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Witty, refreshing and energetic sketch comedy
Woah, Alyssa! 2 is an hour-long sketch comedy show by Woah, Alyssa! (Colwyn Buckland and Filip Lescaut). It is a sequel to Woah, Alyssa! 1, which I wish I could go back in time and watch, based on how delightful the sequel was.
Buckland and Lescaut are a charming, talented and highly energetic sketch comedy duo who effortlessly translate everyday life into comedy gold. Aptly subtitled "queer comedy for normies", their humorous takes on everyday gay life were particularly refreshing. Their sweet, witty and varied sketches had the audience squealing with laughter from beginning to end.
Their shows at the Midsumma Festival (24 & 25 January 2019) were performed at Hares & Hyenas, a lovely bookshop and performance space in Fitzroy. Their stage setup was simple, comprised of two small white boxes that doubled up as seats as well as cabinets to store props and costumes. The props and costumes were eye-catching and effective, perfectly suited to the mood and energy of the show.
Every sketch was ultra relatable, drawn from all sorts of everyday experiences - from making decisions about Grill'd charity tokens, to interviewing a potential new housemate, to going for a party and trying to find a place to put your bag. There were a number of song and dance sequences which were all catchy, clever, and thoroughly engaging. Buckland and Lescaut are fantastic dancers, and there were several moments where the energy in the audience was already so high but Lescaut's effortless, delightfully-choreographed moves sent it through the roof.
Every punchline seemed to land, and the sound of laughter rippled through every sketch. The transitions between sketches were as much a part of the performance as the sketches themselves and invited continued laughter on their own merit.
My favourite segment of the show was a couple of sketches where they got "political" - without compromising the lightness of the show even a little. In the first of these sketches, Buckland and Lescaut played two high school boys, one gay and one straight. Their completely delightful, over-the-top portrayals had the audience in splits, and the punchline at the end was perfection. They brilliantly satirized popular stereotypes and made incisive points without coming across as even remotely preachy. This sketch transitioned into their "Father's day" sketch, which while being kinky and sexy, was also characteristically wholesome, and again was an absolute riot.
Buckland and Lescaut are confident and authentic performers who complement each other's performances beautifully, providing contrast at some points and synchronization at others, together putting on a show that is genuinely clever, funny, fast-paced and thoroughly enjoyable.