ARJ BARKER: MARIJUANALOGUES (MICF 2003)

As a parody of the “Vagina Monologues”, this show was not exactly as funny as I would have expected. Arj reused a lot of his solo material, and it was hard to tell whether the performers were indeed stoned or just acting.There were a lot of in-jokes in regards to pot, and by looking at the audience there that night, a lot of them didn’t know what they were talking about.

A lot of the punchlines fell flat as the performers trailed off mid-sentence, which may have proven effective as being seen as “stoners” but having the audience lean forward to hear what they are saying, seemed to cause more confused looks, then laughter. I had heard a great deal about this show prior to seeing it, so perhaps my expectations were too high.

Although for most comedy performances, you do try to want to understand what is going on. Where if it wasn’t for the fact that I have a lot of stoner friends, I myself would have no idea.

 

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