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Comedy Fest: Jason Chong in Where’s the Remote? (Review)

Amanda Yap

Thu Apr 05 2012

Jason Chong

EXPECT a very different comedy experience as Jason Chong takes you on a high tech adventure where movies come to life. Amanda Yap indulges the inner child in her.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival,  Jason Chong

Where’s the Remote? was a delightfully original family-friendly adventure.

In typical stand-up comedian fashion, Jason Chong warmed up the audience before launching into the real performance.

Like all theatre-type performances go, you will need to suspend reality and enter into the reel world of make believe where movies come to life.

While at times the sequences were a wee bit confusing – the story essentially revolves around Chong’s purchase of a universal remote, and then diving into the television screen to save his angel and overcome his devil, the innovative use of an interactive screen and projected graphics kept audiences extremely engaged and entertained.

You will be marvelling and laughing as Chong races from one scene to another during his quest within the television set (Wii gamers will be reminded of the Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party game), and pop culture buffs will especially enjoy the numerous television, film and video game references used.

There’s plenty of silly humour aimed at the kids – there is a lot of farting – but it’s nonetheless relatable and will no doubt bring out the child in you.

Jason Chong is a true pioneer of new-generation interactive comedy, and it comes highly recommended if you’re after something different from the usual stand-up routine.

Jason Chong will be performing Where’s the Remote? at the Powder Room in the Melbourne Town Hall (corner of Swanston & Collins Streets) from March 31 to April 15, Tuesdays to Sundays at 2 pm. Tickets are $15 each and can be booked through Ticketmaster or at the door.