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The Listies - Make Some Noise at the Sydney Opera House

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The Listies: Make Some Noise, Sydney Opera House. Photo credit: Daniel Boud.

What does comedy gold look like for kids? If you have no idea, then you should take a squiz at the Listies' show. If you're thinking jokes involving butt cracks, farts, burps and ample jingles and dancing, plenty of audience interaction, flashing lights and gags aplenty - then you're probably already familiar with their work and would agree that these guys know what brings genuine smiles to kids' dials.

The Listies: Make Some Noise, Sydney Opera House. Photo credit: Daniel Boud.

Matt and Rich play so well off each other - Matt is the goofy irresponsible one, addicted to butt crack gags and bodily function jokes, leaving chaos and destruction in his wake, with Rich as the serious indignant one, doing his best to keep his wacky offsider on track, clean and kid-friendly.

The Listies: Make Some Noise, Sydney Opera House. Photo credit: Daniel Boud.

In all honesty, the extreme volume of jokes focussing on bodily functions would likely be considered excessive and unnecessary for most parents' tastes, but that is probably why the kids adore it. And they really do, judging by the raucous laughter reverberating through the auditorium from the very start of the set and up until the echoes of the last applause died away at the end.

The Listies: Make Some Noise, Sydney Opera House. Photo credit: Daniel Boud.

For us, the best part of the show happened when there was audience interaction, which happened many times throughout the fun-packed hour. Because, while adults might heckle, kids can and will say the weirdest, wackiest things in response to very standard questions. You can't fake that spontaneity - and the zany way kids respond brought some genuine freshness and delight that cut through all the slapstick and lingering miasma left by the volume of fart jokes.

The Listies: Make Some Noise, Sydney Opera House. Photo credit: Daniel Boud.

Being carefully crafted for kids, the show hits all the right notes for keeping short attention spans happily occupied and entertained. Loud fun jingles, cartoon-filled PowerPoint presentations, a smoke machine, flashing lights, a water gun and a bass guitar and other colourful props - the show is fast-paced and engages all the senses (apart from the smell - though with the number of fart references I think that sense is adequately represented, albeit virtually rather than in reality).

Give the show a miss if your kids prefer their entertainment to be quiet, structured and predictable. If, on the other hand, they get their kicks from hands on interaction,chaos, noise, flashing light and repeated butt jokes, step right up - this show is for them.

The talent of this pair of comedians cannot be overstated. Our two very different daughters were full of praise for the show afterwards. How Matt and Rich have managed to craft a show that appeals to both our very quiet, serious 12-year old as well as our very loud, slapstick-loving 10-year old is a testament to their skills. The show is advertised as being suitable for anyone over the age of 4. I would concur. The younger kids will happily coast along enjoying the gross-out humour and butt jokes, while the older kids will enjoy some of the slightly more nuanced jokes relying on more general knowledge. I would guess that the sweet spot age range for this show is around 6 - 9 years old - but both my daughters had a blast, and they are older.

Parents are not left out of the fun either. There are references to TV personalities who are probably better known amongst adults than kids, and also some jokes that are a nod to parents for all the gross bodily functions we had to endure in the process of raising babies. Also some songs with references to comedic graphic violence.

Which reminds me - I need to download myself a song off the Listies' listing on Spotify about a bear…

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Why? Develop your kids’ sense of humour from an early age
Where: Sydney Opera House
Cost: $35 - $45
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