Show type: Edinburgh Fringe 2009
1. Make a list. 2. Cross stuff off. 3. Repeat! Winners: Melbourne Comedy Festival 09 best independent production and Melbourne Fringe 08 Auspicious Arts Award.
List of things that are good about this show:
- The offbeat lists pinned to the wall, giving us something to read as we wait for the show to begin
- The quirky and unique structure, presenting all the material in list form, eg 10 Alternative Ways To Start The Show, List Of Nations It’s OK To Be Racist About
- Matt Kelly, whose wide-eyed, puppyish enthusiasm easily rubs off of the audience, and who is gifted with great comic timing
- Richard Higgins, whose strict deadpan and lightly bullying demeanour is the perfect foil for Matt, in classic double-act formation
- The interaction between 3. and 4., which feels genuine, relaxed and just a little unpredictable, meaning proceedings border on anarchy without ever fully embracing it
- A nice sense of low-fi amateurism in the many props that litter the stage
- The following sketches, especially: the analysis of bad-stand up, the home-made James Bond title sequence, the fruity puns.
List of things that aren’t so good:
- Overegging some weak gags such as the double entendre on ‘coming’, even when done tongue-in-cheek, feels forced.
- A couple of very old gags, starting with the opening line
- Could be pacier. They’re already quite brisk, but sometimes get indulgent when the unique format would enable them to really crank out the jokes.
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett
Melbourne, April 2008.