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The Birdmann

The Birdmann, Surfers Paradise, AU

Posted: 07/7/2011 5:29 PM | Comments: 0

Last Modified: 07/17/2011 2:18 PM | Updates

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Alloway Hall (Venue 4), to Saturday

Australian comedian Trent Baumann has one slick act.

Clad in a tight Charlie Chaplin suit jacket, and armed with a bag of dodgy vaudevillian tricks, impeccable timing and a deadpan Steven Wright wit ("In a past life I was an amoeba. I’ve come a long way"), Baumann had a charmed audience eating out of his hand at his jet-lagged Canadian debut.

Along with standup comedy and storytelling, his 45-minute performance includes less than stupendous escape artistry, unskilled knife-throwing and a blatantly transparent magic trick. The crowd lapped it up, but Baumann’s real talent is in his ability to wring laughs and applause out of periods when he’s doing absolutely nothing. Sheer genius.

— Pat St. Germain

 

From the official Fringe Festival program:

A one-man variety concert of fastidious facts and extraordinary acts in a tight black suit with a cool hairdo and jazzy tunes from a man like no man. Infamous international vaudevillian The Birdmann wows the world on a tour fantastic.

"Charismatic vaudeville stylings with twists of oddity" – Metromix New York

"Funny … invigorating … triumph" - The Melbourne Age

www.thebirdmann.com.au

Recommended For: General Audience

Length: 45 MIN

Tickets: $10

Warnings: None

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Updated on Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 2:18 PM CDT: Adds review

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