Review – Geoff Jenke
Tim Ferguson is a very funny, insightful man. His Fringe show is simply the story of his life, the highs of a TV star and the lows of discovering he had Multiple Sclerosis. Did I say lows? The way Tim tells the story about his M.S. will have you rolling with laughter in the aisle. “I don’t suffer MS. It suffers me”.
He starts the story as a child living in Singapore, wanting to fly (and discovering gravity). There are tales about father was a journalist during the Vietnam war, who, upon returning to Australia founded the ABC television show This Day Tonight.
Ferguson moves on with his story, with the aid of video snippets, to the meeting of Paul McDermott, the formation of the Doug Anthony Allstars, Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush TV show, his work with Channel 9 and the discovery of having M.S. Along the way no one is safe from his humour. Donald Trump, Ellen, Kanye, naturopaths, bald guys, and many more all come in for a “flogging”. Let’s not forget Millennials, who according to Tim are “just stupid” and then proceeds to give them lessons in life while reading some bad poetry from his own teenage years.
Tim also tries to convince us all that anyone can become a comedian, giving the audience an assignment to come up with something funny. I think I failed the test.
A Fast Life on Wheels is a wonderfully warm and humorous insight into the life of Tim Ferguson. Definitely the best Fringe show I have seen this year and maybe the best Fringe show I have ever seen. It is that good.
Don’t miss it (especially if you’re a Millennial).
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