Written and performed by Lewis Garnham
Reviewed by Justin Clarke
With a laid-back approach to comedy and calm demeanour, Lewis Garnham’s Too Much Time to Think is a concoction of thoughts derived from his time in lockdown. What this brings is an hour of friendly conversation with the comedian that jumps from why Batman is ridiculous, to why there should be storybooks for adults.
Settled in the loft of the Enmore Theatre – an upstairs room that has never felt more like a basement says Garnham – we were treated to a comedian that has clearly had too much time to think. The through line of Garnham’s routine stems from the fact that he rather enjoyed lockdown. Don’t you also sometimes wish that when you’re asked to go to Nick’s bucks, or are stuck in traffic that a two-week lockdown would be ideal? This is exactly what Garnham has found in this post-lockdown life.
With the metaphor that he lost some marbles throughout the lockdown, and discovered some others, Garnham treats us to exactly what those marbles are. These include a distaste for superhero movies and the pure arousal out of flashing warnings of speed cameras.
What is unique about Garnham’s stand-up routine, is that it feels as if you’re sitting down with a mate and having a yarn. The conversation may not be all that thrilling, but it will keep you engaged, and you’ll have a few chuckles and gather some jokes to take with you after it’s finished. Now whenever I decide to take on Big Pharma or Big Woolies and “brown-onion” some expensive fruit, I’ll imagine my car to be the Batmobile and know I’ve done my duty as the hero the world needs right now.
Lewis Garnham’s Too Much Time to Think is a reflection on that time in our lives where we all indeed had too much time for random thoughts and ideas to pop into our heads. Some thoughts are best left there, but the marbles that Garnham and us have all discovered may just be the key for having the best yarns the next time we’re left with nothing to say.
Lewis Garnham performed Too Much Time to Think at the Sydney Comedy Festival from April 29, 2022 to May 1, 2022 and will bring his show to the Brisbane Comedy Festival from May 3, 2022 to May 8, 2022. Tickets can be booked here.
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