Sunday, April 10, 2016

Review: Nina Conti - In Your Face

Now a regular at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Nina Conti expands on her previous concept of fitting a ventriloquist dummy face-mask to an audience member into a full show involving half a dozen audience members.

The routines involving audience members were wickedly funny. Not only does Conti demonstrate her wonderful abilities as a ventriloquist, but an enviable skills as an improviser.

Despite having some audience participants that were no where near as funny, talented or clever as her, Conti masterfully wrangles them to create a truly uniquely entertaining show.

Her set pieces with “Monkey” draw on some standard ventriloquist dummy tropes but to which Conti brings new twists, surprises and laughs.   The hypnosis piece was genius.

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