Sally J Don and Frida Deguise are The Blonde & The Bombshell. In this stand up show, they promise to share with you their perspective of the Australian culture from the viewpoint of an Aussie and a Lebanese.
In all honesty, when I heard this was a two-woman show, I had hoped this was a comedy duo who were going to be on stage and banter together for the whole 60-minute show. Comedians conversing has become a common trend with popular TV shows such as Have you been paying attention? where quick repartee between funny people is what the modern audience crave for. The pair did come on stage together in the beginning, but quickly one disappeared leaving me wanting more of that on the fly banter.
Whilst the two comedians were on stage, the jesting and energy between them warmed up the crowd, gearing them up for a fun evening. After quick introductions, they moved on to reading out some not so positive responses to their social media handles about the show. Comedians reputing their haters during their show is quite a common occurrence nowadays and always proves to be entertaining. Their ability to create mockery towards their cynics at lightning speed provided some great comical moments on the night.
Once the jeering was all done and dusted, Deguise excused herself and Sally J was the first to start her solo show. Clearly 'The Blonde" in the show, she quickly reveals she is an actress turned comedian and whips through her life as being typecast in her acting career, then rapidly moves onto her life now as an expecting mother and not shy about how easily she can get pregnant, warning the men in the first row to maybe close their legs cause a look might sometimes be enough to knock her up. Her life as a self-proclaimed privileged white Australian provides endless material and laughter on the night.
In contrast, Deguise's material focuses on her life in Australia as a Muslim woman and the stereotypes she has to endure like with jokes about leaving her backpack unattended or sitting in a dormant car a little too long and suddenly being surrounded by security guards who were suspicious of a terrorist attack. Deguise has found her niche and has plenty of material to remain in this domain.The funniest and most memorable joke of the night would have to be about what people think when they see Muslims in headscarves versus Indians; make sure you brace for the not so obviously punchline that was certainly a hit on the night.
The final week of the Melbourne Comedy Festival is here and you still have a few more days to go see The Blonde & the Bombshell at the Victoria Hotel until 22 April. Tickets, show details and accessibility information can be found via the MICF website.