It jumps from topic to topic, from trash talking two-year-olds to the pros and cons of lesbian relationships...
by Valerie Cardinal
DeAnne Smith had me charmed when she climbed onstage at Underworld with an old-fashioned alarm clock around her neck, and completely won me over when she pulled out a ukulele. I love my comedy neurotic, energetic and slightly self-deprecating, and Smith’s About Freakin’ Time delivered just that. She finds just the right balance between a comedian’s ego and insecurity, managing to relate to the audience all while twisting the familiar into something unexpected. Smith is already a pretty well-known local performer, having been listed as best comedian #3 on the Mirror’s Best of Montreal list this year, but I had never heard of her before. I left this show wondering how in the world I hadn’t.
The show’s halfway point was broken up by Six and a Half Minutes of Bonus Unscripted Hilarity...
About Freakin’ Time jumps from topic to topic, from trash talking two-year-olds to the pros and cons of lesbian relationships to how God is just like Elton John. Smith pads the show even more with a few ukulele interludes, which are all delightful and charming. The jokes come hard and fast, and often sweep up from an unexpected direction and give you a swift jab to the gut – in the best way possible, I mean. Smith is a very likable performer, and her energy makes the delivery even better. Some of the things she says could be offensive, but just come off as hilarious because she’s so darn adorable.
The show’s halfway point was broken up by Six and a Half Minutes of Bonus Unscripted Hilarity, where Smith runs free and riffs on the audience. Maybe my audience was a little shy, but it felt a little awkward, almost like Smith is reluctant to press her audience too much. Nonetheless, it was fun to watch and although she got some good digs in on the audience members, she was never unnecessarily mean.
On her fourth show, Smith is going strong, delivering punch lines and observations that had me roaring with laughter.
Approx. run time: 60 minutes