Dead & Deader: Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Growing up, I had two fears—public speaking and death. It turns out, according to Beau in Dead & Deader (currently showing at Alley Bar), that these two fears are the most popular fears to have. Since then, I have come to accept that these two things are a part of life whether we like it or not. Beau puts these two fears into perspective—these three performers are facing both those fears—an
Dead & Deader: Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Dead & Deader: Melbourne International Comedy Festival Growing up, I had two fears—public speaking and death. It turns out, according to Beau in Dead & Deader (currently showing at Alley Bar), that these two fears are the most popular fears to have. Since then, I have come to accept that these two things are a part of life whether we like it or not. Beau puts these two fears into perspective—these three performers are facing both those fears—and well, its not so hard. And I have to say, these fresh faces do make it look easy. Max Smith and Beau Fitzpatrick are on an hour-long boat ride with the Grim Reaper, played by Al Harker. The hilarious short video at the beginning of the piece demonstrates the pairs’ inability to escape the touch of Death as they run around the city of Melbourne. The performance opened with a good start, engaging the audience from the moment go. After the video, the two strangers wake up in a boat being steered by the Grim Reaper. After the formalities—that is, double-checking the dead pairs’ names, ages and so on—an exploration of death and the ideas that surround it are dealt with in three very funny individual stand-up pieces by the three characters. The slightly overcrowded room at Alley Bar worked in its favour by creating a more intimate space and heightening the laughter. It was hard to see some of the performance as the seats were flat and needed to be elevated. But the audience didn’t seem too concerned. The comical and solid storyline was engaging and entertaining, so they weren’t distracted by technical inconveniences; they all just laughed—a lot. Jokes about death beds, legacies, our lack of patience in a convenient world, eternity, reasons for going to hell, impersonations of Obama and speaking to God and Satan are all apart of this essentially hilarious investigation of death. Though death and public speaking may not seem any easier to me since seeing the performance, I did snort with laughter numerous times throughout the performance after hearing their creative and comical explanations and ideas on death. I laughed at my very own fear of dying during the piece! There appears to be no way of dodging death, but that doesn’t mean we can’t laugh at it. Dead & Deader: Melbourne International Comedy Festival Dates : 14 - 26 April Times: Tue-Sun 9.30pm Duration: 60 minutes Venue: The Alley Bar, ACDC Lane (off Flinders Lane), Melbourne Prices: Full $18, Concession $15, Group (3 or more) $12, Laugh Pack $12 Licensed venue. Under 18s must be accompanied by a Parent or Legal Guardian.

Kim Zoe Evans

Thursday 16 April, 2009

About the author

Kim Zoe Evans loves to make stuff, from film to writing, to paintings to sand castles. She has completed an Arts degree in Theatre & Drama and Cinema Studies and has a background in Theatre Lighting. Currently completing her Masters in Media, she hopes to combine her passion for travel and the world, with the Creative Arts.