Local Canberran. Reluctant member of the Smashed Avo set. Lover of the classics.
Published June 29th 2019
Guaranteed to make you laugh
Following sold-out performances at the Canberra Comedy Festival earlier this year, comedian Frankie McNair brought her debut solo show, Frantasia, back for an encore performance at the Civic Pub, Braddon.
I'm still not exactly sure what I watched. Frantasia was part stand-up, part sketch, part lame dad joke, part witty commentary, part cringey, part counselling session and then some. But while I can't characterise it neatly, I can unequivocally say that I've never seen anything like it before. And I mean that in the best possible way.
For 60 minutes, Frankie shared with us a seemingly random selection of stories and sketches. We met Constable Tooth (literally, a tooth which is a police officer), unpacked her commitment issues and explored what it meant to be pigeonholed as the "fun aunt". This was interspersed with Frankie apologising for her dumb ideas and lame jokes until finally, we reached The Final Joke which, we were told, all good comedy shows needed.
Of course, the stories and sketches were not actually that random and definitely not that dumb (or not all of them, anyway). Behind the self-deprecation – including from a very cool voiceover tool – and talk about what a proper comedy show should have, Frantasia was actually quite clever. And, perhaps most importantly, it felt incredibly authentic. No pretensions whatsoever. Frankie's energy was captivating and the laughs from the crowd frequent and loud.
Frankie now heads to Melbourne. Best of luck to her I say. She's a bright, brave young woman who deserves our support. I for one hope to see her name in lights and look forward to her next gig in Canberra.