Co­me­di­ans take to stage

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Fringe - Laura Pond

LEARN­ING the art of im­prov at its Chicago mecca led sev­eral Perth co­me­di­ans to start their own com­edy group Oh the Hu­man­ity.

Shan­nan Lim, Vidya Rajan, Tye Nor­man and Carolyn Wil­liams trained at the renowned iO Theater and The Sec­ond City in Chicago last year, which have fa­mous funny alumni in­clud­ing Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Mike My­ers and Bill Mur­ray.

After re­turn­ing, they started Oh the Hu­man­ity along with Alexan­der Cir­costa (Floreat), Cather­ine Seed (Wem­b­ley), An­drew Portelli and Man­fred Yon.

The group holds the weekly Sun­daySun­dae at Lazy Susan’s Com­edy Den and has cre­ated two dif­fer­ent shows for Perth’s Fringe World Fes­ti­val - Voices in my Bread: An Im­prov Show and Face­mashNapoleon:ASketchShow.

“We started the company to give all of us per­form­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, show what we’ve learnt and per­form ma­te­rial we’re in­ter­ested in,” Lim said. He said the group took in­spi­ra­tion from the Amer­i­can style of im­prov and sketch com­edy, along with some UK in­flu­ence, but aimed to put their own spin on it.

“Sketch com­edy isn’t done a lot in Perth as far as we know…we feel that there re­ally isn’t any­thing else like us,” he said.

“We all have a lot of am­bi­tion, it’s been quite hec­tic but it’s re­ally fun.”

Fel­low artis­tic di­rec­tor Rajan said they were dif­fer­ent to other im­prov com­edy groups peo­ple may have seen.

“We want to do our own brand of things, I think there’s a gap for our style,” she said.

“We want peo­ple to have a great time and en­joy them­selves; we are ded­i­cated to the art of funny.”

Oh the Hu­man­ity will present Face­mash Napoleon: A Sketch Show on Jan­uary 29 and Fe­bru­ary 1, 5 and 8 and Voices in My Bread: An Im­prov Show on Fe­bru­ary 12, 15, 19 and 22 at Lazy Susan’s Com­edy Den, up­stairs at The Bris­bane Ho­tel, High­gate.

Tick­ets from www.fringe­world.com.au.

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Ac­tors Man­fred Yon, Alexan­der Cir­costa (Floreat), Tye Nor­man, Carolyn Wil­liams, Shan­nan Lim and Cather­ine Seed (Wem­b­ley).

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