Wednesday 9 March 2016

Clara Cupcakes: Hot Patootie - Melbourne International Comedy Festival preview

One of Melbourne's favourite vaudevillian and raconteur returns to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival with another offering of her unique humour and take on life. Yes, Clara Cupcakes is back with one of my favourite show titles in this year's festival, Hot Patootie.

"Hot Patootie
is fun! Like really fun! Well I guess that's all opinion but I have so much fun performing it so I would hope that it's fun for people watching. It's a choose your own adventure style show so the whole audience gets involved which is nice," Clara explains. "It's actually two different shows - Hollywood and Circus. The audience picks which one they want to see and then there are a whole bunch of choices within the show they get to make. I have no idea what the show is going to look like when it starts. That's pretty fun for me!" 

Hot Patootie debuted at Perth Fringe, and Clara admits there were some initial "one-hit wonder" nerves. "Oh gosh it was so nerve racking. I was so worried I would fall victim to second album syndrome. I sat on the floor and cried a whole bunch because I didn't think I could do it. But as soon as I started performing it, all the anxiety feel away. Perth audiences are so lovely and responsive. I could not have asked for a better first run!" 

Clara's list of talents extend to stand-up, impro, burlesque, singing, ukulele playing, circus, and clowning and even then, I'm sure there are more that we have not been exposed to yet. "I'd really like to learn contortion and tap dance! OH OH OH and the singing saw! I am getting lessons this month. I'm so excited!" So really, it's just a matter of time before we see that incorporated into a show! 

Having spent the last twelve months touring the successful The Merchant of Whimsy, which earned her a Golden Gibbo Award nomination at last year's Comedy Festival, can we expect to see things of a similar nature in Hot Patootie? "It's sillier. Much sillier," Clara says. "But silliness with a purpose. I try really hard to make sure there is a heart behind the surreal quirks and quips. Just because it's weird doesn't mean it won't make you feel something." 


If you had to name your child after a vegetable what would it be?
Rutabaga. It sounds kinda charming yet embarrassing for all involved.

Which reality TV show would you most like to appear/compete on?
RuPaul's Drag Race! My contour is getting really good and I'm addicted to lace front wigs.

The most irritating habit I have is making terrible segues and have I told you about the time I went to the cliffs of Mohr in Ireland?

What's a song that sums up for life?
Janet Klein's version of Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl.

During the MICF, I really really really want to
hug David O'Doherty. OH GOD DON'T TELL HIM!

Venue: The Butterfly Club
, 5 Carson Place, Melbourne

Season: 22 March - 3 April | Tues - Sun 8.30pm,
Length: 55 minutes
Tickets: $32 Full | $28 Conc | $25 Tightarse Tuesday
Bookings: MICF website

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