- 01 Sep 18
Chris Kent brings laughter to Electric Picnic
Just back from the Edinburgh Fringe festival, Chris Kent stars in the Comedy Tent on Day 2 of Electric Picnic.
Having recently moved to the UK to start a family, Kent is open about his feelings that he betrayed his Irish upbringing. He opens the show by recounting his struggles off ordering breakfast with his Cork accent. The story receives a rapturous laugh, immediately recognising that despite his mounting success as a comedian, Kent is still a country boy at heart.
From an American comparing Knocknaheeny to the Bronx to Kent to jokes about his childhood, Kent is highly amusing and consistently deprecating.
Another highlight of the set included his mockery of motivational videos. He mimics the faux inspirational message of the men from such videos who often the viewer to choose between sleep and success. "Sleep is very important", Kent yells.
Kent engages with the crowd well, chatting with an audience member about his drink choice, before bringing the joke back on himself, telling the story of when he was forced to quit drinking. Let's just say it involves a small fire in a boot of the car.
His announcement that he is a new dad is met with a rapturous applause. However he soon kills the mood explaining how can't do anything fun with his kids. He mentions his particular disdain for constantly having to sing "When You're Happy and You Know It'.
No clapping of hands for Kent. Yet, a lot of happy clapping from the crowd.