Armed with a PowerPoint presentation, Donohoe leads the audience on a whirlwind tour of American political culture from a who's who in American politics to an explanation of the Electoral College (impressively done in less than a minute) to the psychology undergirding America's obsession with guns. It's a fascinating, ethnographic undertaking that also happens to be very funny. Donohoe's attention to the many quirks of the American system, from its citizens to its leaders, is perceptive and good-humoured, a refreshing approach to a subject that tends to inspire cynicism. This is not to say that Donohoe is not critical; rather, beneath his critiques is a genuine concern for politics in America, undoubtedly a product of his shared Australian and American heritage. His strongest material, such as the discussion of guns in America, reflects this balance.
Whether you know a little or a lot about American politics, Donohoe's “Game Changer” delivers on laughs and insight.
This week's new sets include music from locals Gurrumul, Josh Pyke and West Thebarton Brothel Party plus new tunes from The Maccabees and Albert Hammond Jr.