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Just A Small Town Boy—Jack Gow at Melbourne Fringe

BY Diana Wolfe | 21-Aug-2019
Just A Small Town Boy is a hilarious, yet bittersweet, coming-of-age story exploring the idiosyncrasies of growing up as an outsider in small-town country Australia. This is a show about masculinity, failure and Nelson Mandela. It’s about slam poetry, the Year 12 formal, and patriarchal power structures. It’s about teen love, internalized homophobia, and drunkenly kissing your best friend at a house party to the sound of Timbaland. Inspired by the likes of Hannah Gadsby, David Sedaris, and Daniel Kitson, it’s a show for anyone who has ever been rejected by society, questioned their sexuality, or felt that they needed to compromise their true self in order to fit in.
Venue: Fringe Hub at Trades Hall
Address: Fringe Hub at Trades Hall, Lygon Street, Carlton, Victoria, Australia
Date: Saturday 21 to Sunday 29 September 2019 (no show Mon 23 Sept)
Time: 6:30pm daily, 5:30pm Sun
Ticket: Adult: $24 / Concession: $20
Buy / Ticket: https://melbournefringe.com.au/event/just-a-small-town-boy
Web: https://melbournefringe.com.au/event/just-a-small-town-boy
: https://omny.fm/shows/story-club/3-6-jack-gow-a-geriatric-al-capone
: https://www.facebook.com/jackgowcomedian/
Just A Small Town Boy - Jack Gow at Melbourne Fringe
Jack Gow, Just A Small Town Boy by Monika Pronk Photography
Award-winning talent Jack Gow dismantles masculinity, failure, & Nelson Mandela at Melbourne Fringe

Sydney-based comedian Jack Gow will showcase his unique coming-of-age story over eight nights at the Melbourne Fringe Festival this year, from Saturday 21 to Sunday 29 September.

Jack, described as “a growing force in Australian comedy” (Broadsheet), enjoyed a sold-out debut season last year at the MFF and earned high praise from reviewers and audiences alike. The talented wordsmith’s “wry, gentle storytelling” (Sydney Morning Herald) is characterised by hilarious personal anecdotes imbued with dark pathos.

Exploring the idiosyncrasies of growing up as an outsider in small-town country Australia, Jack’s show touches on identity politics, notions of traditional masculinity and the extreme lengths individuals go to try to belong.

His style has been described as “an anxious, apologetic eloquence that takes the everyday and makes it quietly marvellous” (★★★★ The Music), and he has been lauded as “one of the finest emerging comedians in the country” (Sydney Comedy Festival).

A multiple The Moth StorySLAM winner and two-time The Moth Sydney GrandSLAM runner-up, Jack writes regular comedic pieces for ABC News Digital and his stories have appeared on Radio National, the Story Club podcast, and he is a former contributing writer and performer on The Checkout (ABC TV).