Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
A comedy show about books in four chapters
The Booklover's Comedy Show is straightforward; it's comedy for all those in love with books. The stage is set by George Dimarelos, the MC and creator of the evening, who reinforces his street credibility as a book nerd.
Dimarelos sets up an eclectic feel to the comedy show by jumping between his love of books and reading (including the judgement and shaming of the non-readers among us), to some audience participation, of the favourited books of that night's audience.
Typical answers arose, The Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy, Jayne Eyre, The Catcher in the Rye and On the Road were some of the beloved books of the audience – we were apparently a very literate bunch.
Dimarelos was setting up for the three hilarious female comedians to then grace the stage, presenting a variety of different comedic styles that were guaranteed to have you caught in their thrall, even if you've only ever casually cracked open the spine of a book.
Louisa Fitzharding (Photograph courtesy of Perth Fringe World)
Comic number one, the ever-beautiful Louisa Fitzhardinge, who, within minutes, had the audience chanting in tandem with her, 'We are Nerds! We are Nerds!' to the backing of the Australian National Anthem, while singing 'We are Grammarians'.
She followed the performance up, with an audience participation based, multilingual, choose-your-own-language rendition of the Stevie Wonder classic, What a Wonderful World. In her allocated ten minutes, Fitzhardinge was delightful, charming and very funny.
Gillian English as Margaret of Anjou, the She-Wolf of France (Photograph courtesy Perth Fringe World)
Next in the line up was Gillian English, who took us through a romp of social commentary of Shakespeare and the ages of Disney princesses, and was both energetic and engaging with a healthy dose of comedic timing.
English asked for a little more audience participation and about which Shakespeare plays the audience liked, heavily judged some of the others (Romeo and Juliet, she's looking at you!) and dug a little deeper into the perceived and actual ages of some (most) of the female characters, picking Juliet in her youthful thirteenth year, with her mother, Lady Capulet at the ripe old age of twenty-six, as a source of outrage.
This, of course, transcended into the shuddering ages of the Disney princesses, far more under the age of fifteen than should be comfortable – but delivered with such down to earth humour that the audience was in the palm of her hand.
Jenny May Morgan as Pamela DeMenthe (Photograph courtesy of Perth Fringe World)
Closing the show was Jenny May Morgan in the persona of Pamela DeMenthe, a mundane 9-5 workhorse of a woman, given the chance via a redundancy payout – to pursue her career and interest in writing.
Writing erotic fiction that is. After some hilarious banter and exposition on her career to date, we were graced with a reading of her latest work, Sticky Digits.
While the content of the novel is not for youthful ears, she performs an excerpt from her novel, involving a Spanish Coles delivery man, salami and eggs and a delivery with perfect comedic timing and commitment to the parody.