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'When We Were Idiots' - A Walking Tour with Xavier Toby

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by Yvette Chapman (subscribe)
Thirty something girl, originally from Sydney but Brisbane is home now. Eats, drinks, socialises, watches art-house, studies the stars, and loves music. I'm a professional copywriter and editor. Hearts writing things.
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If you're interested in seeing stand-up comedy of a different kind, grab a ticket to 'When We Were Idiots' — a non-traditional, 90 minute street comedy routine that is literally performed 'on the go'.

The walking comedy tour has been travelling around Australia as part of the 2013 Anywhere Theatre Festival, and is now on its Brisbane leg. You'll meet at Brew Cafe & Wine Bar in the Queen Street Mall and join engaging compere Xavier Toby as he dons a penguin suit and takes you on a tour of the city, opening your eyes to the ridiculousness of life as we know it.

Set in the year 2113, you'll be cast back to the year 2013 to witness the quirky dysfunction and wacky consumerism that flavours our modern day existence. Looking back from the future removes us far away from today so we can look back and see what idiots we were, amputating the old adage that ignorance is bliss!

You'll be decked out in lairy, high-visibility vests as you meander the streets of Brisbane; audience participation is highly encouraged. The general public also become unknowing actors in this improv routine, which adds another dimension of hilarity.

Toby combines a little history of the area with a satire of modern day literature, clothing, technology, social media, fast food, advertising, politics, town planning and everything in between. He may ask you to hold your head during the show because some of the facts he divulges have been known to "cause people's heads to explode". In that sense, a dead person would be pretty useless because how are they going to "tweet 140 characters of rubbish".

This is different to most comedy gigs I've seen because the humour is much cleaner. Toby is adept at tailoring content for a diverse range of ages, with amusing references to 50 Shades of Grey, Justin Bieber and Twilight to name just a few. If you're expecting a routine that is rife with lewd stereotypes, political incorrectness and sexual innuendo then this isn't the show for you, but if you're looking for a routine the whole family can enjoy – why not take your teenagers with you? Children can attend but parental guidance is recommended.

When We Were Idiots' sessions run from Sunday 12 May to Sunday 19 May at 5.30pm daily, plus there are two additional sessions at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $15-$20 but groups fill up fast. Tours will go ahead whatever the weather conditions.

If you're looking for a satire of the modern world, Xavier Toby has it covered. You'll walk away from the show with a souvenir postcard and bookmark… and a better understanding about the stupidity of the modern world and the foibles of us mere mortals.
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When: Sun 12 to Sun 19 May @ 5:30pm, with extra tours on Sun 12, Sat 18 & Sun 19 May @ 2:00pm.
Where: Walking Tour Starting Point: Brew Cafe & Wine Bar
Cost: $20/$15 - Strictly limited capacity
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