Review by Patrick Martin
Sometimes life gives you lemons and all you want to do is pretend that you are someone else.
Sometimes life gives you so many lemons that you have no other choice other than to turn your misfortune into little comedy gems - Sam Garlepp does just that.
We’ve all been to the point where we want to say “no, I’m someone else” but few of us are brave enough to detail our every fall and insecurity along the way. Over an hour in the tiny confines of The Producer’s Bar Nook, young Sam Garlepp pulls apart his recent misfortunes candidly.
Whether it is his recently failed relationship or his struggles to move out of home and finish university, Garlepp’s observational comedy skills are obvious and perfectly tinted with moments of self-deprecation without being overdone. A running joke about the similarities between his former sponsor child and Tinder is an absolute highlight, perfectly walking the line between what is socially crude and acceptable.
While the quietness of the room undoubtedly spooks Garlepp out of some of his best material, he fought on. An overly active audience member chirps in incessantly but Garlepp handles him with ease, exemplifying Garlepp’s natural performers instinct.
As the hour winds down the comedic material becomes a little too repetitive with the delivery also becoming tiresome, however you can not fault Garlepp’s honesty.
Sam Garlepp wants to be someone else. However the best bits of us are always our faults and he proves this with ease. It is even more endearing when personal faults are wrapped in little shiny self-depreciating nuggets of humour and delivered with frank honesty.
Don't change, Sam.
WHAT: Sam Garlepp
WHERE: The Producer’s Nook
WHEN: 10pm 12th February – 19th February
FOR FANS OF: Tom Ballard
MOST MEMORABLE: Sponsor child Tinder.