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STAND-UP co­me­dian and Beckenham res­i­dent Luke Bol­land may not be the world’s big­gest re­al­ity TV fan, but it served as the in­spi­ra­tion for his hit new show.

Af­ter a suc­cess­ful run at Perth Fringe Fes­ti­val, Bol­land’s (Not) The Bach­e­lor Live will re­turn at the Perth Com­edy Fes­ti­val.

Pulling ideas from dat­ing shows, he presents a live and com­pletely un-scripted dat­ing game as three strangers vie for the heart of a lucky bach­e­lor.

Bol­land said the idea be­gan when he had the idea to fix his friend up with a date.

“I’ve got a sin­gle friend who has not been very suc­cess­ful in re­la­tion­ships but is a lovely guy, so I wanted to match him up on stage with a girl,” he said.

“When I pitched it to this friend he said ‘no, I can’t, I’m too shy’, but I’d put all this time into cre­at­ing this show and I thought, ‘well, I may as well just do it with some­one else then’.”

The show in­vokes many of the tried-and-tested sta­ples of the genre, in­clud­ing dat­ing games and per­sonal ques­tions, but serves up one big twist in the form of au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion.

“When the bach­e­lor or bach­e­lorette has picked their sin­gle, I then throw it out to the au­di­ence and ask if there’s any­body in the au­di­ence who thinks they would be a bet­ter match,” he said.

“Then anyone in the au­di­ence has 30 sec­onds to con­vince the bach­e­lor or bach­e­lorette to go on a date with them in­stead.”

Bol­land said the end­ing was al­ways his favourite and had pre­sented some mem­o­rable sit­u­a­tions.

“I had a girl from the au­di­ence have a very emo­tional 30 sec­onds of try­ing to con­vince our bach­e­lorette to play for the other team, which wasn’t suc­cess­ful, but I was im­pressed by the en­thu­si­asm,” he said.

(Not) The Bach­e­lor Live is at The Re­gal Theatre in Su­bi­aco on Fri­day, April 28.

Tick­ets from Tick­etek.

Luke Bol­land is bring­ing his show to the Perth Com­edy Fes­ti­val.

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