#MICF Review Fri 30th March: Girls Night, Tim Fitzhigham, Wanda Sykes, Tom Gleeson Sits Down

Girls Night
☆ ☆ ☆ 1/2
Cath Styles presents a rotating smorgasboard of funny women to tempt your haha bits. I saw Cath as host, Rachel Geary as the timid, laconic yet ultimately acerbic Nance from the Country, Anna Log’s delightfully cynical songs, Linda Beatty’s gorgeous harp work on subverted fairytales, and DeAnne Smith closed with a horrific tale of personal grooming gone terribly wrong that had the group of women sitting behind me talking about it all the way down the street afterwards. Girls Night offers some of the sharpest and best value comedy around.

Tim Fitzhigham – Gambler
☆ ☆ ☆ 1/2
A manic Brit with many bees in his bonnet, Tim has put together a rather fascinating show looking at some of history’s more bizarre bets, as recorded in actual wager books over the centuries. Even better, he has re-enacted some of them and has the photos and footage to prove it. The bets are too eccentric to spoil their idiosyncrasies here, you really should go and listen to them for yourselves.

Wanda Sykes
☆ ☆ ☆
I honestly think I was too tired after the last few intense days to best appreciate this show. Introduced by a short set from Keith Robinson, Wanda strutted and growled and was a very slick performer, perhaps just a little too slick for my tastes. The crowd loved it though, and the faces were happy as they left.

Dom Romeo in conversation with Tom Gleeson – Stand Up Sit Down
Since I have a season ticket, I’m going to this late night show every night for the first week. I’m not giving it a star-rating because I’m too closely involved with it, but if you’re passionate about comedy I reckon you’d be mad to miss your chance to peek behind the scenes with your favourite funny people. Tom talked about learning to let go of scripts and how that made him a stronger performer, writing a book about going to Iraq, and much more. Tomorrow night’s guests are Fear Of A Brown Planet.

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