In this coming-of-age cabaret comedy McLean shares with us the amusing, uncomfortable and sometimes scary encounters from his adventure, proving to be a multitalented performer.
His skills at the piano evident as he sings the 'hospitality blues' of long hours spent waiting on the drunk and disorderly, as well as undertaking an instrumental duet with his beloved cat. He is also responsible for the voiceovers of a Dame Edna-esque sounding grandmother and a God like conscience that questions some of his more reckless decisions.
Brimming with confidence Mclean is endearing, likeable and very funny. Much like an entertaining dinner party host recounting one great story after another, he has our complete and utter attention as we joyfully await the punch line of each humorous tale.
After a sell-out season at this year's Adelaide Fringe Festival, McLean has worked with award-winning comedy and cabaret director, Wes Snelling, to cleverly localise the content for Melbourne audiences. Through his impressions we are introduced to an ensemble cast of hilarious virtual characters including senior swingers in Fitzroy, donation seeking paedophiles and other undesirables that emerge in St Kilda only after 11pm.
Like all great venues in the culture capital, Melbourne's home of comedy, cabaret and cocktails can be found down a bin filled lane, up an unassuming stairway which leads to one very cool location. The kitsch filled Butterfly Club houses an eccentric collection of knick-knacks and memorabilia that has to be seen to be believed. Performing in this small, yet delightful, intimate theatre works in McLean's favour, showcasing his natural interaction with the audience and without any sign of nerves.
From the dark and quirky laneways of Melbourne shines a bright new comedic star who, as it turns out, is big enough and ugly enough to hold his own on the stage.