Animal Review by Jo Cormier | We are beautiful

“Together we are beautiful, alone we are disgusting”, repeats Jo Cormier in animala wild, extravagant and often very funny ode to the collective power of our weaknesses, deviating for the best from the imposed figures of a first comedy show.

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Dominic Last

Dominic Last
The Press

Nothing better describes the small step aside that Jo Cormier has taken in relation to the tradition of we which is the beginning ofanimal, his first show he presented to the media on Tuesday night. Instead of laughing at the lucky people sitting in the front row, as his colleagues often do, the short-haired comedian chooses to compliment them on their clothes, an opportunity that allows him to move the animals that we all are. primp when they know they will find themselves in the presence of their fellow man.

“Human Museum”, indicated a huge poster enthroned at the entrance of the Olympia and pointed at the floor. Clear subtext: it is the human beast – a strange social animal – that the 33-year-old man will study in this 90-minute episode, which begins with the sound of a fantastic re-reading of the song animal interpreted by France D’Amour in an Iron Maiden way.

Our relationship with our pets, our smart phones, sports, toilets, sexuality; Jo Cormier explores each of these themes, each time using a similar approach consisting of first naming what people should be proud of, before highlighting the extent to which this person is perhaps was not superior to other creatures as he was to himself. believe.


Jo Cormier is a fierce critic of consumerism that inserts itself into all the interstices of everyday life.

The man loves to sell to the point of inventing marketing courses, as well as say courses that allow the learner to “cross his congeners”, he laments in one of several passages which borrows from a social humor that is more intense. That is, under his costume of “Passe-Partout in mud », Jo Cormier is a fierce critic of consumerism that inserts itself into all the interstices of everyday life. Also critical of stardom.

Tirades of an unmistakable mockery of Marc Dupré’s vodka and Peter MacLeod’s pizza provide animal some of his most daring lines, and the funniest, comedians rarely dare to criticize colleagues who become traders.

A big heart

“It’s normal to play in the holes”, Jo Cormier launched in an issue where he was surprised by the shame his biological functions generate in people. If the topic of fecal matter has been explored by many comedians, the beautiful animal manages to renew it by taking an interest in it in an almost scientific way, that is to say by popularizing the Bristol scale (i -google it).

Although he often expresses himself with the fervor of a guru, Jo Cormier still delivers a message of self-acceptance and love for his fellow man, perfectly suited to his hallucinating Jesus appearance. The pleasure of an orgasm, the joy of a hockey game with friends and the opportunity to dirty the drinking water are all, according to him, privileges that man wastes by not doing them, not realizing or abusing them.

A parenthesis on Guy Nantel’s race for the leadership of the Parti Québécois contradicts the tone of the whole, however, because it brings us back abruptly to a here and now, while the rest of the show is part of a kind of intuitive and no to anthropology. Another segment where Cormier imagines himself giving a consent course to men, despite his good intentions, seems unnecessarily daring, and borders more on anxiety than laughter.

In the midst of a comic scene where humor recruits in most cases use their first show to present themselves, animal therefore stands out by talking about what is intimate about the collective and by relying entirely not on anecdotes, but rather on wacky parallels and a remarkable talent for description of a character in a single inflection. Jo Cormier is particularly gifted so that each of his numbers bears the imprint of his humanity, even if he does not feel the need to highlight the emotion so much.

Excessive, wacky, imaginative; Jo Cormier embraces the inventiveness of absurdist humor, though often without the coolness of absurdist humor. This is not surprising If we end up herethe revival of Jean-Pierre Ferland by Hubert Lenoir, echoed at the end of the curtain, Jo Cormier is also undoubtedly of the opinion that we can achieve “by preaching through beauty”, a plea whose importance is not should be underestimated. subversive content.

All that was left was to beg him not to be obedient.

Jo Cormier's Pet

animal by Joe Cormier

On tour everywhere in Quebec


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