Saturday 30 March 2024

The Platonic Human Centipede review (Melbourne International Comedy Festival)

There is no greater gesture to prove your love and loyalty to your bestie, your partner-in-crime, your wingperson, your right-hand man, than by surgically attaching your mouth to their anus. Right? In The Platonic Human Centipede, the sensational duo of Mel & Sam explore the unsung duos of the world and the lengths they would go to, to always allow nothing but the best for each other.

Through an hour of original songs and dance, Mel & Sam search high and low to honour duos that we would expect and some that are quite surprising. There are so many highlights in this show, but the two that are absolutely hysterical are Robert and Bindi Irwin singing to their late father (but with some ulterior motives) and a Willy Wonka and Charlie Bucket reunion years after that fateful Chocolate Factory encounter.

The pair have a knack for sampling a variety of genres into their songs ranging from musical theatre tunes to nursery rhymes to pop bangers and ballads. Their lyrics and choreography are full of pop culture references that showcases the intimate knowledge the two have in making this show. The sound levels in the room do need to be checked however, as their vocals can often be difficult to be heard over their backing music.

A couple of the shorter interlude sketches, like The Simpsons and the two nuns, could do with some reconsideration as they don't seem to have been afforded the same level of thought around purpose than the longer sketches and songs.

Mel & Sam have such a wonderful energy and it's always a joy to see performers like this openly having a fun time. Seeing them laughing and corpsing a bit on stage shows how much fun they are genuinely having together in a room full of strangers. While The Platonic Human Centipede explores odd and formidable pairings, Mel & Sam prove that they themselves are an odd and formidable duo and here's hoping they keep gracing our stages for year to come. 


Venue: The Toff in Town, Lvl 2 Curtain House, 252 Swanston St, Melbourne
 until 14 April | Mon - Sat 9:45pm, Sun 8:45pm
 60 minutes
 $35 Full | $30 Conc | $27 Tightarse Tuesday
Bookings: Melbourne International Comedy Festival

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