2013 Melbourne Fringe—A Very Zac & Gotchy
Posted on 29 September 2013
As they say in real estate: location, location, location…or not. When putting together a festival show, where and at what time you hold a show can mean a lot when attempting to attract an audience. The easier you make it for people to find you, the more likely they will give you a chance.
However, even more important are publicity and word of mouth. If people see you on TV or hear you on radio, this gives you credibility. People will trust your show is good. For instance being a guest on Spicks and Specks launched Barry Morgan’s career. If peole hear about your show from friends, this also gains you credibility and trust.
A Very Zac & Gotchy is located far from the centre of Melbourne Fringe at the Brunswick Street Gallery. Nevertheless, the show was sold out on a Wednesday. If you know anything about audience attendance at festivals, this is impressive. Clearly word is out that this show is a lot of fun.
Zac Cooper, Matt Gotch, and Caitlin McInnis make an effective team. Their distinct personas and delivery styles ensure the audience gets to enjoy rich and varied sketches. I’m hesitant to make Monty Python references, but they do have a similar absurdity and quick pacing, blended with a contemporary sensibility. Their hat shop sketch for instance could comfortably find its place in the Flying Circus.
One thing the Pythoners avoided was politics. Cooper, Gotch, and McInnis have not been so shy, but manage to keep the humour light. They make their points about dogmatism, racism, homophobia, and the like with a breeziness that could potentially fly over barriers to consideration. I was impressed by their daring in sending up Eddie Murphy’s show Raw.
My only complaint of the night was the place McInnis had in the show. She was a significant presence in numerous sketches. Nowhere is her name mentioned in any of their marketing material, press release, or the festival guide. The instant anyone figures that prominently in a show, they need to be acknowledged.
If Cooper and Gotch take this show to Melbourne Comedy Festival—and they should—they need to integrate McInnes further into the show and change the title to make it more inclusive.
Melbourne Fringe website: A Very Zac & Gotchy
Peace and kindness,