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BangNation at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival

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Bang, bang, ‘Are you shitting me?
Direct from Brisbane, Taylor and Chris are two leading sketch comedians hellbent on bringing raw enthusiasm and boundless energy to Melbourne's Comedy Festival. Their dorky charisma and hyperactive clunky dance moves/stroke actions add another dimension to stand up comedy.

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Source: The Comedy Festival website

Get set for a night of surprises, starting with some sex toy antics. The show, BangNation is a fast moving, manic night of sketch comedy, including a curious confessional poem to a lover. The show left me wondering how on earth they remember all the acts and lines.

The duo explores a wide range of topics from the everyday, to the absurd and unspeakable. The show is sprinkled generously with swear words that mama told us we should never utter. They are due for a big frothy mouth of soap!

The excitement of Taylor and Chris is palatable. They are having a ball on stage. There is the odd, light political statement, but this is not to distract from the rest of the outrageous trivia.

Hot off the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Taylor and Chris are brimming with excitement at being in Melbourne and why wouldn't they? The audiences are incredibly obliging. As is usually the case, there's a fair bit of awkward audience participation.

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Source: Comedy Festival website

Believe it or not, this show enabled self-realisation. I discovered a thing or two about myself when selected for a take off of the reality show 'The Farmer Wants A Wife'. I now know I am more competitive than I think. Winning this fictitious show with no prize made me yell out loudly about a pineapple! I also realised I cannot do duck impersonations and do not ever wish to.

I must say their disappearing act leaves a bit to be desired. My ten year old recently performed such a magic trick at a similar level… but it has the effect intended. It made me giggle out loud.

My highlight of the night was a Coke tasting test. It was not what I expected, but then again, I should be used to expecting the unexpected at a Comedy Festival. I think it's not unfair to say in places the show is so corny it's very funny.

Serious questions raised by BangNation include:

Is it okay to follow a therapist's advice even when it's not in your best interest to?

What's acceptable conversation between a taxi driver and a passenger?

Would you turn down a Lotto cheque on principle?

When would you say no to a doctor's good advice?

For the answers to these and other important life questions, you'll have to buy a ticket to BangNation.

Billed as suitable for audiences 16 and over, I would suggest 18 and over, but maybe I'm just a tad conservative. There is some heavy duty swearing, lots of involuntary audience participation and NO HECKLING, unless you want to be piggy backed around stage!

I spoke to a couple of other audience members about the show. One was a frequent comedy show attendee. He complemented the duo on their gutsy efforts and reminded me about a what a hard gig it must be to expose your comic work to a group of strangers. My friend commented on their word mastery and their memories.

A play on words, BangNation explores all associated with the word from sex to explosions. Time to get cardiogoing. If you're willing to give some newcomers to town a go, Bang, bang, 'Are you shitting me?' Unquote.
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*Jeni Wilson was invited as a guest
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Why? For a bit of a chuckle
When: 24 March - 3 April
Where: Downstairs Lounge @ The Grand Mercure Hotel 195 Swanston St, Melbourne
Cost: $12-$18
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