I love a good comedy that draws upon the inner truth within a performer, and to a point where it is not forced or overdone. ‘Little Mountain Goblin’ is about those little aspects of ourselves and our actions that come with being a person — the kind that make good stories that are usually at our expense. The kind we dwell on, that stick with us, and that can bubble to the surface during anxious situations. It’s a great source of material, and a subtle platform that is interwoven nicely into an hour’s worth of sketch, improvisation, and audience interaction.
There is no denying that Brianna Williams has a charm that instantly resonates with her audience, which is a strong gift when it comes to the parts of her show that rely on their participation. With a strong comedic edge, she not only exposes truths about herself through her material, but leaves herself vulnerable to deftly improvise with whatever unexpected reactions the crowd may throw at her. While some pacing of certain sketches may yet to be tightened (we attended a preview show), Brianna has the goods, the strengths, and absolute attributes of a strong comedy performer to build a successful performance career in the years to come.
The concept is sweet and nicely drawn together. The performer is delightful when playing loose; and when grounded, uniquely captivating.
It should be noted that this solo show has a short run at the very beginning of the festival, but at 10pm can provide a great final hour to cap off a night of Fringe show-hopping.
Corey M. Glamuzina is a Melbourne-based actor, writer, improvisor and comedian with an avid involvement in the art of theatre and film.
‘Little Mountain Goblin’ runs from 15-20 September, 10pm (60mins) at The Butterfly Club.
The venue is not accessible.