FRINGEWORLD 2017 – Neal Portenza Neal Portenza Neal Portenza Tracy (3.5 Stars)

Review by Kieran Eaton

Wow, this character is so unique it is beyond words. The show could be called, “beyond words” as the laughter comes more from the character’s personality than his material.

Neal Portenza is still intelligent because creator Joshua Ladgrove has a bright mind and with the use of the Portenza character arrogance can be displayed in a humorous way. This intense show, has an Andy Kaufman feel to it – sometimes it seems the humour comes more from shocking the audience. This one of a kind beret-wearer brings awkwardness to a whole new level, his rosy-cheeked showmanship highlighting his own awkwardness. This creates scenes where the punchlines can be obscure.

Neal Portenza Neal Portenza Neal Portenza Tracy is very ironic. Early on Portenza gives the crowd choices on what type of material they want but it is done in a mocking manner that treads the fine line of genius meta-humour and just creating a night of more social tension that he tries to climb out. This night it is the latter and I start feeling sorry for some of the audience members that they must deal with his forceful nature. Luckily, Portenza displays an excellent wit that always brings audience members back to his world. I have a strong feeling each show brings different outcomes to how he brings on his anti-humour material.

This show is not for everyone but if you like your comedy on the wild side you will love him. Open your heart and minds to the craziness of Portenza!


When: 20th January – 5th February 2017 | 7:40pm and 6:00pm

Where: Noodle Palace | Fringe Central | and MANPAC, Mandurah | PERTH

Tickets: $19 -$23

Info: Duration 55 minutes | Suitable 15+