SHOW: WHO’S YOUR DADDY?
CAST: CHRIS FORREST
DIRECTOR: BEVAN CULLINAN
VENUE: AUTO & GENERAL THEATRE ON THE SQUARE, NELSON MANDELA SQUARE UNTIL JUNE 18
REVIEWER: PETER FELDMAN
Who would have thought that having a baby, which millions of couples around the world do, would provide such a rich source of material to an observant comedian?
Chris Forrest, one of the funniest men on the comedy circuit, has fashioned an enlightening and highly entertaining show that probes the question: what is having a baby all about?
Well, Forrest supplies an endless flow of jokes, observations, and anecdotes on the subject and his show was so successful that he has brought it around for the second time.
I missed his first salvo of ‘Who’s Your Daddy?’, staged some time ago, but catching up with him this week I discovered that the man who I had seen performing short stand-up stints previously has certainly reaped a whirlwind here with a show that’s hilariously funny from beginning to end.
The reason for this is because most of us have experienced the trials and (t)error of bringing up a baby, but seen through the eyes of a comedian you are given a totally different perspective.
Forrest, with his chest strapped to a baby harness that is supposed to bring the child closer to his parents, guides his audience through various stages: from the early days of trying to conceive, right up until the baby’s birth. Every development is painstakingly scrutinised with the comedian pin-pointing the constant highs and lows of living with a pregnant wife. His credo is one must never argue with a pregnant women, a reference he returns to time and time again.
Personally his antics and observations rekindled some vivid memories of my own daughter, and I can remember attending anti-natal classes with my wife, helping with breathing exercises and going through a number of other routines.
His show manages to capture the very essence of the entire cycle, giving us in striking detail a “clueless dad’s guide to fatherhood,” as he states in his blurb. He is spot-on in his comments and clever enough to single out pregnant women and their husbands in the audience for special attention.
The worst thing about fatherhood, according to Forrest, is sleep deprivation and the best part about changing a baby’s nappy is when you’re not changing it. He says anti-natal classes are not there to teach would-be father’s how to hate the Sharks (Natal, get it?).
The show is crammed with word imageries and little gems and it’s testament to Chris Forrest’s skills as a one-man laughter machine to keep it all on the boil. He is a shining example of how to sustain a show through shape, form and, most important, content.
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