As the title may suggest,
Dubus is clearly adept at weaving the lines of his narrative in a casual and comfortable way
The small stage and his direct manner of addressing the audience is subtly enticing, and there is a welcome feeling of being, well, welcome. The subject matter and tone suits that of a drink with a few friends, and one can imagine Dubus relating his tales originally in that setting. He has a definite knack for depicting those he meets on his travels in a quaint and affectionate light while never truly claiming to get to root of them. A chaotic music festival that leaves him high and wielding a lightsaber in the American desert is a particular highlight, though the majority of the stories are closer t those of the average backpacker.
Dubus ambles through the show with a knowing smile that is always friendly, nothing near patronising, and succeeds in portraying the more colourful moments of his life as funny-but-that’s-how-it-goes. The humour itself is unpretentious and unassuming, relying on comical events and characters rather than punchlines that run the danger of going flat. The jokes hit just the right point between aiming for laughs and creating a comfortable space where you are free to laugh if you wish. It’s a very easy viewing experience.
Dubus is clearly adept at weaving the lines of his narrative in a casual and comfortable way, although the lines themselves are never particularly innovative and could have been more playful or joke-focused than their current state. Certain points in the narrative attempt to rely on a heart-warming romance that can simply come across as lazy storytelling. Generally, though, the entire show is a consistently enjoyable experience that will leave you in a better mood than when you came in.