Write because you want to, not because you have to.
Overall rating: ★★★★1/2 Date attended: 18/02/2019
Juliet Timmerman's show A Perfect Debut certainly lived up to its name. Right from the start, the audience was hooked onto Juliet's slapstick style of comedy, which she was effortlessly able to execute for our entertainment.
Kicking off the show with stories of her time in Adelaide thus far, Timmerman gets right into it, by stating how she might be what some people would call 'clumsy', by breaking a priceless item during a safety induction at her venue, followed by 'repaying them back' by caring for an Adelaide Fringe mascot wolf that needs to eat a minimum of 12 times a day (who was backstage, waiting for his next meal, as you do)! Oh, and let's not forget the TED bear that she took to the movies because she was "afraid of the dark". There is a series of ordinary scenarios that is brought to fresh life by Timmerman's ability to put a fantastic, hilarious spin on it. Timmerman is relaxed, nonchalant, and enthusiastic - all at the same time - to the point where you want her to keep going with delivering what promises to be the pinnacle of laughter-inducing content.
Gaining inspiration from late night talk show hosts like David Letterman, Stephen Colbert, and Jimmy Fallon, Timmerman is able to construct scenarios, where she holds an open discussion around ordinary life experiences that are playfully shared with the audience, using minimalist props and regularly exercising one of the best skills she possesses - storytelling with a comedic twist.
With four very hilarious segments, we are given a taste of some lovable characters - a nonchalant Juliet, who isn't afraid to speak her mind, Juliet's "twin cousin" and chef extraordinaire Jean(ine), and a trusted sound technician (who is never seen, but admired from afar) Denise. One by one, each character, all played by Juliet, is able to win hearts over almost instantly. With a playful combination of speaking her mind and punch lines that send ripples of laughter throughout the room, Timmerman was able to effectively engage her audience by providing with relatable content that either we or someone we know has experienced.
Timmerman shows us how to complement the art of stand up comedy with storytelling, which is sprinkled with a bit of sketch comedy at its finest. She is able to maintain a calm composure, as she wields her sharp wit to catch the audience when they least expect it with surprise. She gives us a crisp and more breathtaking perspective into what some might consider an 'everyday activity' and add a bit of fun and joy into the context.
Timmerman is one to keep an eye on, because she has great things in store for her in the comedy industry and if she continues to blend her creative storytelling with her don't care-attitude towards what people think, it won't be long before she is one of the most sought after individuals in the Australian comedy industry. For someone who has just had a perfect debut at the biggest Fringe festivals in the Southern Hemisphere, I'd say that Timmerman is off to a fantastic start of her emerging career as a comedian!
A Perfect Debut will be holding one more show at the National Wine Centre, as part of Adelaide Fringe. Book your tix here.