Rave reviews of Chelsea Zeller's one-woman show, Massive Bitch, preceded her 2-night-run at this year's Sydney Comedy Festival, so I went in with high hopes but very little knowledge about what to expect. It had previously sold out at last year's Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and, on her final night's performance in Sydney, it looked like another sold-out show.
Chelsea Zeller presented to the audience an array of TV personalities and media types, essentially giving us her take on the ridiculous nature of celebrity, ending, spectacularly, with one character literally eating their feelings (if you saw the show, you'll know what I mean).
Unless a politician's actions are completely immoral or thoughtless and their behaviour winds up on The Project, I don't usually follow political news. So the show lost me when Chelsea's characters busted out some political humour. But these were really the only jokes that didn't land for me. Those of you who don't get your political updates from Buzzfeed News or a random person in a passing car who yelled "F**k off, Tony!" out his car window as former PM Tony Abbott gave an interview to a newsreader outside Manly Wharf will be fine with political humour in Massive Bitch.
So many high points from the performance convinced me to follow Chelsea's rise of fame. Her interactions with the audience were humourous without being nasty, her take on a TV psychic (you read that right) was super-hilarious ("tell me your name!", she insists at one point to a bemused audience member) and her impersonation of George Clooney was terrifically inaccurate and ultimately set off my coughing spurts.
Chelsea Zeller's Massive Bitch wasn't anything you haven't already seen in other forms elsewhere, but it was her delivery of each character and the gusto with which she brought all her characters to life is what made the performance a highly entertaining event, and worth all the praise she has and will receive.
Totally keep an eye out for Chelsea Zeller in the future, so that you too can learn the many uses for a length of rope.