– The RAW Comedy Nationwide Grand Last will air on the ABC later this yr.
Nat Harris & Hannah Camilleri, Pét-Nat + Han ah Chocolat ★★★★★
Nicholas Constructing, till April 18.
There’s a brand new Hannah on the block. Hannah Camilleri is the younger Melbourne thespian-cum-comedian who – on the idea of her earlier solo present – has three TV gigs within the works. Tonight she’s discovered the right foil in daggy shapeshifter Nat Harris.
Such is the chemistry between the 2 that it’s nigh unattainable to decide on a favorite sketch in probably the most pleasing hour of the competition. The voicework and stagecraft are faultless.
The duo romp via Pleasure and Prejudice doily-dress clichés (“I haven’t heard this a lot laughter in the home in years”), yr 8 lecturers corralling music college students at Hamer Corridor (“Sounds kewl?”), Dan and Tommy the blokey occasion dis-organisers (“Gotta go, my spouse’s in labour”) and sex-craved Goblin Inn hoteliers.
Maybe better of all is the combo of Trish and Sue, two girls who’ve overseen an underwhelming environmentally woke refurb of a plaza. Reality: we’ve discovered our new Gina Riley and Jane Turner. Mikey Cahill
Teleport, Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall & Andy Matthews ★★★★
Trades Corridor, till April 18.
Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall and Andy Matthews’ follow-up to their excellent 2019 present Magma is by some means a masterclass in each intelligence and stupidity.
Half an engineering presentation to potential rich traders, half a meta-turducken of time-travelling, body-transporting lunacy, Teleport sees the duo reprise their roles as salesmen Martin Chrysalis and Jerry Roberts in full squeaky-voiced, turtle-necked glory.
The pitch? As you might need guessed, teleportation units. How do they work? Properly, they don’t precisely know. They have been attempting to construct a time machine and issues went awry.
The present walks a tightrope between creative and the absurd. They weave via their PowerPoint-accompanied handle with imaginative brilliance as they deconstruct theoretical physics and commit utterly to their idiotic characters.
Palms down top-of-the-line sketch performances you’ll see this competition. Get on board earlier than they’re on the Nasdaq. Tyson Wray
Melanie Bracewell, The Rumours Are True ★★★★
Melbourne City Corridor, till April 18.
Rumours? What rumours? Gangly and gregarious Kiwi comedian Melanie Bracewell hoped for some salacious gossip by the point her Comedy Pageant present rolled round however, um, she ended up having to manufacture a furphy about her involvement within the Teletubbies franchise.
Though it’s well-worn stand-up territory, Bracewell takes some nasty on-line feedback (albeit by somebody associated to her) and crafts her set round these ongoing encounters with savvy gear on cable chargers robust sufficient to tow a automotive, what she does when somebody ghosts her and a brand new time period “canarying”.
Her precision joke-writing, pointing-and-slouching physicality and robust call-back sport are the explanation she’s risen so quick – final time she was filling a 40-seater and on Sunday she bought out two reveals, 620 payers.
Bracewell’s pure oration marries up with a considered use of PowerPoint as she brings the present to a head with a water-tight 10-minute anecdote a couple of date gone incorrect. There will probably be blood. Mikey Cahill
Aaron Chen, Sorry Eternally ★★★★
Discussion board Theatre, till April 18.
Everybody needs to hang around with Sydney curio Aaron Chen. In his personal phrases, “I’m a scorching shot now”.
Merely watching the Chinese language-Australian for an hour do something is an unpredictable blast and tonight had a couple of tantalising twists due to a delightfully combined crowd.
Chen gently rips into a number of individuals within the entrance row who’ve retired, measuring his putdowns then including a depraved little schoolboy snigger. One punter with a distracting guffaw who drew his consideration occurred to be a fellow stand-up. “Josh Cake? You’re a greater viewers member than comic.”
Chen hits his stride when he talks about “entering into empathy” and shares a Cameo celeb shoutout rebuttal anecdote. He does his first ever political gear centred on the Hong Kong protests through a savage PowerPoint journey montage.
NB: this may be a 5-star ranking if “Chenny Child” tightened up quarter-hour and by no means let up with the warmth. We all know he may give us 60 minutes of straight fireplace. Mikey Cahill
The Comedy Zone ★★★★
Trades Corridor, till April 18.
The Comedy Zone is a lineup present hand-picked by the competition annually with 5 rising stars from round Australia.
Hosted by 2017 RAW Comedy winner Zack Dyer (a last-minute call-up as Tor Snyder wanted to have a COVID take a look at that day), the baby-faced Elliott Stewart opened proceedings with startling sharp quips about inherited alcoholism and auto-erotic asphyxiation through bronchial asthma, whereas Andrew Lee then bought philosophical on the power to be moral whereas on a funds.
Former felony prosecutor Andrew Portelli trod the well-worn path of searching for validation from mother and father alongside a love of receiving digital penetration (a considerably odd recurring theme this competition); and Philippe Gaulier alumnus Floyd Alexander-Hunt mixed her bravura violin abilities with tales of her makes an attempt to grow to be extra sexually adventurous.
Then, like a comedic phoenix rising from the ashes, Snyder (who had obtained a unfavorable take a look at consequence mid-show) took to the stage to complete off the well-rounded hour with deftly delivered materials on TAFE, courting throughout lockdown and crocheted tampons.
The way forward for Australian comedy is in good (and infrequently somewhat filthy) fingers. Tyson Wray
Sizzling Division, Open For Enterprise ★★★½
The Toff in City, till April 18.
Overlook the same old COVID check-in, this present wants an NQR code. Sizzling Division ply comedic filth with a number of RuPaul references and contours like “I suppose my tits are thirsty”. On that observe, Open For Enterprise items its viewers a raft of latest NSFW private jokes.
Sydney sketch comedy lunatics Honor Wolff and Patrick Durnan Silva inform us they’re right here to arrange a profitable enterprise, however that is clearly an excuse for an hour of tongue-kissing one another, displaying off their derrieres (and extra), impersonating white male comics and throwing themselves into aggressive choreography to bangers like Work It by Marie Davidson (Soulwax remix).
A number of bits want slicing; a flatulence set-piece hits a bum observe and clears the room of snickers like, properly, solely a fart can, and the frantic nature of the present may have extra affect at 50 minutes. Mikey Cahill
Adam Hills, Sneakers Half Full ★★★½
The Athenaeum, till April 18.
Adam Hills estimates he has spent the final yr, bar six weeks, in lockdown or quarantine both in Australia or England. And regardless of suggesting all he did was write a youngsters’s e book and pleasure himself throughout these powerful occasions, he evidently stocked up on amusing COVID-related tales.
Twelve minutes into his set, the Spicks and Specks and Final Leg host strikes on from the pandemic, regardless that the gang loves the curfew and home-schooling gags.
Hills reveals his prosthetic to the viewers, eliciting an amazing groan from an viewers member. Is there actually anybody on this planet that doesn’t know he was born with no proper foot?
He cheerily engages with the viewers, using “what’s your identify and what do you do” to seize some giggles. There’s effusive gratitude for dedicated followers who didn’t ask for a refund, holding on to tickets for a yr.
Hills figures it’s enjoyable to shout at racists, finds “trans points” baffling and believes Islamophobia stays rife. An ungainly look by a mariachi participant ends a rigorously crafted gig that satisfies long-waiting followers however doesn’t fairly increase the roof. Donna Demaio
Daniel Muggleton, Oh, Extra Mr. White Man? ★★★★
Kicks, season completed.
Observe-suited Sydney raconteur Daniel Muggleton is just not a 6pm comic.
To his credit score, the suave cat makes all the pieces work: the early time-slot, crowd banter (the place he roasts “Stool c—-s”, takes the piss out of a lady from Bristol and a wide-eyed first-time comedy attendee) and topical gear that features the perfect Indigenous genocide analogy of the competition. To be truthful it’s in all probability the one one.
Muggleton’s cocksure-but-not-smug presence permits him to promote contemporary insights on who is definitely profitable on this nation: “Bogans are killing it, they’re on prime.” He labels ScoMo The King of The Bogans whereas placing the blowtorch onto colonisation.
Within the closing 10 minutes, Muggleton goes deeper into his relationship together with his father and the problems males have with recruiting new male associates. It’s a noble try that wants refining.
As soon as he sticks the touchdown this present will actually take off. Mikey Cahill
Woke 2.0, Aurelia St Clair ★★★
Victoria Resort, till April 18.
Dry, deadpan however at occasions frustratingly drawling, German-Cameroonian Aurelia St Clair delivers a combined bag of scorching societal critiques and penny ante anecdotes in her debut competition hour.
St Clair’s most engrossing moments come from tales of her upbringing with a mom who’s a Jehovah’s witness, experiences along with her personal bisexuality, and a searing suggestion of what ought to grow to be Australia’s new affiliation for the “c-word”.
They’re, nevertheless, sadly let down by meandering clichéd materials of white individuals with dreadlocks, adopting canine, explaining hook-turns to Uber drivers in Los Angeles and purchasing at Aldi.
St Clair has an abundance of potential. She has the power to craft punchlines with stinging precision. Let’s hope in future reveals she focuses additional into the cultural introspection she does so properly. Tyson Wray
David Rose: Levinsky ★★★
Fad Gallery till April 18.
Affable Aussie standup David Rose just lately learnt that he’s 15 per cent Jewish; across the similar time he found that his great-grandfather was a bona fide vaudeville star. Below the stage identify Levinsky, Julian Rose bought half one million information, starred in movies and carried out on the BBC.
The legacy is a troubled one, although – Levinsky wore prosthetics and outfits that accentuated the racist stereotypes of his period, and a few of his comedy proves equally problematic as we speak.
Rose (the youthful) solely frivolously hangs this present on the hook of his great-grandpa, and whereas the hour meanders enjoyably down numerous rabbit-holes, it actually proves its value when he focuses extra squarely on his fascinating ancestor and the parallels and contrasts between two males dealing with a rising anti-Semitism whereas grappling with their very own difficult relationship with Judaism. Tightening a couple of screws on this contraption may unlock the potential power it guarantees. John Bailey
Lewis Garnham, The Worst Practice I’ve Ever Constructed ★★★
Greek Centre, till April 18.
Radelaide jokester Lewis Garnham has an excellent half-hour of fabric on this 50-minute present. The mulleted-comic-with-a-heart-of-gold excels when he talks about condoms, eco-friendly cigarette filters and brings us tales from his day job as a instructor’s aide at major and secondary colleges. He relays the no-filter knowledge he’s obtained from youngsters a 3rd of his age which in flip offers us meals for thought.
From there, Garnham sticks his neck out with a Ted Bundy v Barack Obama debate and makes a compelling case the previous has much less blood on his fingers than the latter.
The place this present falls down is in Garnham’s rushed supply; he’s skating too shortly over set-ups and punchlines. Let issues breathe, younger man.
Garnham’s closing story a couple of reptile handler and his daughter is a spellbinding delight, there are shades of Kumail Nanjiani’s gentle contact and we’re left with an unmistakable heat glow. Mikey Cahill
Woah, Alyssa! 3 ★★★½
Comedy Republic, till April 18.
Directed by Aunty Donna’s Mark Bonanno, Woah, Alyssa! is “queer comedy for normies”: Half gay TED Speak (I learnt the time period “vers” quick for versatile), half snowflake satire, all thrown along with snogging and a thumping celebration of Madison Avenue’s “solely two songs”.
Actual-life boyfriends Col and Fil discuss us via the thrill of an open relationship facilitated by PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis to stop HIV) and add in riffs on autocorrect fails and KeepCups.
The set peaks with a Grindr v Sophie sketch that recreates the anxiety-inducing perils of hook-up apps (somebody who needs your again) whereas a straight pal is attempting to assist (somebody who’s bought your again).
Conversely, Intercourse and The Metropolis references are old-fashioned by a decade and the twosome should enable extra time for rehearsal.
If you happen to’re on the lookout for a homosexual previous time this Saturday evening, freshly nominated Golden Gibbo award duo Woah, Alyssa! have added a present. Issues will get unfastened. Mikey Cahill
The Very Huge Snigger Out ★★★
Fed Sq., till April 18.
If Melbourne ever “panic buys” bathroom paper once more, The Listies could also be public enemy primary. Evergreen comedy duo Richard Higgins and Matt Kelly end their joyfully depraved set leaf-blowing reams of the 2-ply poo-tickets over the arms of children who go after it like we have been heading into Lockdown 4.0. This follows The Listies’ rapturously obtained Lullabyes of DOOOOM.
Hosts Double Denim take too lengthy to win the gang over earlier than their Cheese track, Garry Starr hams it up as a Shakespeare-quoting bee who makes use of the portmanteau “mythogony” earlier than getting assist from comedy utility participant Blake Everett, then Clara Cupcakes proves a wonderful selection for closing act, swinging hoops round her waist like an enormous, kaleidoscopic slinky.
Particular point out should go to the (unbilled) Mom Nature for offering a sunny, blustery mise-en-scene on an erstwhile drizzly day, then letting rain dump dramatically moments after the LOLs petered out. Mikey Cahill
Cirque Noir, The Dumtectives ★★½
The Well-known Spiegeltent, till April 18.
Is it a circus present of awe-inspiring acrobatics? Undoubtedly. Is it comedy? Debatable.
Cirque Noir, which sees the circus firm Dummies Corp department out from its common children-friendly antics, is for probably the most half a dialogue-free hour that loosely sees the protagonists investigating a homicide in a ’40s backdrop.
Carried out by Amy Nightingale-Olsen, Leigh Rhodes and Thomas McDonald, Rhodes predominantly carries the present (each figuratively and typically actually), performing a superb burlesque quantity alongside some very spectacular, ahem, ball-handling abilities.
When the others fail to finish a juggling routine with not one, two, or three failed makes an attempt, properly, it’s awkward to say the least.
The narrative feels inconsequential and shoe-horned in on the final second. Laughs are few and much between. Tyson Wray