It is fitting that in the 30th anniversary year of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival that the first I see is Frank Woodley, an Australian comedy icon whose career started at the very first festival.
30 years on his style of clowning is still steeped in idiocy, word play and astonishing physicality. 30 years on he is still hilariously, laugh out loud funny.
As a clown he does not wear a red nose but he unashamedly loves a cheap costume something that creates the very lose thread to this perfectly crafted ramshackle and deceptively random performance. So much comedy from a paper placemat!
The K-Mart and cricket stories are Woodley at his best before he finishes with his version of Shakespeare.
Be warned however as great as Woodley is a comedy he is equally poor at timekeeping. The 60 minute show lasted 90 minutes - not that it ever felt long, it was 90 minutes of strong laughs - but might become an issue for people planning on seeing more than one show on the same evening.