A British stand up comedian, musician and writer living in Nijmegen. See more at stevenmorgan.wales
It's not easy being a murderous cyborg
Comedy Commentary Cinema is the consistently funny alternative comedy event that leaves audiences in stitches. They take films which should never have been made and let comedians loose to rip into them in real time. It's not that much different from what many of us have done at home sometime or another, and much like many good ideas, it's the familiar simplicity that makes it such a success.
The film in question this time is Hands Of Steel, a 1986 Italian 'classic' whose release two years after Terminator looks like no coincidence. The plot is described as "A cyborg is programmed to kill a scientist who holds the fate of mankind in his hands. He fails and hides in a diner in a desert run by a woman who likes him. The people who sent him are after him and so is the local arm wrestling champ". Those arm wrestling types are always getting up to no good.
Each event sees two different comedians booked to tear the films apart, and this time around, two big hitters have been added to the bill, namely Michael Connell and Simone Eclair.
Michael Connell has performed several shows in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He has performed to capacity crowds at both the Melbourne Town Hall and Her Majesty's Theatre, during a half time show at Telstra Dome, appeared on television and radio and regularly gigs at some of the best comedy clubs around Australia.
Simone Eclair is unapologetic, opinionated, hard work and tactless. She's hosted her own comedy nights, toured Australia, is a magnificent writer, and is the co-organiser of this year's Bris Funny Fest. Somehow she combines all of this with raising her own kids. Who's the real cyborg here?
With their new venue Saccharomyces Beer Cafe fitting the format far better than the uncomfortable seating of The Milk Factory, it's a great way to get over the Monday blues!