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Review: Tony Cowards: Daft Pun

Adelaide Fringe

Likeable UK comedian Tony Cowards’ Daft Pun is an hour of puns, gags and one-liners in the Cellar of The German Club. ★★★

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Cowards writes jokes for greeting cards, radio, television and major brands such as Nestle and Savanna Dry. In his 2017 stand-up show, he keeps them coming one after another.

The gags can be classified as typical “dad jokes” – they have very little build up and are barely connected, but while some fall flat, others are laugh-out-loud funny.

The cascade of puns take a break when Cowards opens up about his life. He is ruthlessly honest about his relationship, as well as being charming and relatable.

Cowards also makes an effort to get to know his audience, learning each of their names and a bit about their lives. He improvises jokes, taking requests and showing off his quick wit.

Daft Pun has many chuckle-worthy jokes and a few big laughs, but ultimately the show is likely to struggle to compete with the many other comedy offerings during Fringe.

Three stars

Tony Cowards: Daft Pun is at The GC at The German Club until March 19.

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