If I could use one word to describe Jason Chongâ€™s new show, it would be â€˜cleverâ€™. If I could use another (depending on how you consider a hyphen) it would be arse-cheeks. Somewhere in between these two lies Chong. No, wait…
â€˜Reel Lifeâ€™, to be fair, begins with some shaky stand-up material. Chong seemed a bit hesitant with this, but it doesnâ€™t hold things back for too long, as the story soon takes over, which is clearly where his strengths lie.
Performing in front of a screen, Chong interacts with an entirely projected world that defies easy explanation. Other characters (played by himself) and scenery for the story are all parts of the projection, and itâ€™s done with such creativity and timing that you canâ€™t help but get caught up in it.
At one point in the story, Chong was interacting with three different versions of himself onscreen. Talk about Chongplicity. Towards the end the story seemed to unravel a bit, as it went in a direction that technically couldnâ€™t be handled without special effects work from LucasFilms.
Jason Chongâ€™s show will amaze you, and there are some great laughs to be had. There might even be a few gasps of amazement. Either way, youâ€™ll struggle to come across a more original show in the festival.
As a bonus, sit behind a guy with a bald head. That made a show with a projector rather interesting.
This is an actual clip used in Jason Chong’s show ‘Reel Life’. For a better idea of how the story worksÂ though, you might want to watch the clip below.