Aidan is upfront about where the show will go both in the story and it’s emotional trajectory as he warns the audience there will be highs and lows along the journey. ‘The Abersham Flat’ is a personal tale for Aidan, covering his travels overseas and interactions with a conman as well as his relationships with his family. Aidan is confident and conversational in his approach, which suits the show and is effective in welcoming the audience in. He delivered a well rehearsed and polished set but not to the point it felt stale or overdone.
It’s a pet peeve to hear another audience member leaving at the end of the show to say ‘it could have been funnier’. Of course it could have, but that wasn’t the point. Aidan tells a story in an affable, no fuss and relatable fashion, which brings laughs throughout. While he loses the audience in parts of the show, largely due to the decisions he has made in his life, he does not ask the audience to agree with them. Aidan is aware of the morally murky waters he has tread, and has taken these less than fortunate events and used them to form a well-orchestrated show.
There are many laughs to be had along the journey within ‘The Abersham Flat’. They are not gut busting but they are consistent and form a part of the larger, story experience. Aidan’s confident and engaging style is noteworthy, and make a narrative-based show such as this one, all the more enjoyable.
Check out Aidan Jones’ Melbourne International Comedy Festival show ‘The Absersham Flat’ from 3 to 7 April. For more information and to book tickets, click here.
You can also check out Aidan’s work on his website and his podcast ‘Sitting Under a Tree’. Click the links for more.