One of Australia’s brightest young comedians, Joel Creasy is wickedly witty, while at the same time having an innate presence that makes him impossible not to like. On the tightrope walk of acid tongued comedy, Creasy has the rare and commendable skill of getting away with an acerbic quip, without falling into bitchy territory.
Having only hit the Melbourne International Comedy Festival stages four years ago at the tender age of nineteen, Creasy has worked hard ever since to cement a place for himself as a high profile figure on the Australian comedy circuit, without being pigeonholed as a gay niche performer. Perhaps this is thanks to doing it tough on the Comedy Festival Roadshow, playing RSL clubs and regional centres with seasoned performers such as Fiona O’Loughlin.
In fact, Creasy’s experiences on the road with O’Loughlin – his comedy Rock God (or Goddess) – form a big part of this show. Hilarious tales of gigs in the Queensland backwater of Proserpine and sharing a non-smoking hotel room with smoker O’Loughlin, are a highlight of this show. Creasy also elevates other unexpected women up as personal heroes, such as Kim Clijsters, Meryl Streep and Hillary Clinton, to great comedic effect.
While Creasy is bigger than just being a ‘gay comedian,’ he does have a big gay following and his style appeals well to queer sensibilities. Having earned the right to strut the stage with confidence he is however often guilty of the humble brag. It’s only his innate charisma that prevents this behaviour from coming across as unlikable, but he needs to be careful with this if he wants to continue to grow his appeal with the general public.
There has been a great amount of polish done to Rock God. This seamless production ties together its anecdotes beautifully ensuring that each tale serves a purpose to the whole and Creasy never allows the truth to get in the way of a good story. The only problem with all this script refinement is that the incredibly personal stories end up coming off more as fiction than well-spun fact. If it were possible for Creasy to hold on to his charming style and nicely honed story structure, while retaining believability, this show would be perfect.
As it is though, Rock God is still certainly a charming, funny and very satisfying show.