Sunday 14 April 2019

Chipper - Melbourne International Comedy Festival review

Whenever Kirsty Webeck begins to tell you a story you're never quite sure how it's going to turn out, but one thing is certain: it's going to get weird. Not weird in the freak out way but weird in the "it could only happy to Kirsty" weird. It's like she - and anything or anyone that comes in contact with her - is destined to have these random encounters that are then shared with strangers every night. Her new Melbourne International Comedy Festival show Chipper, is no exception.

Webeck has been in a relationship for two years now and while this show is not about relationships, many of the stories stem from being in one. What do you do when your partner is from New Zealand and uses the New Zealand word to describe an item of footwear? How drastically does life change when you move from the cool North side of Melbourne to the dreaded South? And where should you stay when your partner's family come to visit? Through hilarious personal experiences, Webeck answers all these questions with her unique perspective on life and precision comedy timing.

Everything she says links back and even a fleeting comment makes a reappearance ten minutes later and you see exactly why Webeck has put it there. Stand-up is not simply going up on stage and spouting punch-lines. It's the ability to grab an entire room's interest and tell them stories that tie in to a larger theme. They all need to flow on from one to the other but they need to be different too. Webeck has nailed this and her show delivers on the laughs and also the shrieks when we recognise ourselves in her stories - white goods do become more exciting the older we get!

Chipper doesn't concern itself with making some grand revelation or demanding anything from its audience. Its sole purpose is to make people laugh and that it does exceptionally well. Webeck might be chipper, but you can't help walking out of that room feeling elated after seeing Chipper. She may be big in Bendigo, but it's only a matter of time - and alomst overdue - until Webeck is big in Melbourne too.


Venue: The Imperial Hotel, 2 Bourke St., Melbourne
Season: until 21 April, 7:30pm
Length: 50 minutes 
Tickets: $28.30 Full | $23.30 Conc and Tightarse Tuesday
Bookings: MICF website

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