Stand-up comic Rob Pue ‘s Comedy Now ! performance makes you want to know where and when he will be in your town. This guy is good, really good. Until he shows up at a stand-up comedy club near you you can catch his Comedy Now! show July 12th on CTV and July 13th on The Comedy Network at 10 P.M.
What is great about this Comedy Now! performance is there are few references only the local Toronto audience will appreciate: This performance travels well. Pue opens strong by acknowledging this show now gives him a decent intro next time he performs at a comedy club instead of "he just got back from nowhere, you might have seen him on nothing..." What is scary for all the young comics out there is the comedian mentions this has been 11 years in the making.
Rob Pue knows how to structure his material. Instead of short jokes, he has a solid series of themes on which he hangs his humour. His use of irony is also quite entertaining. No wonder you can see the audience rocking with laughter a couple of times.
There is not a slow point in this performance. The show opens with the U.S. border quiz for people travelling by Greyhound which pokes fun at Pue's financial situation, the stupidity of some of the screening questions, and a self-deprecating bit on terrorism in Canada. His wrap-up punchline for this comedy routine is perfect, has a couple of good callbacks, and very funny.
Pue's long bit on drugs is also very good. It is hard to bring something new to that particular topic but this comedian manages not to revisit the standard drug joke.
When this stand-up comic starts on his grocery story bit I was afraid he was going for a George Carlin On the Road rip-off but it's all good, original stuff though not dolphin friendly. Also excellent is his bit on homeless people; he again brings something new to this standard comedy topic. It also has a few rather dark jokes that I especially enjoyed.
The one joke that does not work in Pue's performance is "I'm one punchline away from panhandling." Not true at all.
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Puegilist: Rob Pue is a very busy Canadian comic. That may explain why it has taken a while for his first stand-up comedy CD to come out. Puegilist was worth the wait.