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Cam Knight: MOMENTOUS - MICF 2017

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Living in the moment and finding the funny side of life
Cam Knight Momentous Melbourne International Comedy Festival Chinese Museum Great Stand-up Comedy Story-telling Funny moments in 2016
Cam Knight is a regular on the 'comedy festival circuit' in Australia. His extensive TV, improv-theatre and short-film experience has given him refined performance delivery, and the comedic discipline to superbly link and loop hilarious material.

Momentous, is 'stand-up' at its best and most laid-back. At this year's Melbourne Comedy Festival, Cam Knight traces the moments of 2016 by revealing his own adventures and misadventures: the show is fast and fun, real and ever-surprising.

This is an upbeat show that laughs at itself, and celebrates real 'Australianness', in terms of humour and the characters (e.g., the super-rich) we love to hate or ridicule. Even when Cam presents rich and socially conscious content, he pulls it back to an 'every- man' experience of life which makes the show hilarious, intimate and accessible. We all know the universal milestones that we endured or celebrated last year- e.g., Trump and Marriage Equality - but Cam leaves political satire to the political satirists. This show is personal, tongue-in-cheek and even a bit 'new-age-larrikin': show highlights include his stories about the IVF 'waiting room' and while working on Unreal Estate, his clash with 'Crocodile Dundee'. Knight has a special talent for making what are essentially intense and emotional topics (e.g., IVF), light and digestible. By focussing on his hilarious personal insecurities, the audience can truly share a character's real-life discomfort and have a laugh. By lightening the load, Cam creates great comedy.

Strictly speaking, men may relate to this show more than women, but women, too, can laugh at the man who is endearing in his modernity and 'real-father' exposes. Momentous is modern and 'socially conscious'. In his own life, Cam has performed at the McGrath Foundation luncheon and the Tour de Cure's Mission to find a cure for cancer. There is a real warmth to Cam Knight, and with Momentous, he settles into 'the intimate zone' with his audience. Everyone walked out smiling and happy to be sharing this special moment of the Melbourne Comedy Festival.

Cam Knight has a background in TV as an actor, comedian and presenter. The pedigree shows in his ability to read a crowd: he may seem to meander from the stage-script but moment-to-moment, the format remains tight and professional. Cam Knight knows what makes his audience tick and how to manage a crowd. Thoroughly engaging, the Momentous experience is like catching-up with your best mate and hearing about his year of up-staged travel stories. Knight is a likeable 'new-age-bloke' who doesn't take himself too seriously. Momentous is a road trip with turns, tricks and forks in the road. Everyone loves a road trip- and this is a smooth, smooth ride.

The show is a seamless synergy of physical humour, actor-trained facial expressiveness and Cam delivers sharp mimicry within a laid-back, relaxed recant. The narrative-style is a modern take on 'spinning a yarn'- hence its 'Australianness'. Another of Cam's outstanding comedic talents is his voice control and dynamic: he throws his voice and makes it appear natural, uses voice-over and boyish microphone sound-effects to full advantage, and has mastered vocal pace to energise the show.

One of the most memorable stylistic threads is Cam's intuitive and very keen sense of 'the ridiculous'. He paints characters with whom we can empathise, detest, admire and even fear. He brings people- and adventure- to life. Momentous is definitely masculine in terms of subject matter, characters and its insight-perspective. However, because Cam exudes such likeable good-guy, larrikin charm, he easily woos a feminine audience.

Momentous is a fast-paced show laced with well-placed loops that never fail to raise laughs. The MICF audience were hooked from the beginning: and as the show cruised along, the response got warmer, and laughter louder. Cam's delivery is so natural and confident that Momentous is a real audience-performer partnership-experience.

Originally from Adelaide, Cam studied TV sketch comedy and improvisation stand-up. He has also been in short films and is a well-known presenter for Foxtel Comedy Channel. He now resides in Sydney and continues to be a part of UMPOR Australia, and is a regular of TheatreSports.

At the 2017 Melbourne Comedy Festival, Momentous is playing at the Chinese Museum until the 23rd of April and then plays at the Sydney Comedy Festival from May 17th-21st. Mark 'Cam Knight, Momentous', on your 'must-see-show-list', this MICF.

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When: Tuesday-Saturdays 9.30pm and Sundays 8.30pm
Where: The Silk Room, Chinese Museum, 22 Cohen Place, Melbourne
Cost: Tuesdays $20, Friday and Saturdays $27.50 and Sunday $25
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