Looking for a multi-billed show to get a taste of talent coming up in the comedy world? Multi-bill shows are a great way to experience a mixture of styles and approaches to comedy, and there are plenty going around in this year’s festival. ‘3 Little Gigs’ is a great little place to start; kicking off at 6pm, it is an early evening show that can set-up an entertaining night out. This is the seventh incarnation of this type of show, and all three performers are varied and wonderful in their own right.
Alex Ward has a confident demeanour fuelling her delightfully inward-targeting humour, giving the crowd a warm appreciation for the observations and personal experiences she presents. Lewis Dowell performs a cheeky persona and clearly enjoys and monitors the reactions he receives from the crowd as he delves into his own observational and hypothetical routines. Timothy Clark radiates a successfully confident ability to sell his jokes that range from the very clever, to those he himself is not very proud of, while also crafting some fantastic quips that generate from the unexpected. The overall feel and variety of acts is a very pleasing result, and all three were able to play off of the energy in the room, which on unusually smaller attendances such as this very night, can be a very hard act; yet the trio handled this very well. If you’re around early in the evening, here’s the show to set off the night.
Corey M. Glamuzina is a Melbourne-based actor, writer, improvisor and comedian with an avid involvement in the art of theatre and film.
‘3 Little Gigs’ runs from the 23rd March – 2nd April at The Imperial Hotel. The venue is not accessible.
Check out our guide to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for more great shows.