Even with a name like Too Soon you should be warned that Eddie Ifft’s comedy show is not for the faint hearted. Or the easily offended. The American comedian had his claws out and although he made some pot-shots at himself; for the most part he slaughtered some sacred cows, regaled us with sexual (mis)adventures and had the barbs out for every kind of minority or disadvantaged group imaginable. Let’s just say the proceedings suited the 9:30PM timeslot.
The evening started with Ifft asking: “How are you f**kers tonight?” He then made a sarcastic swipe at the venue. Because according to Ifft, The Factory was located in a place where “Even the taxi driver didn’t know where this is”. Ifft then joked about our love of dropping in an expletive or ten in normal conversation. It was this acidic, ranting and acerbic style that would punctuate the night’s performance.
I have seen Ifft perform a few times before and have found his previous shows to be much more enjoyable. In the past, I’ve found he has come up with some witty jokes and observations that suited my sense of humour. His 2013 show however, wasn’t my kind of thing. It received a good reception from the audience but was too crass and focused too heavily on offending and disgusting people for my liking. A lot of it saw Ifft being brash and gross, saying disgusting s**t and taking cheap shots just for the hell of it.
Ifft’s material was dark comedy and sometimes it was similar to his mate, Arj Barker’s more puerile gags. I heard one female punter put it best as we were leaving the venue. She said that she felt the humour was more of the “masculine” variety. This made sense, as Ifft had spoken at length about porn and made a few sexist comments, but they weren’t as bad as Tracy Morgan’s headline-grabbing ones from Melbourne.
If I’d taken proper note of the show’s title, I might’ve realised that all bets were off and any topic – no matter how hot button it might have seemed – was on the table for a good lashing. I’ve personally laughed more and harder at other comedians (including Dave Thornton’s set earlier that night). But you’ve got to remember that comedy is extremely subjective- one man’s Seinfeld is another one’s Two & A Half Men and personally, this evening tended more towards option number two.
Originally published on 27 April 2013 at the following website: http://www.theaureview.com/sydney/comedy-festival-live-review-eddie-ifft-in-too-soon-factory-theatre-26-04-13
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