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Marcel Blanch-De Wilt: The Best Man

Inspired by his best man’s speech, local comedian and The Producer’s very own best man, Marcel Blanch-De Wilt, examines playground torture, nerdy friendships and absent fathers in an hour of charming comedy. While it might seem like covered ground – the awkward, bullied white dude comes good – Blanch-De Wilt’s style is endearing, and he balances the familiar with the personal in a way that avoids cliché. Using the fodder of his childhood anguish, Blanch-De Wilt reveals himself not only as a talented and engaging comedian, but also a compelling storyteller.

Anecdotes about how he came known as the guy with DSL – Dick Sucking Lips – to the commanding force of his window-smashing mother, portrait his life so that the show remains engrossing as well as funny in its own right. He’s a tall dude and yes, he does have rather mesmerising plush lips (one might call them dick-sucking, I suppose), and his comfortable body language creates a close and amiable atmosphere. The style is an important complement to his subject matter, as just as he has you rocking with laughter, he brings out just a hint of pathos. It is, after all, a story centred around growing up with an absent dad, and so while there are laughs a plenty, he can also really hit home.

Ultimately, Blanch-De Wilt’s childhood tales are not only laugh-out-loud funny, but told with great authenticity and heart. A great many thumbs up!

★★★★

Lauren Butterworth

Lauren Butterworth

Lauren Butterworth is an emerging writer with fiction and essays in Wet Ink, Libertine, Indaily and forthcoming in Verity La. She podcasts at Deviant Women, and is co-director of The Hearth.

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