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David Correos: The Correos Effect 4**** - One4Review

David Correos: The Correos Effect 4****

| On 06, Aug 2018

Right. What?

I’ve been Fringing for a while. I have never walked out of a show with the audience (even those who’d been laughing) looking quite so shell-shocked, or felt the need to use the phrase ‘mildly traumatising’ about a show. I couldn’t tell you if I enjoyed it because I haven’t fully processed the experience yet.

The show opened with audience and performer being alienated from each other. I quite believe the audience might have started that, but David took it further. While I thought then that it was just uncomfortable, I now wonder if it was deliberate. Utterly alienate the audience now as a foretaste of just how uncomfortable it’s going to get.

I’m not sure how to describe the show without spoilers. It’s surreal. Like, really surreal. And gross, in parts. Twice it gave me the boke. While watching the bit that David reports makes people leave, I found myself wondering how you even get to the point where you have the thought that here is a thing I could do – much less follow it through and do it, on a stage, in front of people. It is not observational comedy. Some people will wonder if it is comedy.

In amongst it all, there are some gems, and different people will find different gems. You’ll probably find more if you’ve done your research and have an inkling of what you’re getting in to. Even that is unlikely to prepare you, but imbibe some liquid courage of choice, take a deep breath, and give it a go.

Four stars, but please, please, do your research.

Reveiwed by Laura

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 21:00
Untill 27th


  1. Samuel Rebor

    I’ve seen David several times live now, the first few by accident at stand up nights, the other two I intentionally went to his hour shows. I think his genius lies in the fact that he is actually an excellent traditional comedian, he’s been Televised in NZ and regularly hosts and headlines the pro nights. So when he gets strange and goes into his very untraditional pieces as he’s been inclined to do more and more lately you have to watch them with an eye to the fact that they’re not random- they’re highly crafted, intelligent bits structured to defy what we expect of comedy.

    It’s really an experience. Its like when you are watching The Office and its so funny and so awkward at the same time that you have to pause- except you don’t get to. Don’t take your Mum. Do take someone you want to have something to talk about with when you’re both in retirement homes.

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