banana rates The Kerfuffle: 5/5 bananas!
Gordon Southern is performing at The Classic Studio until May 11th – click here for tickets.
This review can also be found on Keeping Up With NZ.
UPDATE: Here is my Broadway Baby review of the same show which I saw again at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.