Aridhi Anderson is a theatremaker, performer and reviewer based in Melbourne. Check out her work at aridhianderson.com.
Comedy showcase night with diverse voices styles and content
Glitter Bomb Comedy is a monthly showcase featuring a diverse line up of very funny comedians, hosted by the brilliant Charity Werk at The Toff In Town. With an engaging mix of stand up, sketch, music and more on stage, and of course drinks at the bar, it's a great way to spend a Sunday evening without breaking the bank.
The February event packed in a lot, featuring a solid line up of comedians including secret guest star Wil Anderson, whose segment was easily the highlight of the evening. He had the audience in splits with jokes about the country and the city, working dogs and pet dogs, silliness and wordplay. His disarming style and masterful delivery made his performance an absolute showstopper. Other notable performances included Elyce Phillips' ridiculously endearing funeral tribute, which was unpredictable, over the top, and thoroughly entertaining; Anna Piper Scott's incisive stand up segment about her experiences as a trans woman, and Eli Landes' unexpectedly tense and edgy segment where he mused about what's really going on with beached whales, before descending into some pretty deep, dark places. The show also featured performances by the delightfully dry-witted Geraldine Hickey, Josh Earl, Emma Holland, Scout Boxall, charismatic musician Lou Wall, and the sweetly witty Gamze Kirik. Several of these performers have shows coming up in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and would all be worth a visit.
Drag queen Charity Werk was fantastic as the MC for the evening, and also presented riveting segments of her own (a mix of stand up and music). Her sequined, light-reflective outfit and elaborate makeup certainly helped establish a solid visual presence on stage, but she truly stole the show with her charming anecdotal comedy and skilful use of misdirection. One of the funniest moments for me in the entire evening was when she recounted the time her Instagram account was followed by a Cardinal in the Vatican... You had to be there!
Glitter Bomb Comedy is a show for anyone who loves comedy and wants to experience a variety of performances in a single evening. There's diversity in voice, in performance style, and in content, and you can certainly expect the unexpected. There are a ton of light and silly moments, but not at the cost of intelligent moments, dark moments, or moments of political statements and personal responsibility. It's well balanced though so that even if one or another segment doesn't entirely resonate with someone, there's still bound to be something (actually, a lot) in it for everyone.
The next Glitter Bomb Comedy event is scheduled for Sunday 17 March 2019 at The Toff In Town, 252 Swanston St. The line up has not yet been announced (follow the Glitter Bomb Comedy Facebook page to get updates). But if the February event was anything to go by, it should be a very exciting show - definitely one worth checking out.