Silliness and song at festival
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.
MC Dave Callan at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow..