Monday, March 28, 2016

Review: Silent Comedy Festival

Like with the silent disco the audience are all wearing headphones. To make the concept come alive the audience is situated in a public space so that people without a ticket can see but not hear what is going on. For this show it is in the outside bar at Arbory on the banks of the Yarra (bring a jacket). Although listening in a rather private manner – headphones on – it is a uniquely bonding experience as the audience are like an exclusive club.

The show consists of an emcee and three comedians each doing approximately 15 minutes of material. The line up will change every night.

Tonight I had the great pleasure of hearing Yianni Agislaou who completely smashed it, including some great jokes for the PSA officers at Flinders Street Station who were handed headphones to listen in for a few minutes.

Returning for his second festival is Sam Taunton performing in this years Comedy Zone. It is easy to see why he was a finalist in Raw Comedy in 2015.

The final performer for my show was Umit Bali performing in “Aussie at Last” in this year’s festival. He makes some very entertaining observations about being a Bali born Indian with a Turkish name living in Australia.

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