EYES WIDE OPEN FOR YOUSSEF

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - COMEDY -

Co­me­dian Susie Youssef says au­di­ences should ex­pect some sketchy char­ac­ters, au­di­ence in­ter­ac­tion and an oc­ca­sional dance break from her latest show.

Com­bin­ing sketch and stand-up, Youssef says the show is about “wide eyes and wise guys and wise eyes”.

The Syd­ney co­me­dian will bring the show, along with her fel­low south­ern funny peo­ple, to the Gold Coast this week­end as part of the Syd­ney Com­edy Fes­ti­val Show­case.

Fea­tur­ing a line-up of the fun­ni­est and fresh­est emerg­ing tal­ent, Youssef will be joined by Bart Free­bairn, The Steven­son Exp, Corey White, Cameron Dug­gan, Mike Gold­stein and John Con­way.

Youssef says the show, ti­tled Owl Eyes on You, has el­e­ments that are dif­fer­ent each night “to keep me on my toes and the scripted parts are also so much fun to per­form”.

“It’s very rep­re­sen­ta­tive of who I am now, warts and all. Not ac­tual warts,” she says.

Youssef says Owl Eyes on You is pitched at two kinds of peo­ple.

“Peo­ple who like to laugh with/at the ex­pense of a 30year-old woman who still likes to play pre­tend­sies and dance around, and those who don’t mind laugh­ing at them­selves.

“It’s a sketch com­edy and stand-up show about wide eyes and wise guys and wise eyes.”

Youssef says the idea came to her through speak­ing to her grand­par­ents.

“The over­ar­ch­ing theme is there is some­one wiser watch­ing you and how you deal with things,” she says.

“I like to think there are wiser eyes watch­ing.”

Of her solo per­for­mance: “It’s re­ally fun and re­ally sat­is­fy­ing, but ... the energy re­ally de­pends on me.”

“I don’t think you ever re­ally get used to it.”

Co­me­dian Susie Youssef’s show is ‘warts and all’.

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