A freelance writer and bargain hunter with wanderlust, recently moved to Perth from Brisbane.
Published January 22nd 2017
Whole lot of laughs with Guy Montgomery FRINGE WORLD 2017
FRINGE WORLD 2017 in Perth is certainly not lacking in talent and one of the more refreshing acts from New Zealand, Guy Montgomery is here in Perth for the first time to entertain us with his award winning stand-up comedian act Let's All Get in a Room Together.
Winner of the coveted Billy T Award (2014), Best Newcomer Nomination at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2016 and co-host of the international smash podcast 'The Worst Idea of All Time' (LA Podfest 2015 with over 6 million downloads featuring on AV Club, VICE, BBC4 and the Guardian (UK)), Guy Montgomery has a knack for making bemoaning the everyday funny with good comedic timing, a silly voice, hilarious jokes and a story that has been embellished to maximise its comic potential.
When I attended his show, he definitely delivered what he promised – a captive audience all huddled in a cosy room together (it helped that it was an unusually cold night in Perth). Guy exuded a casual vibe – it felt like some friend at a party telling jokes and it was seamless with a smooth flow. Guy was also quick on his feet, responding to audience remarks and moods incredibly quickly. Topics flowed randomly from political events to childhood nostalgia to making fun of Generation Y and their love for social media so there was something in there for everyone.
Guy fell into comedy when he thought about what he liked doing best and what he was good at and being funny came naturally to him. So now we all get to experience a part of his charm and natural comedic talent through his shows. To find out more about Guy and his first debut in Perth, I asked him a few questions:
1) This is your first time here in Perth. What made you decide to take part in FRINGE WORLD Perth this year?
Guy:Many reasons! As you accurately observed I have never been to Perth and was keen to rectify this oversight on my end. Friends who have been a part of FRINGE WORLD before all said that Perth audiences are outstanding. The third and main reason I am coming is when I visited the Australian Tourism website one of the recommended activities was Crisscrossing the streets to find Perth's small bars. In New Zealand, all residents are made to walk in straight lines to large bars which has grown very tiresome
2) What is Let's All Get in A Room Together about? Guy:It is about my quest to be funny in front of a roomful of strangers. Also, I like the idea of having a show title which gives explicit direction for what I want from an audience, for this show to work I will need other people in the room so why not put it in the title? Originally the title was Let's All Get In a Room Together and Once We Are All in There Could You Please Listen to Me and Laugh at the Moments You Find Funny While Maintaining Respectful Silence Through the Parts You Don't Enjoy? but my producer told me it would be a marketing nightmare and made me look needy. Was she right? I guess we'll never find out.
3) How did you get started in comedy and how long have you been doing this for?
Guy:This will be my sixth year! Holy mackerel - that is longer than I thought. I started in 2012 when all of my friends started moving out of hospitality and into jobs with more regulated hours. I realised I was running out of people to hang out with during the day time which I thought was very uncool. Instead of sabotaging their professional work prospects I decided to save my money, move to Canada and give stand-up comedy a go and I am very glad I did. I spent a year doing every open microphone that would have me in Toronto before my visa ran out and I came back to New Zealand. I have kept on going ever since.
So if you are in need of a laugh, head to the Noodle Palace – Ramen Room at 19 Francis St Northbridge WA from Tuesday the 7th of Feb to Saturday the 11th of Feb at 6.40pm. Opening night tickets cost from $19 and normal shows start from $21. The show runs for about an hour. You can buy tickets from www.fringeworld.com.au. The venue is for adults 18 and it is wheelchair friendly.