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Sunday Buffet - Chicago-Style Improv Show

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by Fiona Anderson (subscribe)
A Melbourne based writer who is a travel junkie, dedicated foodie and emerging photographer.
All you can eat comedy in this delicious show
Sunday Buffet is not, as you might think, an all you can eat extravaganza; instead it is a three-course serve of impromptu comedy served up by the clever crew at The Improv Conspiracy.

Offering improvised comedy shows in various formats four days each week (Thursday to Sunday), The Improv Conspiracy provides inexpensive, unpredictable, and very funny entertainment in its mid city location. With many of its shows running for 45 minutes to an hour, it's easy to dip into a show before or after dinner.

The theatre is also fully licensed meaning you can enjoy a drink to warm you up for the show.

But back to the Sunday Buffet. This is a one-hour show with three independent segments: 'Amelia Bearfart', 'Birdshirt Hemsworth', and 'Matt & Millie'.

Sunday Buffet at The Improv Conspiracy
Amelia Bearfart - comedy turns black when 'laser beams' is the topic

In Amelia Bearfart, the all woman troupe asks the audience for one word to inspire their improv segment. Last night it was 'laser beam' (hey, it's two words, but who's counting?). From that prompt, the audience was treated to a 20 minute segment involving 'live human target shooting', with all characters paying respect to the expert in the field (and cleverly bewigged) 'Colonel Shootemgood'. Things turned 'tense' when Shootemgood realised he'd been given a simulator instead of a real laser, but he turned to water and pleaded retirement from the sport when confronted by the victims, who had been shot in, well, various parts of the anatomy.

Following this was Birdshirt Hemsworth, the group instantly becoming crowd favourites by handing out cupcakes to the audience. Birdshirt Hemsworth performs an improvised funeral service for someone who has died in unusual circumstances - as nominated by the audience. In this case it was 'death by dishwasher'. Obscure it may be, but performer Randy Adeva quickly led the charge, taking on the role of a Chinese entrepreneur standing with his 'son' (Brendan Wan), atop an apartment building and admiring the vista of his property the 'Empire of China'. It seems the son may inherit the empire sooner than expected, with the father's untimely death due to a dishwasher incident; but in an unexpected twist, it seems there may be challengers to the fortune, as there may in fact be many heirs to the estate.

Sunday Buffet at The Improv Conspiracy
Some of the Birdshirt Hemsworth group - won the honours on the night in my book

This was a silly and highly entertaining segment - perhaps the sharpest and most consistent performance of the three on the night.

Finally Matt (Matthew Jackson) and Millie (Holten) took to the stage. Their act involves them travelling in time to an era nominated by the audience (in this case, the Ice Age). Their act is described as 'sweet comedy', and they are sweet to watch, more of a rolling chuckle throughout their segment than thigh slapping guffaws, but they work well together, displaying good synchronicity and clever character portrayals.

Sunday Buffet at The Improv Conspiracy
Matt & Millie - sweet comedy

Sunday Buffet is a fun one-hour show, entertaining, easy to watch, engaging. I recommend you schedule a time to go and check it out.

Sunday Buffet next plays at 7.15pm on Sunday 17th September. Tickets are normally a snap at $5 each, but next month's performance is FREE. So, no excuses, just go and see it. You can find more information about Sunday Buffet here.

The Improv Conspiracy Theatre is located at Level 1, 19 Meyers Place, Melbourne. Check out their full calendar of performances here.

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Why? A thoroughly entertaining hour of improv comedy at a bargain basement price.
When: Monthly on a Sunday (next scheduled show, 17th September 2017)
Where: The Improv Conspiracy Theatre, Level 1, 19 Meyers Place, Melbourne
Cost: FREE in September (check schedule for future shows)
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