Canadian girl living and loving Melbourne. Mum, freelance writer and chaser of all experiences worth talking about.
Published July 16th 2014
You're guaranteed to have the last laugh
If you've been hankering for some honest to goodness tummy clutching, cheek hurting, almost pants peeing laugh attacks, look no further and head straight to The Last Laugh at the Comedy Club on Collins Street's Athenaeum Theatre on a Friday or Saturday night for a ripping good time.
I went last Saturday night and it was HILARIOUS. It has truly given me a hefty dose of shine and verve all week.
After a hard week of parenting, working and all things 'life maintenance', there's nothing like a satisfying stand up comedy show to bring you right into the moment, into a place of pure joy and levity, enjoying life in every fibre of your body.
The Last Laugh at the Comedy Club in the Athenaeum Theatre on Collins Street in Melbourne's CBD has been the premiere venue for live comedy since 1975. They host renowned Australian and international stand up comedians every weekend, much to the delight of the almost always packed out, humour hungry crowds of Melbourne.
The outside of the Athenaeum Theatre on Collins Street
The Athenaeum Theatre resides on the top floor of the multi story Collins Street building that's a little bit heritage, a little bit charmingly antiquated. Long trestle tables with chairs are packed into the theatre with more seating lining the outer perimeter of the room, with the bar at one end and the stage on another. It all presents as somewhat daggy and a bit rough around the edges but comfortable and open at the same time.
Not an inch to spare in the room, you start to understand why as it nears the 8.30pm show time and the place is busting at the seams with a crowd geared up in anticipation of some beers and some laughs. With the rising hum of the crowd infiltrating the room, it's a got a great, amicable vibe with a strong sense of excitement for what lies ahead.
Bookings for the two and a half hour show are essential. You can do dinner and the show for $45 per person or just the show for $25 per person. Drinks are extra. I did the dinner option and it was pretty good, not ultra gourmet but definitely satisfying. Start with butternut pumpkin soup and choose between chicken schnitzel or roast beef, both served with potatoes and veggies, with yummy cake for dessert.
Not having been to a stand up show in years, I forgot what an intimate, reciprocal experience it really is. The audience is an intrinsic part of the show - you are right there with the comedians as they bravely bear their playful souls. You're on the journey with them and you hold each other in the palm of each other's hands. I'll definitely strive to do it more often. Money is always well spent on this feel good night.
We had three really talented comedians. Firstly the MC, an American comedian in his own right, Jim McDonald. He had a very drawn out, emphasised American accent, making for a super dry delivery of his very funny material. He nailed the delivery of his very relatable stories with great build ups and awesome, goofball style punch lines.
Drew Rokos was next. Definitely a more under the radar kind of humour, slower moving, fewer punch lines but enjoyable nonetheless. Some great blokey humour and lots of good stories drawn from his real life.
My hands down favourite of the night was the feature comedian, the award winning Hannah Gadsby. She knows exactly what to do with a crowd, she was incredible. Her humour was dry and fast and perfect and she had everyone in the room in stitches through her entire routine. Her impersonations, her stories, her hilarious detail, she effortlessly demanded every single one of us to dive in head first. I'd jump at the chance to see her show again.
Great show, great laughs, great experience, absolutely worth it all and more at the Last Laugh Comedy Club.