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Bryce Halliday: The Bryce Is Right - Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2014

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by Jeni Wilson (subscribe)
Teacher educator and author of many teacher reference books. Amused by random ideas and loves random acts of kindness. Enjoys writing humour...seriously!
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Misunderstood Genius
Comedy, comedy festival, music, performance, history, Ruby's Music Room, conspiracy theories, live show, live music
Bryce himself


According to Bryce Halliday, he is an amateur psychologist and misunderstood genius whose ideas will come good in the end. He demonstrated his mega ability to sustain an exhausting and demanding intellectual monologue.

I wonder what came first; his love of music or his sharp social and political wit? How did Bryce Halliday marry these unlikely partners to create such a unique comic performance?

Bryce Halliday is no ordinary young bloke from Sydney venturing to Melbourne to try his hand at comedy during the Comedy Festival. Although this is the first time he has taken his show to Melbourne, it is clear that he has professionally and thoroughly prepared for this comedy theatre performance.



Somehow Bryce coordinates various sound effects, recorded historical comments, musical snippets, lighting and live music to create an intellectually engaging performance. Halliday is a talented pianist, songwriter and performer with stamina to match.

His performance is billed as 'a musical journey through the minds of the astoundingly wrong'. Important historic events are fodder for this artist. Well known characters are analysed to within an inch of their lives.

Education, teaching and learning all go under the microscope. Some of his lyrics include damning tests and the worthlessness of formal education. If you want to know what lessons and tests are worth a damn, you'll have to go to the show.

I have to admit that when I saw the title of the show, 'The Bryce is Right' I imagined that this might be a take off of the old popular TV show 'The Price is Right'. This probably could not be anything further from the truth!



Bryce Halliday takes conspiracy theories to a whole new level. Who would have thought that three words; 'clever, historical and comedy' would string so nicely together when describing his show. They do when describing Halliday's show that is performed at the new Ruby's Music Room. Although it looks totally different, it somehow reminds me of the little music rooms in New Orleans. It has heart, soul, personality and is totally original. Ruby's Music Room is set up for quality performances and run by a passionate owner whose presence (and that of his friendly dog) is felt by all.

This is the perfect place to relax for a drink, enjoy something to eat during the show and to listen to relaxing music. Bryce's performance was preceded by and followed by other musicians.

Bryce Halliday's performance is at Ruby's Music Room, which is a recently renovated venue that provides an intimate and personal feel. The décor and doll collection add visual and mental appeal. Tickets are very reasonable at only $22 or $15 for concession holders.



It may seem a bit heavy but Bryce Halliday revealed and unravelled some complex truths about humans and our changing society. For example, he postulated that in our digital world that when enough people are wrong, it becomes right. Think about it! I have to admit I didn't anticipate I'd have to do so much serious pondering after a comedy performance!

If Bryce were writing this review, he'd probably suggest it's the right time to see him live. It's annoying that he is astonishingly correct. It must be great to be completely right all the time!
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Why? For a comical historic live show
When: 10-12 April
Phone: 96549292
Where: Ruby's Music Room 132 Little Lonsdale St Melbourne
Cost: $22 or $15 concession
Your Comment
It's certainly unique
by Jeni Wilson (score: 3|1272) 205 days ago
This is one performance I'd liked to see.
I'm forwarding your review to a few friends..sounds to good to miss.
by eve.c (score: 2|249) 205 days ago
The photographs of Bryce remind me sooooo much of the now deceased Peter Cook - from Pete and Dud and unfortunately, Derek and Clyde. I thought they were the greatest comedy duo from 1960s. Peter Cook was, in my opinion, a very clever man.
by fran. (score: 1|27) 201 days ago
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