Wil Anderson: Fire at Wil

In his latest show, Fire at Wil, Wil Anderson concentrates on politics, covering a variety of contemporary Australian issues. And he is clearly comfortable with this subject matter: he quickly settles into his comfort zone and presents his stand up with rapid-fire delivery and a contagious, frenetic energy.

Anderson covers various issues throughout the show, including the need for a new date for Australia day, the booing of Adam Goodes, his experiences at a Reclaim Australia rally, the need for equal marriage rights, America’s lack of gun control, and the hypocrisy of Australians being afraid of criminals coming here in boats. He highlights the ignorance often inherent in these issues, and is never at a loss for clever anecdotes to get his point across, bringing attention to them in a way that’s funny and easy to digest.

It's not all political, though, and Anderson keeps it light with jokes about football and beer-drinking, and with a story about a mishap in the Qantas lounge.

While there was nothing ground-breaking about his observations, he gives a really solid performance that is both clever and humorous. Wil Anderson is likeable because when he rounds on serious, important topics, like racism, homophobia and sexism, he still comes across as down to earth and genuine. And it is this groundedness that consistently comes through, whether he is checking his privilege, standing against inequality, or just doing an epic dog impression.

★★★★