COMEDY REVIEW: Wild West Comedy Festival Gala Night

Wild West Comedy Festival Gala Night - The professionalism and entertainment value of five of Perth’s comedians being absolutely on par with any larger comedy festival.
COMEDY REVIEW: Wild West Comedy Festival Gala Night
The Wild West Comedy Festival Gala Night at the Melbourne Hotel was a lot of laughs...the professionalism and entertainment value of five of Perth’s comedians being absolutely on par with any larger comedy festival. But, because this is Perth, where comedy is slowly starting to be recognised by local audiences, we had the privilege of enjoying such talent in a pleasantly intimate (and very comfortable) venue. Jimmy James Eaton, now a well established name in comedy, was our host and MC, full of that loud, blundering wit and an audience winning smile. John Robertson followed with a high energy delivery and – my favourite style of comedy – his incredibly original twists and takes on the ordinary. James De Leo’s brought to the evening a different tone entirely, with a kind of edgy, dead pan intelligence. At first you don’t expect to laugh...and then you do. Then you don’t want to miss a beat. This was followed by the bouncing off the stage Zack Adams. He is like a helium balloon, so weightless, high-strung and excitable to the point of hilarity. Finally we were treated to a performance by the ballsy Ben Russell, with his string of stories that seem so authentic, a window into a life, and whose whole personality seems to beckon the audience to laugh at him/with him. The day after the Wild West Comedy Festival Gala night, I was still so tickled by a few of the jokes that I tried unsuccessfully to share them with friends. That’s when I learnt that these guys are true professionals. I won’t try repeating the jokes again, but I will recommend you go see the real thing next time you get a chance. Wild West Comedy Festival Gala Night Wild West Comedy

Lisette Kaleveld

Monday 16 March, 2009

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Lisette is a Perth-based Arts Hub reviewer.