Mark Trenwith's 'Disney Guy' could probably most aptly be described as curiously depressing. Opening with a pair of questions to the tiny audience – who's your favourite Disney character, and which Disney princess would you be – the unfortunate makeup of the room is 50% Disney fans, 50% partners who were dragged along to the show.
Trenwith at age eight was Disney-obsessed, with photographic evidence provided by a slideshow he clicks through as he narrates his life. There's also physical evidence; a hand-knitted Mickey Mouse doll (which was only mildly terrifying) and a 101 Dalmatians colouring book (leading up to a joke about how on earth one colours in a black and white book about dalmatians), among other things.
Throughout primary school Trenwith was maligned by the other children for his obsession, so during his first class at high school he decided to give up Disney, and make a new life for himself. He joined the footy team despite having no hand-eye coordination. He threw a party and invited all the cool kids, who assumed he had only asked them around to collect money for a Walkman. He tried to be a rebellious kid, but couldn't even bring himself to push a table over during a class prank. It was all disastrous, and as he recounted, didn't really get better for him until his high school years were over.
That ending seems depressing. Curiously depressing, even. Then, the highlight of the show, a slideshow of Trenwith as he aged, and realised that embracing his obsession was more important than acting like a 'cool kid' because it was socially acceptable. The 'be yourself!' vibes were a little hokey, but well appreciated, because everyone's been there… unless they were a cool kid, but they don't get to complain.
Trenwith's enthusiasm is a little like a used car salesman, he seems overwhelmingly exciteable about what is, at its heart, quite a sad and awkward story about a bullied kid. It's almost off-putting, but I think there's enough charm in what he says to make it okay. In the end, it's original content in an unoriginal show style – a PowerPoint presentation retelling of a child's growth from an adolescent hiding his true addiction to an adult embracing it. We are all the Disney Guy (or Girl), and we should be proud of that, perhaps once people stop beating us up about it.