Brooks flowed with good humor

INOLA ON THE AISLE @ MITF: FALL
Jewel Box Theatre @ Workshop Theatre Company
312West 36th Street, 4nd Floor, New York, NY
On Friday, November 13, 2015

pBrooks “Phil Brooks, Fired Up!” with host Jessica Beess, Derrick King and Phil Brooks as the Headliner.

The audience gets a great welcome from Jessica, and she holds the fort down with her brand of comedy. She entertains the audience as a comic about her ethnicities, half German and half Polish, and her nationality, as an Australian. She capitalizes on what she knows to the audience. Just be yourself, girl!

Next, Derrick King gets a tremendous introduction from the host, and he begins his comedy. He tells the audience about his background and his experience in New York City. Later in his performance, he undressed in front of the audience. He speaks about topics that can be politically incorrect to people outside of a comedy setting; but the audience gives him the benefit of the doubt with his jokes.

Phil gives the audience its money worth with his opening joke about an-out-of-town trip he took with one of his cousins. He talks about his experience with Tinder. His explanation to the audience of his Tinder mishap adds a lure to his bravura as a comedian. Phil tells the audience that he hooked up with a girl on his second attempt on Tinder, and she wanted a picture of a certain body part. He lets the audience know that he didn’t comply with the picture request, but he used charm and wittiness to avoid sending a picture.

Phil’s move to New York City was not without its ups and downs. He entertains the audience about his first-job experience. His working as a door man at an elegant Roof Top bar, surely suffice and equip him with a wealth of comedic material. Phil tells the audience all about specific instances when he had to turn away certain patrons. The first on his turn-away list was a pregnant woman who wanted accommodation for pregnant and disable people. In his mind, she needed to be in the maternity ward. He mentions to the audience that he told her there were no seats, but he had to wait for the response from his boss man, Tom, who wanted to know if she was hot.

In his act, Phil informs the audience that a group of white guys showed up to be admitted to the Roof Top bar, but one of them had a child with him under three years old. He had to call his boss man, and he told him what was going on down stairs. The boss man wanted to know if they were all of a specific height. Phil says he responded to him by saying yes, but with the exception of the baby. The audience gets a good laugh as Phil gives his opinion about adoption, and he speaks about certain celebrities such as Angelina, Brad or Madonna who have adopted non-white children.

Phil brings home his reality to the audience without offending anyone. He delivers his comedy that reaches the audience with a sense of professionalism, yet it was a joyous experience. I will surely recommend theatre goers to his performance.

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