Craig Annis: Nanna’s Boy (Bedlam Bar)

rsz_craigannis1Venue: Bedlam Bar (Glebe NSW), Sep 25 – 27, 2013

Theatre review
Due to the recent loss of Craig Annis’ grandmother, he wisely chose to steer his show Nanna’s Boy away from its original concept, and move it towards a more general style of stand up comedy. The short sequence where he does talk about his grandmother, is beautiful and strong, but it is evident that the performer is not ready to delve too heavily into that emotional space. The rest of the material though, varies in effectiveness, and does not always deliver the best results. It is fortunate then that Annis is an excellent performer, and his natural talents easily makeup for a few shortfalls in the writing.

Annis’ greatest strengths are his charm and energy. He is easily buoyed when the audience responses well, and never falters when a punchline misses the mark. The enthusiasm for his work is highly infectious, and that is half the battle won. Most memorable moments include a hilarious impersonation of comedy celebrity Dave Hughes (with a French twist) and a very amusing interchange with a puppet that involves inter-species affection. Nanna’s Boy may not have a perfect selection of jokes, but his grandmother would be very proud indeed of Annis’ skills at telling them.

5 Questions with Craig Annis

craigannisWhat is your favourite swear word?
I can’t usually swear in my day job BUT the best non-swear word I ever heard was a guy I knew who said the word ‘crumb’ as an expletive when he got killed in Call Of Duty. Try it, it’s the funniest thing ever!

What are you wearing?
Oh, behave! If I’m being COMPLETELY honest – my gym gear, just got back from a workout. I should have made that sound sexier… I’m wearing whatever Ryan Gosling was wearing in that movie when everyone thought he was at his sexiest. You should totally imagine his body with my head on it.

What is love?
I think this link explains it best… God Bless Haddaway!

What was the last show you saw, and how many stars do you give it?
Hmmmmm… are bands included? If so, The Lazy’s were truly FANTASTIC. They’re an Aussie Gen Y rock band who are so FREAKING AWESOME that Eddie McGuire once stopped in a laneway to listen to them and then got them on his radio show the next morning. I’ll be lucky enough to walk on stage to one of their tracks each night!

Is your new show going to be any good?
I can’t answer that! I’ll sound like a wanker… BUT it does have the BEST punchline I’ve ever written in it. When the comedy gods delivered it to me I had to pull over. Which was awkward, because I was on the Harbour Bridge and apparently traffic cops don’t have the same sense of humour. In short, my show’s a heartfelt celebration of life. It’s fun, thoughtful and involves an encore with a puppet that you never thought possible!

Craig Annis is appearing in Nanna’s Boy, part of Sydney Fringe 2013.
Show dates: 25 – 27 Sep, 2013
Show venue: Bedlam Bar