Rodrigo Marques: O Inimigo do Nivel 2022 Movie Review
The first 5 minutes in this special is filled with too many cuts and they made me confuse. I did not get what the people were laughing at, was it a cut content or was it something that this comedian just said? I did not understand what was the audience was laughing at, until he said he is a member of a somewhat famous comedy show. You know, imagine a show where one member is well known for being funny and all the rest of the cast there gets a funnier in a higher degree because they share the same show, even though they are not actually funny, that is the case here.
The special has 75, the first 9 are a boring and too long introduction of the show, he feints he is about to explain what is the meaning behind the name of the show and comes up with another story on how smart it was to pick that name – at least the audience found it funny, can’t tell, too many cuts – , so he keeps on telling stories that are not funny and I got to the 30 minutes mark without laughing at a single joke, and I finally gave up.
Marques starts talking about the Fernando de Noronha, a Brazillian archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, and then goes on talking about it till the end. Right off the bat, he declares that it’s always been his dream to discuss one single story throughout his entire stand-up.
And his dream gets fulfilled once he’s invited to perform his stand-up on the famous island. He is so enamoured by the whole idea that he goes on telling the audience how he cut his toe there and how “fancy” it was to have his toe cut in Noronha. He is so taken over by the idea that the first name for the show was actually “I’ve Been to Noronha and Cut My Toe”. However, since it wasn’t marketable enough, he changed it to King of Uncouth. This right here is the whole premise and the whole show.
His entry to the venue is marked by him carrying a bottle of beer while the audience roots for him. The first thing that Rodrigo Marques utters is how he was in disbelief that Netflix bought the idea of a show that has been titled King of Uncouth. And then, of course, he explains the meaning of the same with a joke about jerking off.
In the beginning, he engages in some conversation with the audience and asks them about their professions. Later, Marques proceeds to poke fun at them in a light-hearted manner through the means of his one-liners.
However, what ticks off the audience who don’t speak his language is that the jokes probably get lost in translation. You’re left wondering as to why the live audience is enjoying this so much and laughing it off like anything. The one positive takeaway is his storytelling tactic, which gets you hooked at some points, even if the story itself is of no interest to you. At times, it also seems like he’s almost rapping his lines, which again helps maintain the humour quotient.
Unlike other stand-up comedians, Rodrigo Marques sticks to just one story and covers it from every side possible, revealing every detail possible. Due to this, after a point you want him to talk about something else than Noronha, and even the appeal held by the island gets lost along the way.
Endless stand-ups discuss such topics vividly, providing the whole visual along with it. However, Marques’ comedy along this line didn’t hit home for me. I can’t say if it’s actually the language barrier that acts up or if it’s the jokes in general. Yes, the episode is titled King of Uncouth, but there is no sound rhythm as to what his next joke is going to be. The live audience seemed to enjoy it, but I can’t say that I did.
While asking his audience about their professions and lines of work at the beginning, Rodrigo Marques discovers that an underage child has also come to watch him perform. Obviously, it doesn’t stop him from unleashing his unfiltered line of jokes, and he even admits that the child might have a hard time studying dolphins from now on for obvious reasons. Admitting that he “might have overdid it”, only for him to carry on was done to prove a point, and somehow that, too, generates laughter among the audience.