Words by Samuel McDonough
The various levels at which energy vibrates and thus becomes what we can see, feel and touch in our dimension mean that there is no way Wayne “King” Carey’s favourite movie is anything other than Blood Diamond. Or so Brad Hollis would have you think.
Brad Hollis is probably best known for his Facebook page Yeh Goodboy Goodboy Good Footy Energies (nee Smoking Weed and Watching Brad Johnson Smile) in which Brad helpfully explains the mysterious forces of the universe, through both energy analysis and numerology, and how it manifests in Aussie Rules Footy. He’s only doing one week of shows, at a 10pm slot in the Cranny room at the Producers. He has sold out every night. I arrive alone, because my friend had to look after her dog (yeah turn it up Sonia), I’m waiting at the foot of the staircase as the expectant crowd arrives.
The crowd is 100% lad-bros. Seriously. It was all bloke-fellas, mates-dudes, “you’ll never believe what Damo did” sorts. There was not a single person without a penis until the very last moment when three ladies joined the testosterone filled room who I found out later were other comedians and mates of Brad. I wasn’t sure if I was about to see a comedy show or if I accidentally got on the airport shuttle for an end of season footy trip to Bali. At least until Brad enters the room without announcement, fiddles with the computer a little, and begins.
Brad has a wonderfully understated delivery in his performances. “Hi, my name’s Brad. I have four super accounts”. There’s always a pause between when the joke is given to the audience and when the audience realises the joke and begins to laugh. He then impersonates his mother trying to have him roll them all into one account, but no, he wants all four, to use a complicated finance term, he doesn’t want to put all his eggs in one basket. He tells us of his discovery of the 'Goodboy' Philosophy, while watching a St Kilda game in 2012 while Armo was acting skipper due to Riewoldt’s injury and therefore mic’d up for the ‘sounds of the game’. It’s an entertaining story, assisted with the playing of videos on his Mac, interspersed with observations on Wayne Carey’s favourite movie and other less related matters. At one point he pauses the video with 38 seconds to go in the first quarter. St Kilda was on 38. It genuinely seemed like Brad needed a moment to recover from this.
Brad is relatively new to the Adelaide comedy scene, having been around maybe only a couple of years, but already he has a sharply defined on stage persona. His laconic delivery and impersonations of the seemingly mundane, like the moment when a bad guy gets told some information by someone who doesn’t know they are a bad guy, are a refreshing break from the domineering performances of some other comedians. He’s a comedy monk, just trying to bring that parmy down from nirvana and have it here on earth.
Brad Hollis might not be for those who aren’t footy lads on tour OR people who aren’t connected to the subtle vibrations of the energies of the universe, but anyone who can bring those two groups of people together has to be doing something pretty special.
This show has now ended for Fringe 2017, but follow Brad Hollis on Facebook to stay up to date with more shows in the future.