Right off the bat I want to point out that Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall has several hour-long videos of himself listing everything rather appropriately titled Alasdair Lists Everything and can be described, as one Youtube commenter put it ‘oddly compelling’. And honestly – if Tremblay-Birchall can make the proverbial “reading from the phone book” interesting, you know you’re in for a good time when you go to see an actual show with jokes and all.
One of my favourite aspects of an Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall show, and I say this as an a bit of a devotee of him, is that he chats comfortably with the audience before the show. The show starts with a similarly endearing absence of formality, and thus begins a fascinating stream-of-consciousness delivery of jokes, stories and non-sequiturs.
A common critique of Tremblay-Birchall is that he lacks polish, but it’s part of his charm – he’s a comedian you’re pretty sure you could hang out and have a drink with.
If Tremblay-Birchall has a flaw, it’s that he relies on some of his older material to pad out the show – a common thing for comedians to do, but if you’ve seen him before, you might have to sit through some jokes you’ve already heard. This isn’t necessarily a total failure, because of course, the material is great – and for those who haven’t seen the comedian before it’s some of the funniest comedy I’ve seen in my life.
Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall is a great example of a comedian you should go and see and support at the Comedy Festival after you’ve been to see a headliner and had a coffee – or even instead of the headliner.
Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall and his Amazing Disappearing Enthusiasm previews at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival until the 19th April at the Forum Theatre. Tickets are from $15 to $20, get them at the MICF website, Ticketmaster on 1300 660 013, or at the door.