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An hour of well intentioned comedy
Karaoke in the Sun begins with a self-deprecating Liam Ryan admitting to the audience he found himself failing at life. Failing to be happy. So miserable in fact, that even stumbling across a man in Mexico gleefully singing karaoke in the sunshine caused him to smirk in melancholy.
Liam Ryan - Karaoke in the Sun @ Fringe World Festival
His one man stand up then takes you on his journey over the past few years to find the happiness he's been lacking. All the while stopping along the way to share some hilarious failings on his part.
Situated in the Hokkien House – Noodle Palace, the audience is treated to an intimate and engaging venue. The benefit of an audience less than 50 is each member feels connected and the energy in the room is electric. Ryan clearly bounces off the laughter of others so it's no surprise this show is quite lively.
I love stand up that goes beyond a couple of hilarious one liners and this is no different (although the dads in the room will not be left without new material). Ryan candidly shares his battles and provides an all too real account of how he came through, motivating the audience to reflect on their own happiness.
The best thing about this show? It is only an hour of your time, so there is very little room for tired laughter or dull parts. Its 7.15pm finish also allows you plenty of time to explore what else Fringe World Festival has to offer or grab some dinner (OK, let's be honest, some drinks).
The downside? Having the venue in the Central Institute of Technology instantly brought back memories of classroom lectures, so it took me a good 10 minutes to relax into the show.
Tips: Make sure you're not late. It is a fair walk to the Hokkien House and a capacity of 50 gives plenty of (warranted) opportunity for a heckle!
More about Liam Ryan: Ryan has had a successful few years at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival as part of sketch group Watson (Golden Gibbo Nominee MICF 2015, Winner of Best Comedy at the 2014 Melbourne Fringe Festival). His comedy is also featured on Funny or Die, ABC iView and SBS Comedy, and has performed across Australia as a stand up comedian.