Capsule review: Joke Explorer: Charlie Demers Live at the Waldorf Hotel

Amanda says:

To the guy in the audience of Charlie Demers’ Live at the Waldorf special who was laughing so hard he was sobbing: amen, brother. I cried the first time I saw him live, too. And the second and third.

Charlie Demers is one of the best-loved comedians in Vancouver, and this special makes the reasons for that very obvious.

Joke Explorer was an exceptionally good set, even by Demers’ usual standards. He’s even more animated and physical than normal, and his timing is razor sharp.

There aren’t a lot of surprises here – longtime Demers fans will have heard most of the jokes – but many of the older bits have been tweaked slightly, so they feel fresh. The politics and the silliness are well-blended, as usual, and topped off with a healthy sprinkle of self-deprecation. (Always a nice touch.)

As with Ivan Decker’s and Graham Clark’s Live at the Waldorf specials, this serves as an excellent introduction to Demers, and as a well-produced collectible for fans.

To buy Demers’, Decker’s or Clark’s specials for the low, low price of $5 each, click here. And while you’re at it, throw $3 Darcy Michael’s way for his special, One Skinny Bitch. He did do it first, after all. 

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