2013 Melbourne International Comedy Festival:
• Asher Treleaven in Bad Dandy

Posted on 06 April 2013

Asher Treleaven’s show Bad Dandy is rock and roll burlesque. If David Bowie played the Joel Grey part in Cabaret, you would be getting close to the flavour of Treleaven’s performance.

Treleaven has always been a very physical performer. For someone with such a gangly body and studied clown moves—he still comes off as graceful and sophisticated. He uses these moves to punctuate an ironic standup style. Subtexts run both deep and wide in Bad Dandy.

The first half of the show derives most of its jokes from a “nudge-nudge, wink-wink” meta humour that builds and builds in intensity. And “intense” is definitely the word. The show climaxes with the comedy moment equivalent of a rocker smashing his guitar and setting it on fire. Only funnier.

This show has an elegant edginess to it that I know would be appealing to the university audience. Personally, I find him more entertaining than Tim Minchin. The venue Treleaven found himself in is a good one, but I keep thinking he would have been better served by the Spiegeltent or a stylish deco bar.

If you are looking for an evening of dark emotional decadence, Bad Dandy is the place to be.

http://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2013/season/shows/bad-dandy-asher-treleaven

Asher Treleaven

Peace and kindness,

Katherine


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