Sara Pascoe – Animal
Melbourne Town Hall
There’s something about Sara, that sweet-natured, almost awkward shyness which she brings to her stand-up routines – this a second shot at it for me after her stunning show in MICF last year. Engaging seems to be a theme found throughout this year’s crop of comics, that and ‘relatable’. Our bevy of funnymen/women have seemingly hit all the right notes when it comes to being ‘regular’, but those who can take the ordinary and make it seem ludicrously amusing. Take Sara’s admission of her own shortcomings as a dispenser of hand jobs (that’s a word not in spellchecker, handjobs. Needs to be two words, apparently; fun facts). The way she describes it? Hilarious. Her encounter in previous years with an ardent fan who chose to show her pictures of him with other famous comics, in between photos of his own erections. It’s all in the eyes and the reaction shots. Pascoe’s show last year seemed to be the product of immense and impeccable research; this Animal show of 2016 is more anecdotal, with bits about Uber drivers and her own shonky past catching up with her. As far as recommendations go, she’s one of the crop who will undoubtedly return, as will I. She’s smart, funny, en pointe and wholly amusing.
Luke Heggie – Anythink is Possible
Melbourne Town Hall
(in a subterranean Hitler bunker calling itself the ‘Lunch Room’)
The greatness of Luke Heggie comes from the not-often-seen duality of the quick turn of phrase with the tradesman’s tone of voice. Let me try that again: the man’s wordplay is astonishing, even if he speaks with a voice not dissimilar to Dave Hughes. And that man speaks in a manner that makes dentist drills sound like pan flutes. Anyhow, Luke Heggie has the most refined, well-versed and brilliantly delivered set, about how tradesmen are invariably grubs, how he can poke holes in the stupid things people say, think and do, from malapropisms (hence the title), to herbal medicine and the world of labourers versus the kind of skinny, peculiar men with nondescript computer jobs who hire skilled technicians to work on their houses. There is something indescribably good – hell, great – about the strength of the material he has, and the bombastic, unmistakable confidence with which he presents it. It’s not like I can recite his bits as if they were knock-knock jokes, but there really is something about his venomous spitting out of his material which makes him so enjoyable. Also referring to kids as ‘future polluters’. Something about that stuck with me. Luke Heggie is great – perhaps a MICF2016 highlight. Killing it, as they say. Nice work, champion.