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Published December 8th 2014
Like Your Comedy Fresh, Free and Fruity?
If you like comedy that's off the cuff, unpredictable and topical, then Impro Mafia'sThe Pineapple Club is for you. On the last Friday of every month, four highly skilled improvisers, an MC, and their trusty musician make up sketches, songs, and stories based on audience suggestions and their own quick wits.
The venue is Brisbane Powerhouse's Turbine Platform, which can sometimes suffer from noise pollution, so try arriving a little earlier than the six p.m. start time to grab a good seat. Don't sit at the front if you're super shy, because while you won't be picked on, you may be asked a simple question by the MC such as, "What's your favourite thing to do on the weekend?" in order to inspire the performers' next scene.
That said, after a long month, there's nothing better than relaxing with some Friday drinks and your friends; enjoying a big belly laugh while you marvel at the crazy characters and silly situations Impro Mafia creates. It's always fast paced and full of energy and because everything is made up on the spot, each month's show is unique. In one night you could be treated to a dozen genres as the performers skip from horror to romance, western to sci-fi. A myriad of historical and current events might be parodied and re-enacted right before your eyes. It's all down to what the audience tells the MC they want to see.
Fans of traditional scripted sketches or stand-up comedy might be in for a shock. The style of the show is more like Whose Line is it Anyway for an Australian audience. So expect more narrative, irreverent, dry humour and Aussie sarcasm than the American TV show offers.
Of course, because it's made up, there might be the odd scene that isn't up to par, but it can be just as funny watching the performers' minds in panic mode as it is to see them deliver an Oscar-worthy performance off the cuff.
The show is recommended for ages 15 and up, and is all part of Knock of Fridays at Brisbane Powerhouse. Parking in the vicinity can be challenging, so I recommend taking public transport if you can.