Victoria Fringe Festival 2017 – The Taxi Driver is Always Listening
Review by Tony Carter – Showbill.ca Staff Writer
August 29, 2017
The Taxi Driver is Always Listening is a multi-media stand-up routine that shows exactly how creative and observant comedian Sean Proudlove can be.
Born and raised in Victoria, BC, Proudlove has spent years working as a taxi driver right here in his home town. The stories that he tells in The Taxi Driver are from this period, a fact made pointedly clear by his frequent references to exactly which streets or intersections where he has picked up particularly drunk clients or belligerent old women who are willing to fight him over flavours of jam. These stories are punctuated by a powerpoint of video and audio clips, comic panels, doodles, a PSA, and a music video that Proudlove raps along to.
His delivery is machine gun-quick, allowing just enough time for the audience to laugh before following up with another line that’s at least as funny as what came before, and the multi-media element of the show means you can never be certain exactly what is going to come next.
There were one or two issues with the audio mixing where the music coming through the speakers was just loud enough to make it difficult to understand what Proudlove was saying. And while his rapping was funny and the wordplay was impressive, his flow was seriously lacking. Although this is a fact he pokes fun at, it doesn’t change that the song might be one verse too long. Despite this fairly minor criticism, in every other instance Proudlove knows exactly how long a joke needs to be for maximum effect.
While its title may sound ominous at first, this show is anything but. The Taxi Driver is Always Listening is a hilariously witty look at one of the least respected blue collar professions.
Created by Sean Proudlove
Victoria Fringe Festival
Venue 1 (Victoria Event Centre)
- Aug 30 @ 9:00pm
- Sept 1 @ 11:00pm
- Sept 3 @ 7:30pm