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