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Marty Putz: 'Very Weird and Slightly Dangerous' - Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2014

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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Kids should love this school holiday fun
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Marty Putz 'Very Weird and Slightly Dangerous', is a family show on during the school holidays. The show is also part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

I took an eight year old along with me. As well as enjoying her company it was also great to get a child's perspective on Putz's antics.

By my estimation it seemed like heaps of old-fashioned fun and it was great to hear so many young kids squealing with delight.

Putz is obviously a great inventor with lots of fantastical body extension bits that he's formulated in his workshop. Officially he is known as a 'prop-comic" Think blow up body suits, extending arms and giant baseball glove heads here.

He encourages lots of audience participation. He starts off by just getting people to increase their volume when calling out, but before long his audience are making weird animal sounds and clamouring to be on stage with him. His vitality is infectious.

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There seemed a few issues that need attending to. There was a lull about three quarters of the way through and I wondered how he was going to bring on the grand finale which everyone expects from a comedy show.

But he brought off the amazing ending with aplomb. What this guy can do with a bag of marshmallows defies the imagination.

I also thought there was a bit of over-political-correctness. Australian kids who have grown up on a diet of writers such as Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton, don't need to know that a toy hamster was unharmed when catapulted through the air.

Putz also seemed ever-so-slightly hesitant at times (wondering which prop to use next). I gather it is a fairly new routine and he has been busy creating amazing gadgets. No doubt these issues will be ironed out before you go and see him.

Marty struck me as a seasoned performer who had been around enough blocks to know what does and doesn't work with young audiences. In fact, his rapport with everyone in the audience, adults and children alike, was what made this such a fantastic show.

My young friend, Sarah, gave it 4 out of 5. She thought that the peppy music at the start went on for a little too long while she had to wait for all the fun to begin.

I'd probably up her score to 4.5 as it was great to see kids having such fun and laughing themselves silly.

Sarah and I had an interesting discussion on the way home.

Me: What did you think of the blow up suit when Marty was pretending to be Elvis?

Sarah: Who's Elvis?

Me: With all those gadgets he seemed just like Inspector Gadget?

Sarah: Who's Gadget?

So while Marty has been around the block a few times some of his visual gags aren't always age appropriate for those who are just starting out on their journey.

But on the whole this is a great old-fashioned laugh-a-minute show. Thoroughly recommend Marty Putz 'Very Weird and Slightly Dangerous' for good, clean, comic fun.

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*Nadine Cresswell-Myatt was invited as a guest
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Why? Marty's show is loads of family fun
When: 8-19 Apr Tue-Thu 2.30pm Sat 5.30pm 60 minutes
Phone: Ticketmaster 1300 660 013 or tickets at door
Where: The Famous Spiegeltent at Federation Square
Cost: $15 - $28
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