Dr Duck General Quacktitioner performs live in The Tickle Pit at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. See more here.
Now The Tickle Pit is a little hard to find, but your best bet is head down Little Bourke Street towards the 'dark end' of town and cross Elizabeth Street, head up past the restaurants until you find Racing Club Lane. Halfway down the lane, you will find a white door that opens to a concrete stairwell and you just need to head up to Level 1. If you get to Queen Street you have wandered too far.
Dr Duck Official Poster
Dr Duck General Quacktitioner provides an eclectic mix of shortform sketch comedy written by Andrew Keen, Dean Watson and Ross Purdy. However, some of the subject content of the sketches was dated and not tailored for a broad general audience. Presenting specific content is always a risk at a large festival, as not everyone will 'get it'. The audience at this performance did not appear to be engaged with the comedy. There were occasional nervous polite laughs, but they appeared perplexed, rather than relaxed.
The Performers of Dr Duck sketch show
The show stars Andrew Keen, Seon Williams, Ross Purdy, Olivia Solomons, Jon Walpole and Eidann Glover who are all good performers, but this work did not play to their strengths. They were well-prepared, rehearsed and choreographed – maybe a little too 'performed' for the audience.
There was little room for improvisation, heckling or audience engagement which made the sketches feel stilted. Everyone goes out to the comedy festival to be entertained and to have a good laugh. Hopefully the content of the work develops as the festival progresses.