2013 Melbourne Fringe—Simon Keck in Nob Happy Sock

Posted on 02 October 2013

Great art doesn’t always happen where you expect it to. The comic book distribution method has produced the fertile ground for exciting and original work such as Maus, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992. I agreed to become a literary judge in 2003 and was assigned the Young Adult division. I was disappointed at first, then discovered this too was where some of the most exciting new works were being created.

Simon Keck makes me feel very proud of the comedy field. Nob Happy Sock is an exceptional blend of honesty, beauty, and humour.

The show is the story of Simon Keck’s descent into suicidal depression. That may sound bleak, but ultimately the show is an uplifting one with a solid sprinkling of laughs throughout. The vivid portrayals of his roommates, the dramatic pacing, the sense of investment we slowly begin to feel for this likeable chap who wants to destroy himself, makes for riveting comic theatre.

Nob Happy Sock works because Keck gives his experience perspective and insight. I’ve been to shows where a comedian seems on the edge of some personal revelation and completely misses the mark…and not even in a comic manner. Keck on the other hand lands on his feet and has something important to say, something life-affirming. The audience left with smiles on their faces.

After his performance Keck chatted a little with people. He mentioned that someone said perhaps he should become a counsellor. I would say, the world has loads of counsellors, it doesn’t have as many people who can so exquisitely express their experience and thereby create understanding. Keep at it Simon Keck, the world needs you as a comedian.

Melbourne Fringe website: Nob Happy Sock

Peace and kindness,


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