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What could be funnier than women and superannuation?
I brought my 60-year-old mother to your comedy show - her first Fringe event - and you made her cry.
Here's the backstory:
We talk Nan into coming to Fringe. She's not sure - she's a total introvert, has a little boy to look after, and has to work the next day. But we woo her with the promise of a double education whammy - first you and money, second Fringe Wives Club and anatomy. She's in.
My mother is a committed teacher of Education Support, foster mother, and certified best Grandma in the world. I know this is true as she not only packs my three children's lunches every single day, but she also pays for the eldest one's schooling. Why? Well, my story is a little like the one you told at the end of your show.
Oh. And so is hers.
And just to up the ante, my 15-year-old daughter wants to come along. She's interested in how to build a business, a life, she wants to know why I am panicked about not having enough superannuation and why it was such a celebration that I paid my first voluntary contributions from my business last year. When I was 39. Who is privately educated but so far has never learned about taxes, superannuation, or finances - apart from what little wisdom I've passed down to her.
So, Nan doesn't really do 'going out' - but we got her a Vodka and brought her to your show and why is any of this relevant if I'm meant to be reviewing a stand-up comedy show that's meant to be all about you?
Because your show was all about us.
The women in the audience who gasped, nodded in empathy, looked with worry at each other when you reeled off another alarming statistic about women and careers and superannuation. And your show IS about my mum. 60 years old, working full time, raising another child, who paid my private school fees alone, who sent me to University and around the world, who doesn't yet own her house, who is now helping me educate my children. (And packing lunches, because she didn't want to feel "redundant" in their lives!)
How you combined hilarity, life-lessons, and a big old slap in the reason is incredible.
I think you should be a requisite learning in schools.
P.S. We hope you get that email from the ABC soon, too.
Elizabeth Davie is a comedian, performer and writer. She has created comedy shows for the Melbourne Fringe and Comedy Festivals and written and performed in Channel 31 comedy TV shows. Super Woman Money Program is a comedy about money, feminism and power ballads, inspired by an email Elizabeth received from her super company - suggesting I tackle the gender super gap by buying cheaper makeup, reusing my tea bags and avoiding divorce. Elizabeth studied clowning and performance instead of buying a house or investing in superannuation. By buying a ticket to one of her shows you can not only learn something, but help her realise that clown school was a decent investment.