Comedy

AN EVENING WITH GROUCHO @ SUTHERLAND ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE

 

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I had the absolute pleasure of seeing Groucho Marx on stage. Award-winning actor Frank Ferrante plays Groucho, and reprises his acclaimed portrayal of the comic genius.

Ferrante, accompanied by his onstage pianist, shares vivid anecdotes and dances his way through each of Groucho’s hilarious songs, that included “Hooray For Captain Spalding,”,  “Lydia, the Tattooed Lady” and “Doctor Hackenbush”.

Everyone sitting in the front row became part of this excellent show, with Ferrante delivering in the grandest Groucho style.

In this tribute show, Ferrante easily re-acquaints us with the likes of his four brothers Harpo, Chico, Zeppo and Gummo, Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields, MGM’s Louis B. Mayer. We learn all about Groucho Marx’s straight-woman who was his constant foil, the aristocratic Margaret Dumont.

You will have a wonderful night of laughter, but be prepared to laugh and laugh again. Family friendly comedy, learn about Groucho and his brothers, their Live Theatre Shows and from 1929 their epic comedy movies with five movies from Paramount and then five from Metro Goldwyn Mayer, and then ROOM SERVICE (1938) an RKO Radio Picture.

Later Groucho had his own show, first heard on radio and then moved to television from 1950-1961, his famous quiz show called “You Bet Your Life” which had the racier moments (suggestive innuendo) edited out before broadcast. However there is no mention made about the three latter movies, that Groucho made for Republic Pictures, Artists Alliance, United Artists (1946, 1947, 1949).

“I’ve had a wonderful evening . . . but this wasn’t it!” – Groucho Marx

Yes it was a night of truly wonderful entertainment, that will be long remembered. Recommended.

Sutherland Entertainment Centre, 30 Eton Street, Sutherland

AN EVENING WITH GROUCHO played for one night only on Friday November  11.

Duration under two hours, including one interval.

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7 DOUBLES TO JACKIE LOEB AND GRETEL KILLEEN @ THE COMEDY STORE

Gretel Killeen and Jackie Loeb say to you :-

“Young people should be seen and not heard until they’re at least forty.

We don’t like young people, in particular we don’t like good looking, confident young people who are in love.

So, we’re starting a revolution! We’ve had enough of their clear-skinned selfie smiles and deluded optimism.

It’s time to set the record straight with our inspiring tales of the futility of life, the agony of love and the joys of being broke, old and sexless. Yay!.”

Join bitterly hilarious life warriors, Jackie Loeb and Gretel Killeen for a night that you will never forget… but they very well might.

“Must See!”  – LA Weekly

“Non Stop Funny” – The LA Examiner

“The Highlight…” – The Sydney Morning Herald

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STEVE LYNCH’S ‘US OF EH’ @ THE FACTORY THEATRE MARRICKVILLE

 

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Sydney Theatresports legend and Cranston Cup champion Steve Lynch.

It’s hard get it wrong when you are having a go at the Yanks. But a whole one man show of it? That’s what I thought I was walking into last night at Steve Lynch’s US OF EH? at the Fusebox as part of this year’s Fringe Festival. I really have to read the publicity closer.

What I got was a masterclass in how respectful curiosity, a commitment to saying ‘yes’ and joy in the meeting of other humans can take you to places you think you might know … until you get there. Armed with a hand drawn map on flip chart and waving his Green Card, Lynch has created an hilarious show regaling the audience with his travels and travails around those United States.

And he says he’s not making it up … not even exaggerating. And I believe him. On stage he is a gracious host. Comically charming and wry, understated in his observations, he tells it how it happened to him and lets you fill in the rest. He really is a funny guy and when he begins a thought, he sometimes stops himself. With that expressive face as punctuation, the audience fills in the gaps and the slow burn of realisation becomes an explosion of laughter as he heads you in the right direction. Continue reading STEVE LYNCH’S ‘US OF EH’ @ THE FACTORY THEATRE MARRICKVILLE

SYDNEY FRINGE COMEDY : SPOKEY BLOKEYS @ FACTORY THEATRE MARRICKVILLE

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SPOKEY BLOKEYS is a live comedy show featuring Rodney Todd and Shane Matheson as they converse while cycling – on stage!

The show is based on the podcast of the same name, where the pair ride around a different suburb every episode, talking about any kind of bizarre and mundane topics and giving some background on the suburb in a virtual tour. The podcast has steadily built up an audience and has reached the itunes top 50 podcasts.

After a successful run at The Melbourne Comedy Festival, they are bringing the show back to Sydney. It’s an hour (almost) of largely improvised fun, featuring special guests, their own characters and the bickering listeners have come to love.

Listening to the podcast is definitely not necessary to enjoy the show. As featured on ABCTV’s “The Mix” and Double J, the podcast has a growing fanbase around the world, especially California for reasons unknown.

Come along for the ride of your life!

DATES
7/9/2016 and 9/9/2016  at the Factory Theatre Marrickville.

For more about Spokey Blokeys, visit http://www.spokeyblokeys.com
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TIME TO EXPLORE THE IRRATIONAL FEAR FACTOR @ THE GIANT DWARF REDFERN

For something very different, it could well be time to join  the live studio audience for the 1637th episode of IRRATIONAL FEAR FACTOR – the game show where your greatest fears become your reality (but you win money and kitchen appliances so it’s totally worth it).

In this episode, office assistant Paige Hally has been nominated to overcome her crippling social anxiety and fear of public speaking to compete for the grand prize in one of our craziest challenges yet – a solo comedy show.

We’ve already had two accidental deaths this season so come along and let’s see if we can make it a third!

DETAILS FOR THE DIARY:-

Saturday 27 August  between 7 pm and 8 pm at the Giant Dwarf theatre, 199 Cleveland Street, Redfern.

For more about Irrational Fear Factor, visit http://giantdwarf.com.au/events/paige-hally/
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THE COMEDY CIRCUIT COMES TO THE BAYVIEW HOTEL GLADESVILLE

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See three of the best comedians the last Wednesday of each month at The Bayview in Gladesville – Comedy Legend Peter Berner, Justin Hamilton and emcee Rebecca DeUnamuno.

Dinner is available from 6pm with the show starting at 8pm.

Sydney Arts Guide has 3 double passes to give away to tomorrow night’s show. Be one of the first to email- editor.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com.  Winners will be advised by return email.

 

 

AUSTRALIA VOTES 2016 : THE POLITICAL YEAR IN REVIEW @ HAROLD PARK HOTEL

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This is a short revue style performance on the first floor of the Harold Park Hotel ..just over an hour.

Nathan Lentern plays a very credible Kevin Rudd, capturing his unique blend of ockerism, condescension and cynicism. He also does that pain Pyne with his cadet corp /high school prefect manner.

Jonas Holt gives a long monologue at the end as Tony Abbott and again he comes to light as a vaguely reptilian political animal, struggling to coordinate the brain with the voice box, his tongue accommodating the interval between thought and word, as he struggles to find the right sentence.
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END TIMES VARIETY @ GIANT DWARF THEATRE REDFERN

End Times Variety is a new Sydney tonight show bringing together everything you ever wanted, plus less.

Interviews, performances, stories, play and really anything that’s fun from our favourite citizens. A space ripped open to share quality, uncensored and independent ideas. With one of the best MCs around, comedian Chris Endrey.

Humbly thrilled to announce guests:

BEC SHAW (writer brilliant)
BETTY GRUMBLE (sex clown genius)
ELLIOTT DUNN (RN’s Drive producer)
HANNAH REILLY (JJJ’s ‘The Hook Up’ host)
JAY SULLIVAN (dire comedian)
PENNY GREENHALGH (cheek comedian)
PAINTonPAINT (dream pop)

The theme for the first one is obviously ‘Beginning of the End’.

We’ve also asked TANYA PLIBERSEK to come on. She’s yet to say no, but is also probably busy doing something else at this time of the year. Yawn.

Eff yes. See youse there.

Doors at 7:00PM for a 7:30PM performance

DATES
26 May 2016, Doors at 7.30pm.

For more about End Times Variety, visit http://giantdwarf.com.au/events/end-times-variety/
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MARTY BRIGHT – ALL THE SMALL THINGS

One of the advantages of the gig for occasional critic for SAG is to uncover parts of the Sydney Arts Scene one was previously only dimly aware of. Such as the theatre precinct of Enmore Rd in Newtown. Complimenting this are a stack of niche fooderies, such as a Turkish ice cream parlour and a wine bar specialising in cheeses. So going to the Enmore Theatre last night was a lively evening.

We saw Marty Bright there. There are a number of venues in the theatre and this was a small intimate one. There was a warm up act preceding Marty, Kyle Legacy from Manchester in England. Kyle looks like a white Jimi Hendrix. Kyle connected easily with the mainly young audience and there were lots of giggles and hoots for the ten minutes or so as he prepared us for the main event.

Marty Bright is an Australian comedian who has toured the US and Canada as well as starring in Comedy Festivals in Melbourne and Adelaide. Marty Bright is not his real name …it’s a play on it . He is quite handsome. You know those paintings of a bearded hippy Jesus. Think Marty Bright. Marty is one of those comedians that goes through life genuinely interested in the people he meets. Telling us about them, stirring the audience, there were plenty of laughs in this hour long show. And, I almost forgot to mention, Marty’s imitation of Elvis Presley is pretty good too.

Marty Bright is performing his comedy show again tonight – Wednesday – and Thursday night.

http://www.sydneycomedyfest.com.au/single-event?show_id=1171

 

MATTY B FLANNO WORRIES @ THE FACTORY THEATRE MARRICKVILLE

 

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THIS IS NOT JUST A COMEDY SHOW, expect to enjoy laugh applaud, this amazing alternative art stand-up comedy narrative expertly performed by comedian Matty B, with very coarse language storytelling filled with humour, that is both narrated and sung, including perfectly-matched bogan live music.

Meet Neville Peters who is a struggling man, down on his luck, ready to say goodbye to life, until his assigned Bogan Angel saves him and immediately sends him forth on a ludicrous and absurd journey from riches to rags.

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iAmSeizure.com presents SEIZURE KAISER in Trigger (word) Happy

 

This is the funniest comedy show this year at the Sydney Comedy Festival, and every night SEIZURE KAISER delivers fresh comedy material that is uncensored and almost one hundred percent funny, with a ton of killer gags that keep on coming. The whole audience was fabulous on the night of the show and was laughing continuously, easily adding to the mood and allowed the show to go into previously unexplored territory. You are vividly taken on his comedy journey to ultimately discover that SEIZURE KAISER “with humour, removes all the power of trigger words”.

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THE BEST BROTHERS @ OLD 505 NEWTOWN

 

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Somewhere in our bent-over-laughing pavement debrief my hysterical friend and I decided that siblings really are divided into Kyles and Hamiltons. She being the youngest of 4 girls is a Kyle and my dopey brother is a Kyle. I am definitely more of a Hamilton.

We had, you see, just enjoyed THE BEST BROTHERS at Old 505 theatre and we were lurching along the street histrionically laughing out loud. It’s OK , it’s Newtown, none cares. Luckily. Because it may happen to you too. This is a cracker of a production and destined to sell out so get your tickets ASAP because the show is as dry, warm and loving as a pooch by the fire yet oddly hilarious and witty. Continue reading THE BEST BROTHERS @ OLD 505 NEWTOWN

Kill Your Television @ The Old 505 Theatre Newtown

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So. It’s easy. Anyone can do it.

Give me a name … any name. Dean Haglund!

Odd name but there we go.

Now give me a place… any place. Old 505 Theatre, Newtown!

Oddly familiar but moving on.

Give me a job … any job. Actor!

The most weird choice so far but I’ll go with it.

Improvising is easy. Watch this! I’m going to use your three ideas and improvise a story.

Once upon a time there was an actor who got sick of starring in television shows like THE X FILES and THE LONE GUNMAN and BONES and who decided to use all his skills in a one person improvised TV-murdering extravaganza at Old 505 Theatre. Continue reading Kill Your Television @ The Old 505 Theatre Newtown

THE VERY WORST OF THE TIGER LILLIES @ THE FAMOUS SPIEGELTENT

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The Tiger Lillies, billed as the Godfathers Of Punk Cabaret. Production photography by Jamie Williams.

Kurt and Bert proteges, The Tiger Lillies are the heirs apparent Weil boys of acerbic cabaret.

Bowler hatted bulldog panda front man Martyn Jacques sings, plays accordion, home hewed ukulele and keyboards, occasionally flummoxing us with gorgeous falsetto.

Adrian Stout, louche and limber, caresses and coaxes the double bass, guitar, saw and theremin, and percussionist extraordinaire, Jonas Golland, brush beats skin and cymbal, crown prince of the deadpan syncopate.

Like as if the original Split Enz had matured and morphed into a hat trick trio of marvellously mordant cabaret, The Tiger Lillies, serenade with the sardonic; trenchant tunesmiths who bash out ballads of the black and the blues, unafraid of offence. Continue reading THE VERY WORST OF THE TIGER LILLIES @ THE FAMOUS SPIEGELTENT

THE INVISIBLE DOT CABARET @ THE FAMOUS SPIEGELTENT

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All production photography by Prudence Upton

Dot-majorWe all know that comedy is about timing. And… that outdoor venues are about the weather. It’s been a soggy, enervating week in Sydney . What a delight then for the stars to align on a calm Friday night after a sunny day as we wait in Hyde Park for the late show, THE INVISIBLE DOT CABARET.

It’s nice here. Calm, dry weather and The Sydney Festival has created a lovely village green as the waiting space. It’s big; there are deck chairs, great food and good wine, and a terrific band or a library if you prefer. So nice to have a calm, relaxed catch-up before we wander off to the Famous Spiegeltent . Actually I could use a nap now… it’s late and it really has been a long week. With impeccable timing, just as I’m thinking this, UK comedian and host Josie Long hits the stage.

INVISIBLE DOT CABARET  has a reputation for putting cutting edge comics together in a mix and match show. Tonight’s bill is no exception as introduced by Long who has a conversational, anecdotal style as she explains the bandage on her knee and her response to our city when the rain lifted. “The most beautiful city is the world” is appreciated by the audience who warm quickly to the host who cleverly explains that last night’s audience were stiff fish and we by contrast, are just wonderful. Continue reading THE INVISIBLE DOT CABARET @ THE FAMOUS SPIEGELTENT

CIRCUS OZ’S NEW SHOW ‘BUT WAIT…THERE’S MORE’ COMING SOON

Performer Olivia Porter. pic Scott Hone
Performer Olivia Porter. pic Scott Hone
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Kyle Rafferty, Spenser Isherwood and Ben Lewis. Pic Scott Hone

Australia’s legendary, one and only rock and roll and animal free circus Circus Oz will be landing in Sydney soon.

Credited with revitalising a traditional artform in a uniquely Australian way, Circus Oz has influenced the development of circus arts around the world since its foundation in 1978. Circus Oz undertook its first and critically praised international tour in 1980 and has continued touring to over 100 cities and regions in 27 countries – in all playing to over 3.7 million people.

Their new show BUT WAIT…THERE’S MORE is the first to have been created in their new custom circus home in Melbourne. The show will feature 12 fabulous performers- graceful men, strong women, incredibly intricate and innovative jugglers, lyrical and virtuosic unicyclers, hilarious flying trapeze artists, booty-shaking hip-hoppers, highly-musical-acrobats and highly-acrobatic-musicians.

Performed under the Big Top within a spectacular large-scale set inspired by an abandoned theatre in tatters, But Wait…There’s More promises to be punchy, exciting and a funny vaudeville-inspired show for humans of all ages.

The show will be presented at breakneck speed through cheeky impersonations, ridiculous knockabout and multi-skilled human physical exuberance. There will be a breath-taking amalgamation of tricks and ideas, including a satirical look at today’s culture of infobesity and consumer overload based around society’s focus on stuff.

BUT WAIT…THERE’S MORE will be playing at the Showring at the Entertainment Quarter from the 30th December till the 24th January. Running time 2 hours including a 20 minute interval. For performance times check the website. Bookings ticketmaster.com.au or 136100.

Web circusoz.com

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Twitter @circusoz

Instagram @circusoz

Featured pic – The Circus Oz Ensemble. Pic Rob Blackburn.

BUT WAIT…BEFORE YOU LEAVE THIS PAGE! CIRCUS OZ IS KINDLY OFFERING TWO LUCKY READERS A COMPLIMENTARY A- RESERVE DOUBLE PASS TO THE 7.30PM SHOW ON SATURDAY 2ND JANUARY 2016.  BE ONE OF THE FIRST TO EMAIL THE EDITOR-EDITOR.SYDNEYARTSGUIDE@GMAIL.COM AND DESCRIBE WHAT YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT CIRCUS OZ. WINNERS WILL BE ADVISED BY RETURN EMAIL- THIS OFFER HAS NOW CLOSED.

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Jetpack Spontaneous Theatre Festival @ Old 505 Theatre

The Jetpack Theatre Collective is marking the end of another year of great improvised comedy with its  own spontaneous theatre Festival.

Each night during the short season the Company will present a return of its popular On The Spot Musical show as well as a special guest/celebrity show.

On the Spot Musical was a hit last year at the Hayes Theatre. Bryce Halliday, Jim Fishwick and their cast of improvisers come together to present the next great Australian musical.   Continue reading Jetpack Spontaneous Theatre Festival @ Old 505 Theatre

The Theatresports Cranston Cup @ Enmore Theatre

The group Ridgey Didge. Production photography by Stephen Reinhardt
The group Ridgey Didge. Production photography by Stephen Reinhardt
The whole Company that made it such a special night.
The whole Company that made it such a special night.

No laughing. This is serious. 9 months of heats are over. It’s the finals. The teams have done their warmups. The rules have been reviewed. There is a quiet expectative hush in the sheds. Who will take home the coveted Cranston Cup for 2015?

Waaaait. The Cranston Cup? Theatresports Finals? Start laughing … none of this is serious! It’s Theatresports finals and 1500 people crammed into the Enmore are about to have an hilarious evening of advanced silliness. Continue reading The Theatresports Cranston Cup @ Enmore Theatre

JACK FELMAN’S ‘YOU’RE DRIVING ME CRAZY’ @ BONDI PAVILION THEATRE

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Melbourne playwright Jack Felman’s latest comedy is YOU’RE DRIVING ME CRAZY! Enjoy a delicious and insightful comedy night, spending two hours re-discovering modern Jewish family life in Australia, via four generations of the Pszeszekowski family, and watch them drive each other totally crazy.

Initially we meet the great-grandparents Mania and Velvel Pszeszekowski, Holocaust survivors, who are still trying to understand the ever-changing world. Together they explain how they understand the microcosm of the differing attitudes in the behaviour of their son Allen, and their grandchildren and great grandchildren. Continue reading JACK FELMAN’S ‘YOU’RE DRIVING ME CRAZY’ @ BONDI PAVILION THEATRE

The Wharf Revue 2015 @ Wharf 1 Sydney Theatre Company

The Wharf Revue 2015 is back to its sharp, biting satirical best, and for added entertainment they have included literary humour, opera, musicals, pop, jazz and the crude and the vulgar.

Jonathan Biggins, Amanda Bishop, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott all perform wonderfully as a diverse range of characters. The show seamlessly jumps between live and video segments keeping up a constant flow of entertainment. The music and musical performances round out a thoroughly enjoyable production.

In The Last Days of the Howard Bunker they are Liberal characters in the last days of The Third Reich singing about when the night looks darkest before the Tampa dawn and the thankless blue collar scum. Continue reading The Wharf Revue 2015 @ Wharf 1 Sydney Theatre Company

JETPACK PRESENTS: COMEDY AGAINST HUMANITY @ Factory Theatre

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Some of Sydney’s best, fastest, and funniest performers use the cult board game hit Cards Against Humanity as the basis for ________.

“Not contributing to society in any meaningful way”
“An awesome improvised comedy show”
“A micropig wearing a tiny raincoat and booties”

Featuring Jim Fishwick, Maddie Parker, Robert Boddington, Jane Watt, Bryce Halliday, and special guests!

8, 9, and 11 September at the Factory Theatre, at 9.30pm.

Tickets $15 Full, $10 Concession, plus booking fees. Book now at bit.do/ComedyAgainstHumanity

Presented by Jetpack Theatre Collective as part of the Sydney Fringe Festival, neither of whom have any affiliation with the makers of Cards Against Humanity.

Directed by Jim Fishwick, and produced by Kendra Murphy.

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Website   http://www.bit.do/ComedyAgainstHumanity

 

The Comedy Circuit @ The Lane Cafe/Restaurant/ WineBar

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We saw this last night.

It was brilliant. I could barely remember when I enjoyed comedy as funny and as insightful as this, much of it apparently spontaneous and unlaboured and well paced.

Pacing of course is very important in Comedy. You don’t wan’t  to be banged incessantly on the head. You, as a member of the audience, need space and time to let it sink in dwell on and then laugh at the proposition. 

Gretel Killeen was the MC. Gretel has three great loves in her life.  Her Daughters, Being On Stage, and Men. Clearly in thrall about the first two she was gloomy about Men…she gave up on the last one when he insisted that wombats ate coconuts.

Gretel glittered on stage. She was genuinely interested in her audience and directed the lights to be turned up so that she could engage with us. Mildly megalomaniacal..“I’m Gretel Killeen ..You haven’t heard of me..Where have you been..? Mars..?”.  She was perfect as the MC…Sexy, sparkling, welcoming and mercurial. Continue reading The Comedy Circuit @ The Lane Cafe/Restaurant/ WineBar

4 DOUBLE PASSES THIS FRIDAY NIGHT TO THE COMEDY CIRCUIT @ THE LANE CAFE CBD

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The Comedy Circuit – The longest running most successful comedy circuit this Friday night in The Sydney CBD at The Lane Café – Restaurant – WineBar. A unique place bringing you the wonderful food and the best comedy. You can see Show only or do a dinner and show package.

This Friday 4th September see Gretel Killeen as seen on The Project and Co Host of How Not to Behave on ABC TV. Joining Gretel will be Peter Berner host of Einstein Factor, as seen on Backberner, Good News Week. Also as heard on Radio’s The Cage, The Peter Berner Experiment and Thank God It’s Friday. We also have Chris Radburn sharing the stage as see on The Footy Show, Last Comic Standing and Stand Up Australia to name a few.

Don’t miss an awesome night of comedy get your friends together and book in- http://www.thelanesydney.com.au or 92333242.

Sydney Arts Guide has 4 double passes to give away to this Friday night’s show. Be one of the first to email editor.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com. Winners will be advised by return email.  

The umbilical Brothers @ The Ros Packer Theatre

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Checking in to Fratelli Fresh for a pre-show chow down I spy Dave from the Umbilical Brothers sitting solo. I figure he’s here for a similar pre show chow down.  As I am shown to my table, he is shown the door. See you soon, I say to myself, anonymous audience member mumbling anonymously. I wonder if he had in fact eaten or drunk anything or was he miming a degustation.

Later in the Mens at the Roslyn Packer Theatre, after a pre-show bladder voiding, I wondered if I’d blundered into the show proper and was part of an elaborate audience participation manoeuvre as I encountered a sink with a washing and drying apparatus a certain dexterity; a device where you can simultaneously wash and dry your hands if you’re not careful. Timing is everything. Continue reading The umbilical Brothers @ The Ros Packer Theatre

Frocking Hilarious @ The Enmore Theatre

Fiona O'Loughlin was the MC for Frocking Hilarious
Fiona O’Loughlin was the MC for Frocking Hilarious

Some sounds resonate deep down inside:- The squeal of kids running down a sandhill; Act 1 of ‘ Billy Budd’ in the hands of a skilled male chorus; the explosion of women’s laughter after a ‘did she really say that’ pause. Tonight’s FROCKING HILARIOUS belonged to the last choice. The Enmore was the venue for the show in aid of ACT!ONAID as part of the 11th Annual Sydney Comedy Festival.

As MC, Fiona O’Loughlin’s bumbling ineptitude was comedy of the moment perfectly placed. And her timing, in putting herself down for it, was, as she said, better that her mother’s. Well. All of our mothers really. And therein lies the power.

Over the days leading up to the show I asked a few female friends. Why women? Why funny women? Why only women? The answers were about honesty and the topics which could be discussed. Childbirth, sex, appearance and how we women speak differently about that in different situations. Essentially it boiled down to freedom, to express and to vent. I’ll add one more from my own experience. To share without judgement.

Denise Scott was great. She is wise and accomplished and a brilliant humourist . And old. Awesome! My friend and I turned to each other and smiled, ‘Denise is talking to us’. After the show, our younger companion went, ‘Is this what is in store for me?’. My aging friend was suitably solicitous. Such things as inter-generational bonding over pubic hair.

There were lots and lots of jokes like that. Sex and childbirth were themes as was being a mum, for good or ill. Beauty and appearance were right up the top of the agenda. And on that topic, I just ask have to ask how Gretel Killeen managed to find those earrings to match with that particular orange shade of her shoes?

That fashion question aside, Gretel says herself that she is no stand up comic. But she is a classic comedic storyteller and her list of the famous people she has been mistaken for was a masterclass in the use of silence and the falling inflection.

Jackie Loeb did some advanced showing off with her guitar before stealing lyrics from every other singer she could think of.

Susie Youssef extemporised a palm read with Adam from the front row. Poor Adam, he copped it from everyone else then.

There were few brave male souls who were good humouredly used as props. My favourite was woman-to-watch, up and comer, Penny Greenhalgh who did an ice skate on roller blades using a pink shirted volunteer as Dean to her Torvald. Just hilarious.

Some artists missed the mark but no one there missed the point of the show. The artists all donated their time and material to support ACT!ONAID which is global movement of people working together to further human rights and defeat poverty for all. Women’s Rights are the key focus of Act!ionaid Australia. More about this organization can be found at actionaid.org/Australia.

Carol, the charming representative of ACT!ONAID joined Fiona onstage to draw the raffle at the end of the show. It was then that our MC let the performer Improv Fee off the leash. She was side splitting and what a great finale. That sound rumbling through the venue. I loved it.

FROCKING HILARIOUS played at the Enmore Theatre for one night only as part of the 11th Annual Sydney Comedy Festival.

For more about Frocking Hilarious, visit http://www.sydneycomedyfest.com.au/single-event?show_id=980