2012 Melbourne International Comedy Festival:
• Damian Snell presents 100% Nuts – A Mixed Assortment
Posted on 18 April 2012
100% Nuts is a well structured two hours of comedy. A group of recent graduates from a stand-up course decided to put on a festival show. They managed to bring in some seasoned comedians to pepper throughout their own performances, and arranged for the show to be MCed by the very talented and personable Xavier Toby. This ensures that anyone coming to 100% Nuts is certain of having a good time, while giving the newbies a chance to find their feet.
The styles of comedy in this show varied widely from bogan humour to European burlesque. The performers themselves were varied in age, ethnicity, and gender. In fact the day I went the show had a slight female majority.
My first vote for closest to professional take off is Ivanna, our European burlesque fairy, who was able to lift her character from just a sexy stereotype to something warmer and more human. She has a number of avenues she can pursue to further her career including Melbourne Fringe, The Butterfly Club, and Red Bennies who I hear are looking for female MCs.
Also worth noting are the intelligent stylings of both Mayuki Nobetsu and Sophie Prints, the cheeky girlish puns from saucy lass Gabe Hogan, and the laconic silliness of Damian Snell. Everyone did an admirable job and should give themselves a pat on the back. Lines were remembered, performances were lively, and conduct was utterly professional.
We are all allowed to be beginners before we become experts. And as comedians we all need places where we can hone our skills. If you are a beginner, being a part of a group show at the comedy festival is a great way to convince your family and friends to support you, and for you to gain some confidence. Ordinary pub gigs aren’t always as appealing to our peeps.
If you are reading this because you are looking for a show to attend, group shows are always worth a punt. I would strongly encourage going to at least one a festival. The next wave of comedians needs your support. Besides, afterward you can say you knew so-and-so before they were cool.
Peace and kindness,