Matt Byrne is ready to step into the ring for his 2019 Adelaide Fringe comedy Married At First Fight!
The show, which will take the mickey out of TV reality shows and the world's oldest institution, will take marriage right up the aisle at Maxim's Wine Bar from February 12 to March 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Producer/director Matt Byrne will celebrate 22 years of presenting Fringe comedies with a riotous look at the prospect of marrying at first sight and getting hitched in general.
"Marriage is supposed to be about lifelong commitment but how can you achieve that my marrying the first time you meet?" Byrne said.
"Australia's top-rating reality TV show is a car crash program about people who marry at first sight, with lots of hope and trepidation, but it never ends well.
"Marriage should be the foundation of society but half of our marriages end up in divorce. We look at the concept of marrying a stranger and tying the knot with the whole nation watching.
"Ultimately marriage is a wonderful institution, but who wants to live in an institution?"
Married At First Fight will feature Rose Vallen as world-weary Val Salmon, who has been married seven times, "well, that's all the dwarves covered"; Brad Butvila as professional fiance Barry Bigtime, who has been engaged 15 times "just the one ring"; Amber Platten, as the gorgeous Kylie Cleavage, who wants someone to "love her for her mind"; and Byrne as boring Ron Turning, who lost his wife of 35 years "she said she was going out for the day, I can't find her."
Married At First Fight will celebrate 22 years of Matt Byrne comedies at the Maxim's.
"We rack up 22 years of my crazy comedies by stepping into the house of spouse and writing our own vows," Byrne said. "
"After shows like Barrackers, Pricks, Virgins, Chalkies, PIGS, WAGS, dateless.com, Bogans, The Luv Boat, My Kitchen Fools and Hott Property we now head down the aisle to see what makes two people vow to stay together forever.
"We sing and dance and give the audience an interactive evening where one surprise couple get hitched. We hope we get a great reception!"
All tickets are $25 (plus booking fee).