Sunday 9 April 2023

Net Worth review (Melbourne International Comedy Festival)

When Nicolette Minster googled herself, she discovered that according to NetWorths Ranks she is a 6ft, 30 year old worth $15 million, something which she is not. Up until this point she had been confident that she was the only Nicolette Minster in the world, so she decided to investigate who this person is and then make a comedy show about it, naturally titled Net Worth.

Using a projector with various slides, Minster presents to us "her" NetWorth Ranks profile and takes us through all the information - personal and family details and marital status. She takes each section of the profile and then dissects it and along with some strong detective work (Facebook and google) attempts to track down this Nicolette Minster's husband or siblings.

The structure of Net Worth is well thought out and everything that she mentions for seemingly no particular reason, such as the Neighbours website she designed in her schooling days, ends up having a purpose for being discussed, and adds some surprises and humourous layers to the show. While the jokes do not always land, she remains energised and engaged with the audience for the entire hour. 

Minster has a warm stage presence but presence can only take a show so far. While the format is sound, the jokes and humour don't bring the laughs that this idea should, and could do with a rethink about which ones to keep, which ones to work on and which ones to remove completely.

However, Net Worth is great reminder to be satisfied with how your life is and not how it could be, because looking for the unattainable or the "what if" can lead you to forgetting what is right in front of you. Unless of course, your net worth is $15 million. Then go for that life. Maybe.


Venue: Melbourne Town Hall, 100 Swanston St, Melbourne
Season: until 23 April | Tues - Sat 9pm, Sun 8pm
Length: 55 minutes
Tickets: $30-32 Full | $28 Conc | $25 Tightarse Tuesday
Bookings: Melbourne International Comedy Festival

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