Joz Norris, the writer and performer of this one-man show, came on stage in a bright red shirt, a pair of grey jeggings and two pairs of sunglasses that provided an effective visual indication of just how moronic but equally hilarious Matt Fisher is. As soon as the show started, the intentional lack of powerpoint to performer synchronisation and the unique yet confident dance moves that lacked synchronisation with the music sparked off the “night of chat, rock, humour, dance, mime, crime and flirting with Tooting’s foremost neo-pre-Raphaelite” – an ambitious tag line but by the end of the show an accomplished one.
With use of multi-media and props including a ukulele and the anticipated recital on the piano and clarinet, there was enough variety in the show to keep the audience focused on the one-man production. But, even without the use of props, Norris still would have done more than retain the audience’s interest as his comic delivery and the actual lines themselves were well-timed, sharp and very funny, highlighting Norris’ own skill as a stand-up as well as a comic actor. The specificity of the humour at times was revealing not only of Norris’ ability to engage with his character, but it revealed a somewhat darker layer to the character of Matt Fisher, a supposed background and childhood upbringing that served as explanatory detail enough for the audience to understand the nature of Matt’s character and why he does “have something to say”.
Some particularly enjoyable moments in the show included Matt’s advice on ‘Nightclubbing’ and his ukulele-rendition love-song that created an unexpected but fitting close to the show.
For a performance that was only “the latest development in an on-going project”, the show, the character, the acting and perhaps most importantly, the comedy was highly impressive. Norris has really tapped into a character that could be something very special. If there’s a space to watch, it’s this one!