Victoria Fringe Festival 2017 – Larry Horpath: 12% Jokes
Review by Kelly J Clark – Showbill.ca Managing Editor
August 31, 2017
At Showbill Canada we follow a policy of fairness in our reviews. Whether or not we like a show, we do our best to present our opinions with an even mix of honesty and empathy. We understand that artists deserve compassion and kindness for all their hard work and soul bearing. Almost every one of our writers is an artist in one form or another. It is with that policy in mind that we review Larry Horpath: 12% Jokes.
Larry Horpath: 12% Jokes is a joke. Larry says that the show is called 12% Jokes because that’s the percentage of the audience he feels will enjoy it. It’s good to know that he’s an optimist.
His jokes are crass, crude, and wholly contemptible. Between the mocking of the HIV positive and wheelchair bound, and delivering a level of hateful blasphemy that would make the most devout atheist blush in shame, the audience clocks out pretty early on. There’s an undercurrent of malice, racism, and sexism in both his jokes and his between-joke banter, and he spends more time than is comfortable referring to audience members by their genders or ethnicities in reductive, patronizing ways not suited for any stage in 2017, let alone one in Victoria, BC. The jokes themselves feel like he wants to be Mitch Hedberg, but his delivery is sluggish rather than lazy, passé rather than introspective. Other reviews have called Larry Horpath’s jokes “awkward, strange, and fun.” Well, two out of three ain’t bad.
The show is called 12% Jokes, but it should have been called 12% Effort. Don’t waste your time. This is the worst show of the Victoria Fringe.
Created by Larry Horpath
Victoria Fringe Festival
Venue 3 (Metro Studio Theatre)
- Sept 1 @ 6:30pm
- Sept 2 @ 2:00pm
- Sept 3 @ 8:30pm