Upstairs at Gleebooks is Sydney’s newest venue for smart and literate comedy: WIT LARGE. On the first Saturday of every month, Gleebooks will play host to the cleverest of comedy clogs…
As the night goes on, callbacks to catchphrases established earlier in the night cascade over each new improvised routine, until you think the whole anarchic romp is going to collapse under the weight of all those puns and sight-gags, but somehow it just keeps on getting funnier and funnier.
During his show Bloustien variously describes himself as middle class, bleeding-heart, pinko leftie, liberal-guilt-tripped, pretentious, ivory tower intellectual etc, to which the obligatory Seinfeldian response springs forth – “not that there’s anything wrong with that”.
Many of last year’s favourites are returning, plus some new treats, all aiming to “make you laugh so hard that it hurts”.
Dave Bloustien is a mulit-award winning comedy writer, stand-up and improvisor. During the Sydney Comedy Festival he will be appearing in his hit festival show The Social Contract and in Theatresports National Championships for the NSW team Man/Raven.
Roundup of preview shows I’ve seen and should have written up ages ago – Tom Ballard, Jarred Keane, Dave Bloustien, Dave Jory, Christina Davis
The last few weeks have seen a smorgasbord of special-guest-spots from comedians testing their festival shows before heading off to Adelaide, where the Fringe Festival kicks off from February 26th. So for those of us who don’t live in Adders, this week is the last chance to catch some of these people around the traps for a month or more.
Tuesday 18th November, Comedy @ Marble Bar, Kitty Flanagan headlining
Thursday 20th November, The Comedy Store, Jamie Kilstein headlining
Comedy @ Marble Bar seems to be developing a nice core of regulars after work on Tuesday evenings, which makes for a pleasant buzz to the room, although they tend to be grinners and chucklers rather than belly-laughers….
Arriving late for The Comedy Store…MickeyD, as MC, was a larrikin maestro, fast-foot-working around the stage while delivering great big dollops of cheeky to approving roars…the featured support act, Dave Jory. His wry observational style punctuated by the lunges for emphasis won her over, and totally cracked up the room. If his cats and my cat ever get a chance to plot together, the human race is doomed…
Headliner Jamie Kilstein was promoted as part of the New York underground scene, which is apparently comedy code for “no, you haven’t seen him on Letterman or Leno” and “yes, he’s all over YouTube” (which is handy for checking him out before going to a show). His material was rather like a distillation of the sharpest left-leaning American political blogs – talking points with a twist – so it was very much my cup of tea…
Date: Monday, October 27, 2008 Time: 8:00pm – 11:00pm Location: BB’S (BAR BONDI) Price: $10 includes free drink (also $20 show & pizza deal) Street: 78 Campbell Pde Bondi City/Town: Sydney, Australia This coming Monday, the fortnightly comedy room across the road from Sydney’s most famous beach offers you the following: This Monday the 27th […]
Updated Tues 24th June It’s coming up to that time of the year again. Officially the dates of this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe are 3rd – 25th August 2008, although there are preview seasons for some shows. They’re taking bookings for shows now. [link] The breakaway Comedy Festival being run by the the four biggest […]