To describe Whitmer Thomas as a multi-talented star might be an understatement. Hailing from Alabama, this mid-thirties comic sensation is something of an enigma, one that draws us in with his mix of the oddly charming and the bizarrely humorous. Stand-up comic? Check. Musician? Check. Part-stoner, part-reference-dropping hipster? A resounding check!
He’s known for his playful mischief and sometimes disturbing confessions, but don’t let that fool you. Whitmer is much more than meets the eye. Beneath his scruffy-spiky blond hair lies a sharp mind that effortlessly interweaves quirky humour with an unexpected sense of profundity.
Big Baby – A Quirky Mixture of Stand-up, Music, and Absurd Humour
Following the success of his HBO special, The Golden One, Whitmer Thomas presents Big Baby, a show that further cements his reputation as an oddball comic. Imagine this: a man serenading you about a romantic encounter with a sand crab, all while tickling the ivories of a keyboard. Seems strange? Well, that’s Whitmer for you.
His unorthodox humour, combined with his mastery of musical storytelling, results in unpredictable lyrics that bounce off into the most surreal directions. No subject is off-limits. From shrimp-eating to a deep dive into Batman’s The Dark Knight, Big Baby is a hodgepodge of oddity, resonating with the inherent spontaneity that is Whitmer’s brand of comedy.
Fun Fact: The title “Big Baby” is not only a fun commentary on Whitmer’s self-proclaimed “beta male loser” persona but also a nod to the continuous thread of infantilism that runs through his comic narratives.
Unpacking the Influences: A Peek into Whitmer’s Life
Of course, Whitmer Thomas didn’t just become a comedy oddity overnight. The artist’s unique brand of humour finds its roots in the formative experiences of his life. From tales of his unconventional parents, such as his late mother, a singer and alcoholic who had a profound influence on him, to his humorous anecdotes about his father’s childlike fascination with Toy Story’s animation, Whitmer doesn’t shy away from sharing his personal life. It’s a raw, unfiltered look at the world through the lens of an unconventional artist.
An Analysis of Whitmer’s Unique Comedy Style
Whitmer’s style often echoes fellow comedians like Bo Burnham, the layered and often absurdist humour coupled with punchy songs that can stand as independent works of art. Yet, Whitmer distinguishes himself with his delightful irreverence and self-deprecating style. His performances are further heightened by the use of homemade on-screen videos and special effects that imbue a sense of madcap energy reminiscent of Australian comedian Sam Campbell and British audio-visual gagster Mat Ewins.
A Resounding Finale that Captures the Essence of Big Baby
Finally, the best is saved for last, as any great comedian would ensure. Without spoiling too much, the finale of Big Baby uses an app to transform Whitmer, leading to major league laughs in the room. It’s a memorable finale to a uniquely oddball show, reminding us once again why Whitmer Thomas is indeed something else.
Concluding Thoughts on Whitmer Thomas’s Soho Performance
Whitmer Thomas is a unique blend of outlandish humour and touching honesty, his oddball persona leaves a lasting impression. His Big Baby show in Soho Theatre is a testament to his talent. It’s a show that’s not afraid to play with boundaries and norms, providing a thoroughly entertaining experience for those who appreciate their humour with a generous side of the unconventional. It’s a show worth catching, especially if you’re up for a bit of a wild ride through the delightful absurdity of Whitmer’s world. A world where a sand crab can be a romantic interest and the Statue of Liberty could just as well be a man until you’re nearly twenty! Who wouldn’t want to be part of that?
So, to our fellow Londoners, we wholeheartedly recommend Whitmer Thomas. He is truly a stand-up, a musician, and various other things too. In the best possible way.