I love supporting young talent and last night I had an evening of being thoroughly entertained by a group of young blokes who have come together to produce a comedy show called "Masculinity is a Prison." The title itself is a draw card for me so I was interested to see what they would come up with.
They are on again on Monday the 7th of August and Tuesday the 8th so go along and enjoy a couple of drinks at the bar or some food and then sit down to more than an hour of four guys doing their fifteen minutes of comedy. They are MC'ed by a lovely bloke called Sandeep Totlani who set the audience up perfectly for the guys who came on stage and with a deadpan look told us it was always good to be appreciated by white people.
It is a small venue with boho chairs which come from schools and offices and benches which have history and engravings all over them. Last night the venue was full and the audience was very responsive to the guys who came on stage. It's friendly and open and people can relax and have fun, even when sitting in the front row.
The four are Dan Dawson, James Matthews, Ben Hetherington (who also produces it), and Adam Murray. Some of them have other lives; Adam is a roofer but made fun of the fact that unlike other tradies such as sparkies, he cannot be really seriously known as a Roofie, right?
His comedy show stood out as being insightful and on message and he raised a lot of laughs. Dan warned us that not all his jokes would make us laugh because he wasn't being paid enough. Wry and subtle, his humour hit home. He did have a lovely line on shower gels which had everyone laughing. Ben told us about the perils of approaching 30, fatherhood looming and the perils of stereotypes and how to undo them. James introduced us to the Naked Lady Haircut and the Naked Lady Car wash. Successful businesses? James' take on them? You will have to go and find out.
The guys have talent, irreverence and some expletives in equal measure and I love where that takes them on their creative paths to comedy. The one liners, the cringing scenarios, the squirmy bits, the unexpected twists, the ones that have us laughing out loud. It's all there and at $15 a ticket it makes for a lovely affordable night out but also is supportive of them as stand up comedians. We may end up with a whole lot of funny jokes from Dan because he will end up being better paid and more appreciated.
This is part of the Bris Funny Festival which is on from the 2nd to the 20th of August, Comedy from the Brisbane Fringe. So if you want to book tickets and want to have a laugh while hearing the guys explaining their masculine lives and the perceptions that go with them, book your tickets here. Masculinity is a Prison
It is on at 8 pm at The Milk Factory
48 Montague Road South Brisbane Brisbane 4101 MONDAY 7TH AUGUST