My early career was in teaching, writing, producing and directing for theatre, comedy and impro shows. Now I'm a professional creative person. Mostly high-end branding, strategy, writing, editing and digital content creation.
The Brisbane Powerhouse Theatre pumps a pre-show Supergrass song as your Weekend Notes reviewer hums along and prepares for the unthinkable challenge of reviewing the unreviewable show, Tripod '101 Hits'. As the trio points out in their act, no two shows will be the same, so to review is futile. None the less, the insane will persist in futile pursuits, so here we go.
Upon the stage sits two guitars, a keyboard, a trumpet, and a table with what looks like one of those fancy fondant covered cakes (it is, a gift from a fan) and a wire barrel full of ping pong balls. Tripod's new book '101 Tripod Hits' - a tome filled with their lyrics and guitar tabs - is propped up in full view of the gathering crowd of concert goers.
This isn't your usual comedy gig. Nor is it your usual musical gig. Not only is the audience treated to some of Australia's best comedic minds, not only are they treated to three extremely harmonious singers, funky dancers and accomplished musicians, they are being treated to a unique show.
Tonight, Scod, Yon and Gatesy draw numbered ping pong balls at random from the barrel, refer to the corresponding song in their songbook list, and play whatever song the comedy fates would thrust upon them. Some keen fans have brought their own Bingo cards to play during the show.
Yes, as they say during their set, the guys have changed over the last 20 years of performing together, but as the last song of the night - an audience request - pointed out, these fellas have turned into DILFs, so it's not all bad. Avoiding fine wine and cheese analogies, Tripod has still got it. In fact maybe they have more 'it' now than ever before. Their harmonies are super tight. Their voices sound so good I wanted to write the word good with extra o's in it just now so you'd read it to yourself in a Barry White voice. Yes.They are that gooooooooooood. The comedy is confidently and deftly delivered, the dance moves are still hot. The jokes hit - even the dad jokes.
Yon jokes he's aged better than the others, Gatesy jokes about their accountant's shonky mathematical skills and Scod drops the best 'dad joke' of the night and steals your reviewer's heart with his sexy DILF-iness. Sigh...
Some of the highlight songs for the evening (not that you'll necessarily hear any of the same ones should you go along to see Tripod, which duh you really should. No seriously, go and book now. I can wait. Book now, pop back, read the rest of this review, and pat yourself on the back for making good choices.) okay tangent over, highlight songs are: Lingering Dad, I Hate Your Family, Hot Dog Man, DILF, and Lonesome Gregarious Cowboy.
Musically speaking, it's great to hear Yon bust out some trumpet during the set, but for my money, Tripod's spine tingling harmonies are sheer audio perfection. So many pleasurable waves of sound wash over and through you as these three powerful voices combine. Then there's the comedy too. It's so comforting as an audience to be in the hands of three performers who know exactly how to work the crowd and who are themselves happy and comfortable on stage.
Just like a good DILF, you know you're in talented, experienced hands and you're sure to have a good time (and still feel respected and valued too). So unsurprisingly, that's exactly what tonight's audience experienced. You're sure to have the same, yet a completely singular experience the night you go, too.