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Joz Norris: Blink 4.5**** - One4Review

Joz Norris: Blink 4.5****

| On 22, Aug 2022

There’s something about this show that makes it feel like a profound and spiritual experience, but when you reach for what exactly the nature of that profundity was, it dissipates like smoke. There’s so much going on with this show, so many layers and ways of looking, it’s a bit like seeing it in a mirror maze. Look that way, catch that angle. Look this way, see something else.

On one level, this is still Joz Norris, farting around on stage in his pants, just because it’s funny. On another level, it seeks to comment on the exploitative relationship between the performer and audience: performer takes the money, and can then do what they want. It’s an exploration of the impact of performing on the psyche and sense of self. There’s a demonstration of just how creepy rabbits are. All of that and a machine that can read minds!

Mr Norris – abetted by Ben Target in the room, and a whole host of other talented people outside of it – delivers a show of carefully constructed chaos, with all of the performance cahoneys to do quite weird and awkward stuff, including telling the audience to f-off, and at the same time retain the goodwill of that audience. This show has everything you could want – or expect – from two alternative and absurdist comedians who’ve had quite some time to cook up all sorts of chicanery and buffoonery and the justifications thereof. Excellent fun; almost total nonsense.

Reviewed by Laura

Pleasance Dome

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