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Good comedy says what the audience is thinking
When we entered the room there was one mild mannered character on a very small stage wearing thick glasses. The props consisted of just an old-fashioned phone and a glass of beer. The comedian was pacing the room and checking the dial tone. I guess this was part of the act and it quickly set the scene for much loud laughter during the sketch/impov show.
Matt and Andy explained that the title 'Logistical Nightmare' was a self-fulfilling prophecy. They bandied around a few humorous possible titles for future shows.
In trying to explain the humour in the show to a non-participant, I explained that 93% of communication is through body language. The jokes and sketches were not at all humourous when I tried to retell them. They nailed the art of comedy through body language, appropriate pausing and timing.
I admit I nestled myself in a seat towards the back and in the corner to avoid the predictable awkward audience participation. I was pleasantly surprised to find that there was no audience intimidation tonight, nor was there involuntary participation.
Building on suggestions from the audience Any and Matt created sketches on the spot. I am always impressed by the ability of comedians to improvise so quickly and cleverly. It made me wonder how hard it is to stand up tall on stage without knowing the response by the audience.
This show, which may not be the same as the next show, answers important and trivial questions such as: what is a bulletproof number of kids to having a family? The show made me think more about fruitcake, cream buns and avocados… You have to be there.
The segment called 'Spin the comedian', ends up with the audience theoretically paying the comedians, was the favourite part of the show if the laughter loudness is an indication.
Andy and Matt are approachable young guys and up-and-coming comedians who invited the audience to share a drink with them at the bar. I was one of the audience who was keen to have a quick chat to them and give them some positive feedback and a pat on the back. While doing so I heard nothing but I praise from others chatting to the guys.
Logistical Nightmare is only a one hour show so try to make the time to catch Andy and Matt. It's good old-fashioned humour with modern content partially contributed by audience suggestions. Andy is also hosting another comedy show at this year's Melbourne International Comedy Festival called 'Plenty'. It's a later show and quite different to this one but highly recommended.
About the Boys
Andy is a stand up comedian and writer. He has written for shows such as The Project, Shaun Micallef's Mad As Hell and The Chaser's Media Circus. In 2013, he was a runner up in Melbourne International Comedy Festival's RAW Comedy competition.
Matt is also a stand up comedian and writer. He won Melbourne International Comedy Festival's RAW Comedy in 2014.
They have most recently been writing and starring in a six part sketch series, Australia, Get It Up Ya! (2015).