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Last night I went to Glamp Bar and saw Mark McConnell's debut show Washed Up at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Book your tickets here, and make sure you buy an African beer or cider to support YGAP.
A tall bearded man from Ireland is washed up in St Kilda beach sporting a suit and tie to seek a better life in Australia. He struggles with loneliness, living in share houses, getting sober, and dealing with 'Trevor' his inner critic, whilst navigating public transport in Melbourne.
His iPhone4 and Toshiba 2007 laptop are his only companions as he explores the rugged landscape of the Melbourne dating scene in ALDI carparks, and the perils of single dining in back corners of Vietnamese restaurants in Richmond.
This is a dark and funny show and Mark dips his toes into some hot topics like prejudice and racism in Australia. It will be interesting to see how Mark further develops this content over the season. Why not buy Mark a beer and make him feel welcome after the show?
Glamp Bar is an intimate space set above Pole Pole restaurant which are both African inspired venues that support YGAP, a social enterprise that is 'an incubator for social change with the goal to inspire social entrepreneurs to end poverty through youth education and youth leadership'. Funds from the sale of African beers and ciders go towards YGAP's project to assist the children and families of the Kibera slum, on the outskirts of Nairobi Kenya to build a sustainable life. Read more here