Carl Barron has Grafton in stitches with comedy for everyone
IF you've got front-row tickets to Carl Barron tonight, don't worry too much about being picked on.
Unless you're sitting in the corner.
South Grafton resident Brenda Cooper's sides were still hurting from laughter yesterday, after sitting through the Queensland-born comedian's first Grafton show at the Saraton on Saturday night.
Her husband was among the first few hundred to book tickets over the internet when the news broke that sales had opened two days early after a glitch in the system.
"We got on the internet within an hour and we were already back to the last third of the lower level," she said.
"They were still good seats. He only picked on three people in the front row, one in the middle and two people on either side.
"When (the audience members) said something, he would walk around thinking for about five seconds and come out with a response that was just perfect."
It wasn't just the improvised banter that got laughs - his Drinking With a Fork repertoire includes jokes about topics everyone can relate to: binge drinking, small town living and how horrible other people's kids can be.
"It was just magic," Mrs Cooper said.
"He has this way of appealing to the general masses; he's one of the crowd. He's the same as everybody else, which is what makes his jokes so funny."
Ms Cooper said she wanted to thank whoever instigated the campaign to bring Carl Barron's show to the Clarence Valley.
"It was a worthy cause for a whole lot of people," she said.
"I certainly needed a good giggle."
Saraton Theatre manager Michelle Gilbert said she was confident that with three sold-out shows, he would be back.
"It's a huge coup for us and he'll be back," she said.
"I think we'll be on his run from now on."
Ms Gilbert said there were a few empty seats at the first show, but only because people bought too many tickets or didn't show.
"Everyone was well-behaved, which was good," she said.
"He was absolutely hysterical. He threw in some local jokes which were pretty funny and everyone came out of it loving him."