His comedy is far from vanilla as he breaks away from conventional comedy, granting us a glimpse into his weird and wonderful mind. Though I’ve seen him perform many times I love hearing my old favourite jokes intertwined with the new and I’m still laughing as hard as I did the first time. That’s the sign of a comedy craftsman, someone who can tell jokes that rings both true and hilarious at the same time. His clever wordplay is a running theme throughout that not only entertains but educates, alongside a stream of astute observations of the world around him and questioning that world in ways that lead to hilarious results.
The multitude of reasons for not having children lead us down some strange paths. From overpopulation to Fair Ground Carnies (and his favourite joke of the show - possibly mine as well but it’s so hard to choose) to sex education and a scooter riding Mum (or is she?). The show is wonderfully written with a clear focus on kids really being the worst.Those with kids already are laughing uproariously in recognition and those without find ourselves being totally in agreement with him.
Daniel is a solid and strong comic who delivers jokes that side swipe from nowhere, surprising the laughs out of you and they just keep coming. A persuasive, clever argument and very, very funny show that both the childless and the cursed with children need to see and laugh at.
Daniel John Smith's show "Children and other Mistakes" is on at Cavern Club Tues 26th to Saturday 30th at 7pm.
Tickets available at: http://www.comedyfestival.co.nz/find-a-show/daniel-john-smith/?LocaleID=2