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Who’s funnier, Aussies or Poms?
My heart sank as I entered The Court's beer garden to strains of the Barmy Army theme tune and saw the huge screen sporting a cricket photo and the set of stumps. Why? I hate cricket and have done ever since I was a kid when I was dragged along every weekend to watch my brother play for the local team.
Leo Kearse performing at The Ashes: Comedy Showdown
I know the cricket theme wasn't surprising giving the title of the show is 'The Ashes', but the blurb had assured me that no knowledge of cricket was necessary. I needn't have worried though, as once the action started there was very little mention of the sport, despite a couple of Barmy Army supporters heckling from the front row.
The show was nominated for Best Comedy Show at Fringe World in 2016 and is described as: 'Australia's top comedians take on England's best in a five test comedy series to claim the Comedy Ashes'. There were nine professional comedians involved; the captain of the English team, Dan Willis, also acted as the MC, while the other eight comedians, were split into two teams (England and Australia).
Wayne Deacon had the audience in stitches with his observations on England and Australia
The format was that each comedian took the floor for seven minutes and the crowd's reaction to their jokes was measured on a 'laughometer'. Their scores (runs) were then added up to determine which team would win the first test.
The urn apparently holds the ashes of flyers from the last show which they were too lazy to deliver but is still a highly sought after prize. The Comedy Ashes were last won by England in Edinburgh. Who would win the first test in Perth?
The comedians on the English team were Troy Hawke, Carey Marx, Umah Azad (who was also the umpire) and Leo Kearse. The Australian team consisted of Mick Neven (Captain), Jezz Watts, Mickey D and Wayne Deacon. Between them, they covered a broad range of topics including tattoos, religion, racism, sex, bodily functions, differences between Poms and Aussies, and, of course, cricket. Having a foot in both camps, I didn't mind which team won and found all the comedians, except for one, hilarious.
L to R: Dan Willis (English Captain), Umah Azad (umpire), Mick Neven (Australian Captain)
After the first round the Aussies were in front by three runs, but eventually, the Poms came through to win the first 'test' by six runs. With such a close contest this will be an exciting show to decide which country is the funniest and wins the coveted Comedy Ashes. Don't miss it.