Variety shows are perfect for those who are time poor or have recently been introduced to the Fringe Festival.
Strange People Comedy Club is one such variety show with a range of comedic acts hosted by James Hancox.
From the beginning this show had me in fits of laughter starting when James the host couldn’t make it to the stage because his microphone lead wasn’t long enough!
In stepped a helpful member of the audience who grabs a microphone off stage and assists him to finally make it to the stage.
This is the essence of Fringe – lots of laughs – lots of audience participation – lots of talented artists. The other thing I love is the wide variety of ages who come to see the shows it just gives the whole festival such a great fun vibe.
Some of this week’s lineup included French mime artist Henry Maynard who depicts waiting for the metro and when the train finally arrives the whole audience gets on board. Suddenly he becomes the ticket inspector and we all have to bribe him with beer and the like, as no one of course has a ticket…but for one passenger the ride is well… over.
Another of the performers’ Joey Page had me in stitches just by how he was dressed in a pink suit (if you would like that effect you can purchase it from here https://au.riverisland.com/p/pink-skinny-fit-suit-jacket-299131).
He kept everyone laughing with an excellent stand-up routine and my favourite line was, “I’m quite rock n’ roll… I wouldn’t throw a TV out the hotel room window, but I’d throw the remote.”
The host James returns with a game show for the audience to play along with and the major prize is a packet of Werther’s Originals, it was hilarious.
Private Inspector Butt Kapinsky presents the final act with a murder mystery. This skit was all about audience participation as she worked the audience, no one could escape her interrogation lamp as she cast a light on as many people as possible getting them in the hot seat. Her act just kept the laughs going to the end of the show.
James Hancox brings together a hilarious selection of comedic acts each week providing a good variety of performers whose talent keep the laughs coming.
Hecklers be wary, he has scarily good hearing and even better wit so if you love a heckle beware he has no hesitations in giving you a serve back – all in a good fringe fun way!
Strange People Comedy Club
Friday and Saturday nights during Fringe World at 10.35pm
The Palace Society at 1907 Palace
Click here to book tickets: https://fringeworld.com.au/