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Comedians Explore Right and Wong
Martin Wong image courtesy of Mrs. Wong's Boys
It's a great time to be alive if you love Australian stand-up comedy. Audiences in and around Brisbane really are spoiled, with fun shows on almost every night of the week. One such show is Mrs. Wong's Boys which will be performed as part of the Brisbane Fringe Festival in August.
But don't be fooled by the name of the show, if you head along, you won't be getting a racist version of the TV show Mrs. Brown's Boys despite what the show's press kit might indicate.
Alex Collins image courtesy of Mrs. Wong's Boys
Mrs. Wong's Boys is possibly the dumbest name for possibly the funniest show during this year's Brisbane Fringe Festival. If you find a man dressed as a foul-mouthed elderly Chinese woman intrinsically funny, think grown men doing feminine voices is comedy gold or if you like slapstick with transphobic undertones, this show is not for you - but come anyway," it states.
A quick email to the show's producer confirmed this was in fact, a joke, and the show will instead feature a four comedians - Aaron Pratt, Alex Collins, Ashwin Segkar and Martin Wong – one of which will MC and the other three of which will do punchy 15 minute sets of stand-up.
Ashwin Segkar image courtesy of Mrs. Wong's Boys
Aaron Pratt tells me, "Our stand up sets will make reference to the show name, but it's not a parody of Mrs. Brown's Boys in any way," he adds, "Featuring 3 RAW comedy finalists (and one RAW comedy loser) the show is a fast paced, hilarious and totally worth your time and money."
Aaron Pratt image courtesy of Mrs. Wongs Boys
Aaron Pratt, Alex Collins, Ashwin Segkar and Martin Wong are regulars on the local stand-up scene. Ashwin's style is observational comedy peppered with abstract ideas, while Martin is more edgy and challenging. Being ginger, Alex is used to being laughed at, which is perhaps why his work is derived from his life experiences and observations and affable kiwi Aaron's friendly and down to earth style makes you feel like you're his mate. This cross section of comic styles ought to deliver a show with something for every comedic taste, making it an all-round crowd pleaser.
So if you enjoy a good fun night out with plenty of laughs and you like being able to say, "I saw that guy on stage before he was famous" then get along to Mrs. Wong's Boys during Brisbane Fringe Festival.