Anthony Salame - One Night Stand: Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Samantha Wilson

Anthony Salame in One Night Stand at the Melbourne International Comdey Festival, is a comedian that is good at what he does, and entertained the audience.
Anthony Salame - One Night Stand: Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Anthony Salame - One Night Stand: Melbourne International Comedy Festival Anthony Salame is not my kind of comedian. Personable, charming, but still delivering a kind of stand up that I do not get. And why would I? I'm a white middle class woman, and Salame is a Lebanese guy from Sydney who specialises in ethnic comedy. And he has a good following at that, from featuring in shows such as Fat Pizza and Swift and Shift Couriers, as well as appearing on The Footy Show. The charm I'm talking about is in the way he relates to his audience. He wasn't having a big night, but the audience was receptive. They also were a major disruption since half of them turned up at different times during the whole act. Salame dealt with this very well, welcoming them without harassing them too much. This extended to his whole act, where his central character was shy and hang-dog, talking about his family and upbringing in the western suburbs of Sydney, Cronulla, rap music, video games and, of course, sex. Salame delivers his act in a series of one liners, and they come pretty quickly, so if you don't pick something up or find something unfunny, he usually comes up with the goods at another time. And there were people in the audience who got a lot of material that I didn't. He also goes through quite a few impressions that are very good - Sylvester Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Al Pacino – but they are very much blink and you'll miss them as he very quickly moves on to new material. Salame is a comedian that is good at what he does, and entertained the audience. He was a little awkward when a joke didn't work, but delivered solid show otherwise. Anthony Salame - One Night Stand: Melbourne International Comedy Festival Date: 7 - 19 April Times: Tue-Sat & Sun 19 7.15pm Duration: 60 minutes Venue: The John Curtin Hotel 29 Lygon St, Carlton Prices: Full $19 Concession $17.50 Group (6 or more) $17.50 Preview $15 Laugh Pack $17.50 Tightarse Tuesday $17.50

About the author

Samantha Wilson is a freelance writer and poet. She also co-founded SNAFU Theatre, and has directed all eight of its productions, including Month of Sundays (2007), The Beginning of the End (2008), and both the Melbourne and Edinburgh Fringe seasons of Murder at Warrabah House (2011).