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Anthony Menchetti: Ants Pantz
A smash-hit at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. An honest look at parents, dating, fulltime work, gay-conversion schools, and a dad who insists on setting you up with waitresses even though he knows you've an inclination.
This is a lovely little show from an engaging performer who can weave a spell with a story, sing a bit, play keyboard a bit and made the hour pass in a trice.
Anthony Menchetti is from Perth, Western Australia, the most isolated city in the world, where the dominant male culture is that of the bogan a kind of macho chav. Not the place to grow up gay, as his father decided, by sending him to gay conversion school to be 'cured'. This sounds like a tragedy waiting to happen, but told in Anthony's light, dry and unaffected tones it's a very amusing tale, which comprises only part of the show.
He gives us a life in episodes, the school, his daft dad and his crazy notions of import and export, his staunchly Catholic and humourless mother, parental divorce and re-marriage, meeting his first boyfriend, being tracked by a private investigator, the crushing banality of office life and getting fired from a string of menial jobs. Each chapter is separated with a musical sting or an appropriate song, much like inter-titles in a silent film, providing commentary or exposition.
You would think he'd have his work cut out to keep us interested in this low key life, but in fact he paints a vivid picture of the key players, he seems like the calm centre of a whirlwind of eccentrics.
The humour comes from his dispassionate, delicately irritable descriptions of human foibles the office email exchange about the etiquette of capitalisation, and who started it first is gently hilarious and the manner in which he draws the threads together, in an completely unstrained way makes for a quiet and entertaining show. It doesn't set out to be barnstorming stand up and he does a good job of keeping his audience amused.
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