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David Massingham: Little Sketch Book of Horrors - Review

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by Jeni Wilson (subscribe)
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The comedian we came back for
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Last year my sister and I swore that if we ever saw David Massingham's name come up in a comedy show, we were going to be the first to get tickets. And here he is again, the man with the trifecta… smart, good looking and funny. In the beginning, David warns that every audience member will be participating but it's pretty mild; we sang songs and recited a line or two. Nothing too scary.

Following his critically-praised 2018 solo debut Sketch Me Like One of Your French Girls, David is back and channelling his inner Vincent Price. At the 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, join this RAW Comedy State Finalist and national improv champion for an interactive storytime session to die for.

This year, David Massingham is presenting A Little Sketch Book of Horrors at the Comedy Festival. It sounds ominous but David (not so spooky) turns the macabre into comical entertainment. Scary themes included ghosts, politics and audience participation. He helps the audience connect to these themes by relating them to well-known songs and TV shows.

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David Massingham


This is a monologue like no other. Stare in awe at this clever and stunning young man with his booming, commanding voice. During the last segment - where he tells a ghostly tale - I swear the room was deadly silent except for the occasional chuckle... it was even a bit scary.

Building on the success of last year's show Sketch Me Like One of Your French Girls, this year's Little Sketch Book of Horrors is also a must-see show. I am a die hard fan now but this is fun and frivolous and like last year will leave you smiling for ages (even when there's no need to!)

If David wasn't a comedian, he could have easily been a storyteller. I couldn't take my eyes off him when he started the horror story. He is the master of manipulating language. Despite the complexity and speed of his tales, he manages to deliver the show seamlessly. My favourite segment was Molly Meldrum's mega-compendium of the best ever song verses. He spotlighted the contradictory nature of words used in different songs. It was very funny.

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David is also a master of characters and voice disguises. He used sound effects, costumes and audience participation very successfully throughout to embellish his stories.

David is different from other comedians, he has oodles of energy and voice projection of a town crier. Be on your toes, his innuendos and sleight of tongue are very clever and easy to miss.

There are hundreds of shows during the comedy festival, how are you going to choose? …. If you are a non-believer you'll have to go and see for yourself. Remember the name - David Massingham. Also part of the improv group The Big Hoo Haa. Enjoy!

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Why? For the funniest night at the Comedy Show
When: 26/03/2019 to 07/04/2019 Mon: 8.45pm – 9.40pm Tue: 8.45pm – 9.40pm Wed: 8.45pm – 9.40pm Thu: 8.45pm – 9.40pm Fri: 8.45pm – 9.40pm Sat: 8.45pm – 9.40pm Sun: 8.45pm – 9.40pm
Phone: 03 9656 9800
Where: Tasma Terrace 6 Parliament Place East Melbourne
Cost: $25 adults, $22 concession
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