Saturday, 7 April 2018

Honk Honk Honk Honk Honk - Melbourne International Comedy Festival review

Before you even take your seat, Tom Walker has already started his show where he invites audience members to play a computer game that he has created. One in which you play as Walker's head, welcoming every single audience member and the dreaded dark cloud that are reviewers, grab those five star reviews and battle your way through the audience to a glorious standing ovation. While the game could do with a bit of work, Honk Honk Honk Honk Honk is a winner, and everything you'd come to expect - or not expect - from Walker and his weirdly wonderful humour.

Walker's mind seems to operate at incredible speeds and there's barely a moment for us to register what's just happened before he ends an act, discards the prop and moves on the next one. Knives are literally thrown across the stage and the next act begins before the knife has even hit the floor. It keeps us engaged and adds elements of surprise and disbelief along the way.

A particular highlight is when the audience is instructed to close and open their eyes when they hear a bell ring. While it's obvious what's coming, it is still hilarious to watch and this is where Walker's charm and attitude make it so much more joyful to experience. He clearly loves what he does and his enthusiasm and energy are infectious as it spreads throughout the entire room. 

Honk Honk Honk Honk Honk is a perfect show to escape the harsh realities of life. It is also a great insight into how Walker operates and it would be absolutely mind-blowing to spend a day inside his head and see just how he interacts with every day objects and situations. If everyone took the time to see the world through Walker's eyes...ok so it would probably lead to immediate chaos and destruction but at least we would be having some damn good laughs as the world crumbled away. 

Venue: ACMI, Federation Square
Season:
Until 22 April | Tues- Sat 9:30pm, Sun 8:30pm
Length:
60 minutes
Tickets:
$26- 29 Full | $24 Conc and Tightarse Tuesday
Bookings:
MICF website

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