It’s a comedy festival in Melbourne 2015. Three guys have met and at around 5 o’clock, they decide it would be a good idea to combine all of their shows. Weirdly enough, it worked. The three men, two from the UK and one from Australia (guess where the name came from) have combined their shows and have brought forth their comedic wonder.
Our first show of the evening was Eddy Brison. Hailing from Hertfordshire, Brison engaged us in his life through a variety of personal stories which he mixed up with slightly offensive jokes used to gauge the sensitivity of crowd.
His charisma was notable and once he allowed himself to relax, his story telling was natural and easy. The 20 minutes he manned the stage was enjoyable. Watching someone relax in front of you is quite a comforting process and it enabled me to enjoy the show more than I would have, had he not been displaying nervous tendencies originally.
Most memorable of his tales was the explanation of his arrest in 1993, which he was raided and ended up in jail wearing a forensic suit. His focus on the smaller points of the story, some of which told in another setting, or even by another person, may have been irrelevant, made his story telling.
Rich Wilson took to the stage next, also demonstrating high levels of nerves. He strolled around the stage, commanding it but ensuring we weren’t caught up in a comedic ego. Also from the UK, Wilson’s humor mirrored the style of Brison’s which made their partnership completely understandable.
Chris Franklin (The Bloke) was the headline act and could not have been more of a stereotype if he tried. Flanno, jeans, “k-mart double pluggers” and a mullet were capped off with the VB he was drinking throughout the set.
Franklin is an extremely experienced comedian, having toured around the world and famously releasing the song “Bloke” in 2000 but after the collegiate performance of “The Two Brits” his comedy seemed to fall short.
His show was real, funny and intense, but after the lightheartedness of the UK comedy having won over the room, it seemed people were failing to connect. He kept going and changed his stance, seemingly realising that the problem seemed to be the microphone. After he realised this, he sat down on the steps of the stage, which did help the audience engage with him. It is worth mentioning that there were some real laugh out loud moments with him, especially in reference to his “bogan” ways.
If this time they had performed as “A Bloke and Two Brits”, (in reference to scheduling) there’s a possibility that the show would have been more of an all round success. The venue and the size of the audience didn’t help either; it must be hard to kill it at a gig when you’re performing to an audience of 15 people in the back room of an average pub.
Venue’s are sadly one of the issues with Fringe World because everyone wants to see a performance at a Spiegeltent or at the Pleasure Gardens or the like, which deters people from supporting shows that are easily as high calibre as some of the events held in the “main arenas”.
For two last laughs before Fringe finishes on Saturday, grab a ticket here and watch Chris Franklin’s number one hit “Bloke”, below.
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