Review | Kieran Eaton
Who here is old enough to remember the old adventure computer games of the 80s? They were so bad they were classic! Even the early 90s ones were so cheesy, they made you slightly ashamed to have a geeky sense of humour. Sonny Yang’s Incredibly Stupid Adventure Game embraces this geeky oddball sense of humour to the highest degree. The creator is Sonny Yang – a deadpan Perth comedian who likes to dress like he has just come out of working in an accounting office. If you have never seem him before it may baffle you that he just stares at you completely expressionless – while you sit down to watch him, sit in front of a laptop computer with an intense spectacle stare – don’t worry though, as this is where the comedy gold comes from.
Yang is a man on few words and luckily the interactive big screen computer game provides all the interaction you need. The mini projection screen blares in your face with 16 colour resolution that takes you back to a more innocent time where not being slick was cool – and not in a self-aware ironic way. These games were straight forward and so our twisted up anarchic Internet connected brains of nowadays, would second guess the simplicity. This game that is also a comedy show, feels a bit like Dungeons and Dragons – where Yang is the Dungeon Master on stage, and on the computer screen he is the hero.
This crazy parody of adventure games is hilarious on so many levels. Firstly, the premise that adventure starts with game Yang just having to take his little child out for the day. It seems so innocuous that you can’t help laughing. Secondly, the humour comes from stupidity and stereotypes that are so extreme that they are brilliant. The game is so straight forward that Yang needs no prompting as the game master but of course only a few audience members want to be active participants. That is OK because there is no right or wrong in the show but not living up to Yang’s game playing standard may cause some snide remarks. Ignore this because it all in jest and even if you don’t successfully complete the game, it is still a successful show.
If you want to embrace your inner geek, Sonny Yang’s Incredibly Stupid Adventure Game is one of those experiences that will have you in stitches.
WHEN: 8th – 16th February | 3:30pm & 4:30pm
WHERE: The Shoe | Yagan Square | NORTHBRIDGE
INFO: Pricing $15 – $20 | Suitability M |Occasional Course Language, Depicts Violence, Loud Noises, Sexual References | COMEDY
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