Saturday, 6 April 2019

What's Wrong With You? - Melbourne International Comedy Festival review

Anne Edmonds has a lot she wants to get off her chest and in 2019, the three time Barry Award nominee returns to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for an hour of new stand-up with What's Wrong With You? This time, she looks at the people and moments that come into our lives for the sole purpose of breaking us down, but Edmonds is not giving in that easily.

There are a range of subjects covered that set Edmonds off, including people who carry plastic bags to put their belongings in instead of backpacks, Pauline Hanson, ukulele players and the Catholic Church. Clearly some are more justified than others but all are just as triggering. However, this isn't a show where Edmonds simply goes through her list of bad people, but it is about looking beyond that and trying to find the humour in something rather than letting it bring forth a rage.

Edmonds is a great storyteller and knows precisely how much information to give to keep us wondering what happens next. She has the ability to have us think she has ended a story but then goes back to it later with further outrageous developments, immediately spreading familiarity around the room and in turn, creating a more relaxed environment for everyone. There is much we can relate to with what she says and while we may not have experienced exactly what she is telling us, we have all experienced something similar which is what make her encounter with Frank a constant onslaught of laughter. 

What's Wrong With You? is a refreshing take on how to be happy and not letting other people, like angry old men and dumb young pretty people get you down. With plenty of laughs and Edmonds' engaging presence, you cannot go wrong with this show.

SHOW DETAILS 

Venue: Melbourne Town Hall, 100 Swanston St, Melbourne
Season: Until 20 April | Tues - Sat 9:45pm, Sun 8:45pm
Length: 60 minutes 
Tickets: $32 - $39 Full | $29 Conc | $25 Tightarse Tuesday
Bookings: MICF website

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