The month of May in Meanjin brings not just a cool change in weather but also the annual Brisbane Comedy Festival. This year, much to the glee of fans, Nat's What I Reckon has returned to the Powerhouse with his newest offering – Hotdogs Probably Aren't Real.

Described as an "hour long meltdown", Nat's take on life, living and the information you find on the internet was as ridiculous as it was relatable. A packed house, from 'every angle of the diversity buffet', were in non-stop laugh mode with a roller-coaster of funny anecdotes; observations; the silly nature of current internet platforms and the comments section (even a nod to the infamous Camry tissue box conspiracy that long-term fans first fell in love with). 

Nat's What I Reckon effortlessly amuses the audience, even with all the ADHD tangents many of us empathise with or admire. The anxious nature of his comedic tropes are prominent: he is a big advocate for bringing out the mental health issues many face, with a light-hearted spirit, giving the audience a chance to have a giggle at something that was traditionally a little taboo. 

It feels nice to be living in a time where you can recognise struggles and really take on the approach of "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em", by laughing at the satirical side of serious problems. 

The crowd was in stitches from start to finish and instead of the usual heckling, you heard encouragement coming from stage and audience alike. 

Shooting to fame after his swear filled, spin and whistle cooking clips were made household standards from the couches of millions during global lockdown, the world not only knows how to cook a little better but has also learned that with just a few silly little snippets and a good opening hook, even a regular metal-head can become a mental health magnate and apparently, part of the "gourmet woke".

Watching this charismatically chaotic legend crack jokes with visual aid by his behind-the-scenes champion in cackle-based clips, Jules, it was the easiest hour I've spent laughing in a long time. 

But don't take my word for it, Nats (just) What I Reckon...

Event details

More Talent & New World Artists present
Hot Dogs Probably Aren't Real
Nat's What I Reckon

Venue: Brisbane Powerhouse | 119 Lamington St, New Farm QLD
Dates: 17 – 18 May 2024
Tickets: $39.90
Bookings: www.brisbanecomedyfestival.com

Part of the 2024 Brisbane Comedy Festival

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