Boney is a two storey bar and band room tucked away behind the European Bier Café on Little Collins Street (Paris end) with a similar vibe to cousins "Cookie', 'Revolver' and the 'Toff in Town'. Boney is very cute with a decent cocktail list, great bar snacks and nice service.
Dinner and drinks at Boney upper Little Collins Street
I didn't really know what to expect from Dave and Miles show, and so I came with some friends and an open mind. I thought "Banned for Life' may be about time served in prison, getting kicked out of a pub, thrown out of school, or out of home?
Instead, this 'underground' late night comedy show was just based on typical sex, drugs, racial and gender stereotyped content. You do expect some 'explicit' content from a late night show but it still needs to be entertaining and clever in its delivery. Content is King and clever delivery is Queen. Resorting to heckle the reviewer in the audience is just a cheap diversion from the lack of quality content.
Some of Boyle's material was funny, witty and almost clever. My favourites accounts were Gary and the reincarnation factory, and his thoughts about judgement in the afterlife. I'd like to see further development of these ideas into great comedy.
Miles' style is still developing, but last night was just a bunch of ramblings that needed organisation. Hobos, hedgehogs and Sir Edward Hilary of Cones were the standouts of his 'routine'. As a double act I would have liked to see Boyle and Milson combine their routines, and work the audience together.
Comedy has changed over the years. Sex, drugs and base jokes about gender is old school. It's not about political correctness. Comedy audiences have changed in Australia, particularly in Melbourne, where competition to get an audience at the International Comedy festival is high.
It's great that new comedians are putting themselves out there, but be prepared, your audience is paying to hear your content, as well as for drinks at the bar, parking and dinner. You can't survive on Lowest Common Denominator (LCD) content – there's too much of it hanging around and you can go other places to see it for free.