Silli­ness and song at fes­ti­val

Pilbara News - - LIFESYLE - Sophia Con­stan­tine

Red Earths Arts Precinct played host to the highly ac­claimed Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val last week, pro­vid­ing au­di­ences with a feast of com­edy.

The crew rolled into Kar­ratha to per­form over two nights from Thurs­day, June 7, to Fri­day, June 8, be­fore head­ing to Port Hed­land for the last leg of their road tour.

Aus­tralian and In­ter­na­tional acts Ben Knight, Daniel Fer­nan­des, Sam Taun­ton, Steph Tis­dell and MC Dave Cal­lan had crowds in stitches with a blend of stand-up, sketches, satire, silli­ness and songs.

There was no weak link among the per­form­ers, each putting on a lively act that every­one could take some­thing away from.

In­dige­nous co­me­dian Tis­dell, best known for her ob­ser­va­tions which chal­lenge cul­tural stereo­types, was the first co­me­dian to take to the stage, set­ting a pos­i­tive vibe for the night.

Knight, who de­scribed his style of com­edy as “blokey”, closed the evening with a hi­lar­i­ous mu­si­cal, a par­tic­u­lar crowd favourite , cap­tur­ing au­di­ences with his wit and charm.

He said it had been a priv­i­lege to tour along­side a real “mixed bag” of co­me­di­ans and bring com­mu­ni­ties to­gether with high-qual­ity en­ter­tain­ment.

“It’s been good to get out of in­ner-city Mel­bourne and see if your gear ac­tu­ally works out in the ru­ral ar­eas,” he said.

Knight said the Pil­bara au­di­ences were ex­tremely warm and re­cep­tive. “It’s been amaz­ing,” he said. “All the ru­ral gigs have been so much fun.” He said com­edy done well was an ex­pe­ri­ence that was hard to beat.

“The nice thing about com­edy is every­one leaves happy,” he said.

“Com­edy is there purely to make you laugh . . . it gets the en­dor­phins pump­ing.

“It’s bru­tal. Ev­ery­thing is so sub­jec­tive . . . but it’s so hum­bling. “It’s very re­ward­ing.” REAP was a markedly dif­fer­ent venue for the com­edy fes­ti­val’s an­nual Kar­ratha visit, which has for­merly been held on the out­door bas­ket­ball courts at the Leisure­plex.

The precinct’s large in­door the­atre lent a much more pro­fes­sional air to the show, which sev­eral of the co­me­di­ans noted dur­ing their performances.

For more in­for­ma­tion on up­com­ing performances, visit Face­book.com/RedEarthArts Precinct.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

MC Dave Cal­lan at the Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val Road­show..

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