For the first time in Cincinnati, we were fortunate to be entertained by none other than Alexander, the comic. He has been popular in the Standup comedy scene in Chennai and has been performing all over the world for the past few years. Namma Cincinnati was the last stop of his North American tour of Alex in Wonderland. After a refreshing cup of filter coffee and few bites of Medhu and masala vadai from Amma’s kitchen, we settled down in our seats.
Most of us may have watched teasers of his shows on youtube and probably expected some chuckles, and maybe a few LOLs. But his live performance was simply out of the ordinary. Alex engaged the audience right off the bat and he kept them engrossed for the whole 2 hours. His hysterical comedy interspersed with impromptu witty banter with the audience, left them gasping for breath amidst the laughter.
But what made him stand out is his brilliant repertoire of music from Tamil cinema. His take on the subject was hilarious, particularly the one on Ilayaraaja’s chorus singers. Then he sets off to offer the perfect tribute to the musical geniuses of the industry, be it the forever MSV or the majestic Seergaazhi, the versatile SPB or the divine Jesudas. He chose the humble harmonium and cajon to accompany his magnificent voice. And he rendered impeccably with the ease only an amazing talent can achieve.
We trust the audience echoed these thoughts. The laughter, cheers, whistles and the standing ovation, proved it all. It was a fun, relaxing evening but a thoughtful one too. His perspective on religion and life were doused in optimism that lingers long after the show. We can’t wait to see him perform again and hopefully in the Queen City.
அலெக்ஸ் இன் ஒண்டர்லாண்ட், சுவையான நகையும், இனிமையான இசையும் கொண்ட ஒரு அருமையான நிகழ்ச்சி .தொலைக்காட்சி பெட்டிக்குள்ளேயே பொழுதுபோக்கை தேடாமல், இது போன்ற நேரடி நிகழ்ச்சிகள் காண்பது வரவேற்கத்தக்கது. சிரிக்கவும் சிந்திக்கவும் வைத்த அலெக்ஸ்க்கு நன்றி!