In his early thirties, Thornton is wondering what he’s achieved in life. He doesn’t own a house, no wife, no children, no job, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (“just the biggest comedy festival in the world, what evs”) playing to a room of seven people. And then there’s Bruce Lee, who by the same age is loved on two continents and achieved so much.
Broadly within the confines of ‘Bruce Lee achieved so much, and I’ve achieved so little’, Dave Thornton’s new show is a mixture of hilarious observational material, expressive mannerisms, and witty audience interaction. With great gags and an easy-going friendliness, he’s got a style everyone should find funny.
So Dave takes us through his life a bit, he relates an elaborate prank his roommate played on him, trips to Adelaide and Brisbane, and at one point that seemed relative at the time, how a robot would look dancing the ‘human’. Be ready for some brilliant flailing with an inane grin at that point!
While the structure is a bit loose (and Bruce Lee isn’t mentioned for twenty minutes) you won’t notice it for a moment. Thornton has a self-indulgent youthful style that is prone to interesting accents, wild tangents, and energetic delivery. The front few rows can expect to be talked to, but not in an aggressive way. Thornton weaves great audience banter naturally into his storytelling, I imagine his show is slightly different every time.