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Rowan Thambar: 23 at The Butterfly Club

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by Emma Ullah (subscribe)
Digital Content Editor | Culture Writer @emma_ullah // www.emmaullah.com
Published May 22nd 2018
Littered with satirical song and quick-witted humour, Rowan Thambar's 23 is an intelligent mockery of the millennial existence.

Nominated for Best Comedy at the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2017, Thambar has certainly cemented himself in the Australian comedy scene.



His latest debut, 23, named after his age, strings together a series of musical interludes, as we collectively ridicule our 'dire' lives while Thambar playfully comments on today's socio-cultural trends.

It's all in there, from what makes the waviest boomerang (street code for cool) to the colour choices behind our emojis come on, we all know a white person who loves to use the brown peace sign, and who can blame 'em, when cultural appropriation is now widely considered the norm.

23 is an a-class act, as Thambar nonchalantly uses his musical talent to draw upon cultural identity, diversity and the digital age with its so-called dumbing down effect. He is a tongue-in-cheek lyrical genius and a dab hand at the piano. What a comedic way to reflect on deeper issues including drug trafficking, murder, the refugee crisis and most notably the plastic crisis.

But seriously, taking the above tribulations of modern day life into consideration, it's no wonder why the youth of today aren't happy. An office job you say? A 40-hour week office job, only to find it's not the dream job mummy and daddy so kindly reassured us of? The struggle is real. What a shame we can't all be like Malala.

Cleverly using our own world against us, Thambar puts our tragic worries into perspective. You can't pay for Pringles on card? It's not the end of the world. 23 allows us to laugh at ourselves and take away a little light-hearted self-reflection. Despite many receding hairline jokes, Thambar is a spring chicken millennial that has enough pulling power to tickle audiences of any age, race or gender.
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When: May 21-26
Where: The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Pl, Melbourne
Cost: $25-34
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