Last Tuesday saw the arrival of a new comedy night – Shits’N’Giggles. After a month of the comedy festival you’d think Melbourne would be all laughed out – but apparently the city can’t get enough.
MC Lawrence Mooney got things started with tales of suburban life in Brighton and the joys of bringing home fish and chips wrapped in newspaper. It’s all about the small things. He was fun to watch, especially his ad-libbing with the audience. Lawrence introduced each comedian with gusto – Teagan Higginbotham was likeable but also had sharp observations about moving back home. Hung Le blew everyone else away with his spontaneity, charm and positivity.
A half-time game of “What happens next?” made most of the audience clutch their stomachs. A contestant guessed what took place in the second half of a clip. A grieving widow who carries her husband’s urn around does what next? Turns out the woman ate her husband’s ashes. At least the audience member won a jug of beer.
Like any comedy night there is a mix of hits and misses. One comedian couldn’t get anything more than a quiet chuckle from the crowd, to which he replied “that works in conversation.” The venue was about half full and was perhaps too big for a comedy gig. It’s nice when the person sitting next to you is laughing, rather than the person on the other side of the room. But, as the Shits’N’Giggles Facebook page says – “seven comics for zero dollars, how can you say no?”
Shits ‘N’ Giggles is every Tuesday, upstairs at the Lounge
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Author DetailsVan Roberts
Van is a Melbourne freelance writer. She has contributed to Frankie, Time Out, RHUM and The Pluck. A book of poetry will be released soon.
Van spent hours on a typewriter as a child, which gave her a love for the written word. She also has an appreciation for wrestling, tequila and coffee. Van writes a blog, Scribbley-Ness.