Frank Woodley Bemusement Park
Ever since bursting to national prominence
as one half of the madcap physical comedy duo Lano & Woodley way back in
the hoary decade known as the 1990s, comedian Frank Woodley has grown to
become one of Australia’s best-loved funnymen.
On second thoughts, ‘grown’ might not be
the right word: despite now being in his mid forties (!) there’s
something of the perennial awkward teen in Woodley’s stage persona. One
minute he might appear polished, almost unflappable - he has, after all,
been doing this for almost 30 years - before the facade of
professionalism comes crumbling down with a boyish smile,
self-deprecating line or a flailing of gangly limbs, all timed for
maximum comedic effect, of course.
Woodley’s first solo standup DVD captures
him in fine fettle, and fans of Lano & Woodley and his many
hilarious appearances on shows like Spicks & Specks and Thank
God You’re Here will find much to enjoy in this tight, hour-long
Warehouse Comedy set. Featuring one of the more memorable entrances in
Australian comedy history, Bemusement Park is frequently
laugh-out-loud funny and captures the frenetic, freewheeling Woodley at
his most potent, whether he’s ruminating on exactly why he’s such a
nervous person or recalling the time he thought he overheard his mother
in law calling a newborn baby an asshole.
Music, one-liners, surreal anecdotes and
Woodley’s rubber-limbed physicality all combine here to maximum effect -
Bemusemark Park is a mixed bag, to be sure, but it’s also an
eminently impressive debut outing and one fans of the inimitable comic
won’t want to miss.
A ‘Non-Swearing Audio Option’ which may
prove handy for those with children (not that Frank’s language ever gets
too blue) and an excellent 40-minute special self-explanatorily entitled
Highlights from Bewilderbeest, which essentially amounts to a
second show for the price of one.