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Lauren Bok: Between a Bok and a Hard Place - Fringe World Review

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Fringeworld act, sassy, funny and charming
Melbourne comedian Lauren Bok engaged with the audience within minutes of getting on the stage at the intimate Supper Room at the Perth Town Hall for the opening night of her Fringe show.

First she asked an audience member to take possession of an envelope marked In Case of Emergency; then she had a little drumming session with two ladies in the front row with drumsticks to Abba's Honey I'm Still Free; and finally proceeded to tell us what her one hour stand-up comedy show was all about.

Lauren Bok
Lauren Bok at the Supper Room at the Perth Town Hall. Image supplied.

"It's a show about making a show," she explains.

"There are four things you need to make a show a title, a blurb, an image and talent."

The tile of her show Lauren Bok: Between a Bok and a Hard Place came about as the result of a competition.

It could have been a very different title and so we are shown on a screen what it could have been and asked to clap loudly for the ones we like.

What about The Bok O'Clock? or The Hunt for Red Boktober? What about R U B O-K? Or Bokky Mc Bokface?

There was much clapping to R U B O-K and much laughter to Bokky Mc Bokface.

Bok uses music, mime and paper plates in her act but what engages the audience the most is her raw tales of an Indian trip with her then partner and a realisation that she wants to do stand-up comedy after a year as a teacher.

The contents of the envelope? Well, you will just have to watch the show.

And what do you do when you have a heckler in the audience who likes to make comment? Bok handled the interaction like a pro at one time explaining to the young lady in the audience that it was her show and that she had the mic!

Bok is comfortable in front of an audience sassy, funny and charming.

She has had lots of practice - her award-winning debut solo show Is That a Burrito in Your Pocket or Are You Just Happy You Have a Burrito toured Edinburgh Fringe, Perth Fringe World, Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival and The Anywhere Festival from 2015-2017.

Bok's show runs until Sunday February 18 with tickets and more information at Fringeworld.

The venue is the Supper Room at the Perth Town Hall, presented by The Lucky Cat, cnr Hay St and Barrack St, Perth.
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Why? To find out about the show behind the show.
When: until Sunday February 18 - 8.45pm (50 minute show)
Where: Supper Room at the Perth Town Hall, presented by The Lucky Cat, Hay St and Barrack St, Perth WA
Cost: $25
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