Femmily [meaning: female family, pronunciation: phˈɛmɪlɪ]. Femmily is an ensemble cast of comediennes. In a sense, a women's only group. But gents, wait, hang on, wait a sec', don't leave. Before you get disillusioned, this women's club isn't "women only". As a matter of fact, Femmily welcomes all. Ladies, gents, traditional folk, unconventional folk. The door to this laughter-filled sanctuary, deep in the heart of Melbourne's CBD, wide open. Femmily, extending a hearty welcome to all - yes, including you.
Comprising seven motivated, passionate go-getters, Femmily is a septet of improv' comedy performers. Including (left to right) Caitlyn Staples, Monica Reid, Rebecca Kate, Elizabeth Donald & Megan Mitchell, and (front) Indiana Kiely & Angeline Chan - performing alongside other stand-up comics, collectively fashioning a "diverse showcase". Upon asking Angeline and Elizabeth (during our chat), why they formed Femmily, they explained it was to counter "an unequal balance of men to women, especially when it came to shows".
I'd never actually heard of completely improvised comedy. In fact, mildly discombobulated to learn no composing or workshopping of material takes place beforehand. None? What? I was disconcerted, perturbed, yet curious. In contrast to the hours I'd spent perfecting my George W. Bush impersonation, these comics rely on the moment. Only knowing the show's starting point (or big incident) of the awaiting narrative, then backtracking as they explore the relationships responsible for this big incident. Setting the scenario & location of the story, then trusting each other from there. Impressive.
The product of an invitation distributed via Facebook Messenger, Femmily has already proven itself, despite being in its infancy. And, in my personal opinion, not only because each member is truly committed to this group, but because they're a "tight-knit group". One that genuinely supports each other. Sold out shows, within two years of launching; a real testament to each of these seven's dedication, legwork, plus magnetism and flair. As such, fairly evident Femmily will continue going places. Currently, performing monthly at the Improv Conspiracy Theatre, Femmily are well worth checking out.