Hannah Gadsby & Monica Dullard – Lickety Split: Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Friday evening at Port Melbourne’s Gasworks Theatre saw not one but two seasoned Melbourne Comedy Festival Performer’s doing what they do best - in a show titled 'Lickety Split'.
Hannah Gadsby & Monica Dullard – Lickety Split: Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Hannah Gadsby & Monica Dullard – Lickety Split: Melbourne International Comedy Festival Friday evening at Port Melbourne’s Gasworks Theatre saw not one but two seasoned Melbourne Comedy Festival Performer’s doing what they do best - in a show titled Lickety Split.

First up was Tasmanian - Hannah Gadsby, winner of the 2006 Raw Comedy Trophy. Hannah was most definitely firing on all cylinders right from the word go managing to woo the crowd quickly with her slick, deadpan style. I would actually be highly surprised if you were to find any performer with better delivery or comedic timing at this years Festival, she was simply faultless. Her material was also fresh and for the most part very funny as she talked about her low self esteemed issues, life as Lesbian, finding a compatible date by a person’s choice of biscuits, and of course wanting to be a dog! (Sorry I don’t have enough room to explain!).

The highlight for me however was her reading of a story written at the age of 7. Not only was her delivery hilarious it also gave the audience a real insight into her wonderfully bizarre and quirky way of thinking. Not knowing anything about this performer I came away highly impressed. Hannah is steadily building up a strong following of goers and after witnessing her act on Friday I am not surprised. If you see her name advertised anywhere in the future I would not hesitate recommending you buy yourself a ticket to experience her unique talent.

After Hannah Gadsby’s smooth paced style, the initial appearance of the second performer Monica Dullard was a bit of a shock. Monica’s style of delivery is at complete polar opposites to that of her colleague; where as Hannah’s timing and pace was smoother than a Swiss Watch Movement - Monica was like a machine gun firing erratically for an hour. I have to say that I found much of Monica’s material a bit ‘hit and miss’.

There were moments of brilliance without doubt, but it just seemed to me that she needed more work with her overall execution, at times not only forgetting her order of content but also repeating the odd one liner which is not a good thing for a comedian. Monica’s story telling surrounding her father was - I felt - the highlight of her act but as she kept coming back to this subject over and over again even this materiel wore thin toward the end.

Overall I found her performance to be slightly too unpolished and with her thousand mile an hour speech rate, slightly exhausting, and at times difficult to understand. Perhaps it’s because these two comedians are so opposite, that they put them together on the same bill and even though the majority of the crowd were actually there to see Monica it may well have worked better if she had opened the night’s entertainment instead of Hannah.

Before I finish up this review I just wanted to give mention to the venue again; The Gasworks Theatre in Port Melbourne. Though I have visited this facility numerous times to see exhibitions at the various galleries in this complex this was my first time at the Theatre, and it is superb. As well as friendly staff, it also has wonderful community spirit including a Sausage Sizzle between shows, and well priced beverages. The Theatre which holds about 150 people was also extremely well laid out and the sound of high quality overall. I for one will be keeping my eyes and ears open for any future happenings at this fantastic venue

. Hannah Gadsby & Monica Dullard – Lickety Split: Melbourne International Comedy Festival Date: 17 - 18 April Times: Fri-Sat 6.30pm Duration: 60 minutes Venue: Gasworks Arts Park - Gasworks Theatre 21 Graham St, Albert Park Prices: Full $18 Concession $15 Group (10 or more) $15 Bookings: Venue Bookings 9699 3253

Trevor Gager

Monday 20 April, 2009

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Trevor Gager is Company Memberships Manager for ArtsHub.
When he’s not in the office you will find him listening to Bowie, Classical Music, and breaking up fights between his two Cats (Pablo & Andy).