Posts Tagged ‘comedy


51 Shades of Maggie Muff coming soon to Twelfth Night Theatre


51 Shades of Maggie Muff

– Season Launch

Twelfth Night Theatre

February 18 2014


Attended by Meredith Walker 



Imagine if Christian Grey lived on a housing estate in Manchester? It’s a good housing estate mind you; it’s got a co-op, a 24-hour off-license and a KFC. And he’s a beguiling Mr Grey in that cross-between-Simon-Cowell-and-Peter-Andre type way.


This is the world of Maggie Muff, part Samantha from SATC (self-proclaimed) and part ghetto Barbie. And her tales are very naughty.  Indeed, this is not a show for the prudish and the audience at the launch of its Brisbane season delighted in every rude, crude but very funny reference, for Nikki Briton plays the big, bold Brit with an endearing tongue-in-cheek, animated appeal.


50 shades spoofs have flooded contemporary culture since the erotic trilogy’s runaway success. The show is a page-to-stage transformation in itself, based on Leesa Harker’s novel, 50 Shades of Red, White and Blue.  After sell-out seasons overseas and a record ten-week run in Perth, it is playing a limited season in Brisbane from April 30 as part of Twelfth Night Theatre’s commitment to making people laugh. And though the audience was treated to just a snippet of the show, laugh they did, often to the point of tears.


51 Shades of Maggie Muff looks like a great show to see with a group of friends (it screams girls night out) and a $10 per ticket discount applies for groups of 8 or more. This group rate also applies for Busting Out, which is returning to Twelfth Night in on April 19. Excerpts from the show bookended the launch with one of its stars, Emma Powell, belting out Mammories (a Memory parody) before urging audience members, gospel style, to get on board the titty train and leave behind their worries and pain.




Given their previous successes, these are shows sure to sell out quickly so book early to see what all the fuss is about. And after Maggie Muff, you’ll never look at choc mint ice cream the same way again.




The Naked Magicians


The Naked Magicians

Brisbane Powerhouse & Samuel Klingner Entertainment Enterprises

Brisbane Powerhouse Visy Theatre

Feburary 25 – March 2 2014


Reviewed by Guy Frawley




Settling into my seat for the opening night premiere of The Naked Magicians I was looking forward to the show. After interviewing Chris Wayne the previous day he’d certainly piqued my interest. An interesting combination of comic stand up, magic show and titillating strip tease, The Naked Magicians would appear to be attempting to corner several markets at once. This attempt is generally, if not always, successful but either way, the audience is guaranteed a laugh out loud evening of risque entertainment as the magical duo Chris Wayne and Mike Tyler put their slogan to the test…


Good magicians don’t need sleeves. Great magicians don’t need pants.


After Simon Paynter came up with the original concept, based around his poster of a magician stark naked save for a strategically placed top, Chris Wayne was invited to help flesh out the idea before quickly bringing on board his long time friend, Mike Tyler




Driving home, my date for the evening walked me through how a number of the tricks had been performed. He’s got a sharper eye than I, but fortunately, an explanation didn’t make the boys performance any less impressive. The Naked Magicians is carried entirely by the thoroughly entertaining performance of Wayne and Tyler.


The magic is cool and the magicians are hot but that’s all just icing on the cake. The core of this show is that Chris Wayne and Mike Tyler are great performers, and have an easy rapport with their audience.


In saying that, there is some polishing required, the ‘big reveal’ that was supposed to serve as the climax of the show fell flat through the delivery and the obvious nature of the trick. The Visy is an intimate venue so perhaps they had prepared this with a more distant stage in mind, but when the seams and pop-buttons of Tyler’s jacket were clearly visible every time he turned around there wasn’t any surprise or mystery left in the closing trick.


I loved the affable nature of the show. We really get the feeling that it was conjured on a Brisbane balcony by a couple of mates over many a beverage, and when those mates just happen to be established magicians with a cracking sense of humour then I think you’re probably onto a pretty good thing!


It was great to see the audience enjoying this new show so much and I’ll be interested to see how the tour goes. Discussing the show afterwards with the production team there were whispers regarding future tour dates and if I had a bet on I’d say the guys are onto something. We should expect to see them selling out theatres across the nation with The Naked Magicians.


You’ll have to rustle up some magic of your own if you’re hoping to get tickets for the final show tonight! The run at Brisbane Powerhouse is technically sold out, but if you manage to snag yourself a ticket or two you’re guaranteed to have an entertaining evening.




Jenny Wynter brings A Viking Tale to Brisbane Comedy Festival!


And you can see her new show for FREE just by visiting our Facebook page to let us know that you’d love to catch the 8:45pm show TONIGHT!


You know we love Jenny Wynter!



WINNER Award for Excellence in Cabaret Melbourne Fringe


NOMINEE Victorian Green Room Award Cabaret Writing



Jenny Wynter A Viking Tale

Grab your tribe, bring your best axe and gear up for an hour of comedic pillage!


Jenny Wynter is known for her fiercely funny shows that combine whimsy, stand-up, improvised songs and her wild enthusiasm for the world. In A Viking Tale she invites you to bring your inner warrior to this shamelessly silly one-woman rock opera about finding the viking within.

Here are 5 things you should know about this show:

It’s about vikings.

Jenny gets to dress up as a viking (and so do you!)

It’s a rock opera. A very, very silly rock opera.

It’s directed by Russell Fletcher (of Spontaneous Broadway fame and umpteen other fabulous things)

Musical direction is by Peta Wilson (who you may have seen in about a gazillion brilliant Brissie bands including Fuschia, CucaShop and others, plus in last year’s Wonderland season at Brisbane Comedy Festival).


Jenny says, “It’s always ridiculously nerve-wracking putting together an entirely new show… unlike getting onstage when you’ve already done something so have at least SOME inkling as to how an audience MIGHT react to it, a new show means a leap of faith: namely trusting that the stuff you’ve found amusing in rehearsals will translate and be enjoyed by others and that it’s not just that you were so exhausted by the creative process that anything seemed chuckle-worthy.”


Brisbane Comedy Festival at Brisbane Powerhouse

February 25 – March 3 

Adelaide Fringe Festival at Tuxedo Cat

Friday 14th and Saturday 15th March

To win a double pass to tonight’s 8:45pm show at Brisbane Powerhouse, leave a comment on our Facebook page or tweet us before 5pm.



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The Dark Party


The Dark Party 

Judith Wright Centre

28 – 30 November 2013


Reviewed by Josh Kirwan


Josh has been galavanting around Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast with me doing work experience this week. I thought I’d throw him in the deep end and take him to

a) meet some of the movers and shakers of Queensland theatre (thanks friends, for stopping doing what you do long enough to talk about what you do!)

b) experience a show that might not be to his liking

c) challenge him to get his thoughts together and write a review for us




A trio of melancholic, pathetic hobo clowns discover real laughter, true sorrow and a lot of pain.

Laugh and squirm as they do their worst with all the toys they never got for Christmas – swords, staple guns, angle grinders, rat traps and car batteries.

The Dark Party. It’s sideshow noir to rattle your cage.


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The grim and macabre series of events in The Dark Party had me grinding my teeth down to the gums. In an almost sold out theatre at the Judith Wright Centre, The Dirty Brothers put on their sideshow noir performance called The Dark Party. Full to bursting with crazy ideas and cringe-worthy stunts, I would not advise the weak of stomach to go and see this show.


Admittedly, I must be one of the last people to talk about this show, as it debuted in Melbourne in 2008 and has been presented all over Australia, New Zealand and Europe to packed houses and critical acclaim. One theatre in France even squeezed an extra 100 people into their 800-seat auditorium. Now however, they are back for a three show run at the Judy.


I must say that I’m still not sure whether I enjoyed it or not! Sometimes I just wanted them to stop what they were doing and let me leave, and at other times I was enthralled and wanted them to hurry up and do the stunt so I could see what was going to happen.


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Many from the audience said that they spent much of the time with their eyes closed or hiding behind the chair in front of them and yet I didn’t shut my eyes once. I don’t know if I should be worried by this, but I will admit that I had some kind of sick fascination – I just had to watch what was happening, no matter how awful or painful it was. I suppose that the point of doing stunts like that is to challenge us…and I think some small part of me did enjoy it.


However I don’t think I will ever be able to look at a staple gun, a violin bow or a car battery in the same way ever again! With their sideshow stunts consisting of one fellow stapling flowers to his chest (and tongue!) in lieu of a lei while another plays a saw, one man stabbing himself in the face with a small knife and another lifting up a car battery with his nipples after shocking himself with jumper cables. Did I mention they did the Zorba over mousetraps and rattraps? INSANE is the best word I have in my arsenal to describe these three gentleman.




It has to be said that these three performers, in addition to their amazingly high pain threshold, have a good sense of what they are doing. Megan Hanson put it perfectly when she wrote, “No words are spoken but their facial expressions and movement say it all, achieving a perfect balance of comedy and tragedy. They’re a bit like sad clowns, but with mohawks”. They make us go from wanting to cry when the big guy appears to be pulling himself on a rope attached by a meat hook in his arm, to making us laugh out loud when they invite us to throw ping pong balls at their heads (handed out during the opening of the show) while wearing cones around their necks, imitating the clowns at sideshow alley. This was the ideal method to engage a dubious audience.


It cannot be denied that these three have a good sense of how to please a crowd. While I am fairly certain that most people enjoyed it, I know for a fact that not everyone did. But that is just the way of art/live theatre I suppose; some people will love it and some people will hate it.



Make the trip to experience this performance before it finishes tomorrow (Saturday), even if only so that you can be sure, 100%, that you don’t ever want to see a show like this again.


Rumour Has It return season


What else is happening at The Judy? Plenty! Secure one of the last remaining seats for Adele: Rumour Has It (the return season) 11 -14 December  (you can still get a ticket for the up-late show!), and tonight only, if you can beg or steal a ticket (it’s officially sold out – well done, team!), catch Kupka’s Piano, the final of a series of “expeditions” in 2013.


Taking its name from Bohemian painter František Kupka’s iconic 1909 painting The Piano Keys, Brisbane-based contemporary music ensemble Kupka’s Piano aims to entice audiences into hearing new sounds, new structures, new musical ideas. This ensemble fills a much-needed place in Brisbane’s music scene, profiling the best and latest from European, Australian and international modern art music. If you miss them this time, keep an ear close to the ground next year when they’ll be back!


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Grindr: A Love Story?


Grindr: A Love Story?

Brisbane Powerhouse

October 11 & 12 2013


Reviewed by Guy Frawley


**Spoiler Alert!**


I’ll just go and save you the trouble of wondering, the answer to the question is no. This is a story of many things, most of it terribly entertaining, but there isn’t a love story as far as the eye can see.


Nath Valvo’s (almost) one man show, Grindr: A Love Story?, plays as an hour long introductory ‘how to’ course for the gay relationship app Grindr that’s spiked with anecdotes, introspection and a fair serving of addiction. Along-side what is effectively a stand-up routine Valvo has added enough flamboyant theatrics throughout, that his randomly sudden moments of honest reflection catch you unprepared.


To my initial glance the theatre, at full house capacity (Grindr: A Love Story? sold out before opening), was practically heaving with gay men. So it came as a surprise when Valvo commented several times on the number of women in the audience. But to paraphrase Samantha from SATC the first step on the road to fame is the gays, followed by the girls. Valvo already has a national voice with his current role as a Nova FM presenter but it’s his comedic future that I’ll be keeping my eye on.


His capable assistant throughout the evening, Thomas Jaspers, opens the show in drag as Rhonda Butchmore and steers her initial schtick away from the expected bitchy cattiness into the unexpectedly absurd. Plugging his iphone into the speakers he proceeded to call the Christian Lobby so that the audience, all the while giggling gaily, could leave them a message from God. Immediately after Valvo took over the stage but when we next saw Jaspers he returned to the stage to assist in a practical demonstration by designing a live Grindr profile for an unsuspecting random audience member.


Grindr: A Love Story? Contained a few jokes that fell flat but it was hard to remember for long as Valvo already had the audience shrieking with laughter again in seconds. He’s written a fresh show that all appeared to enjoy and if ticket sales are anything to go by he’s found a niche that’s likely to pay off.



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