Comedy Festival: Coleman and Freund – Uncompetent

I didn’t know what to expect when entering the intimate surroundings of the Tuxedo Cat. With a series of bemusing trailers and a nondescript blerb, there weren’t many cues to go off. But as soon as Coleman & Freund’s ‘Uncompetent‘ began I knew I was going to enjoy it.

It started with a hilarious parody of our data/tech-obsessed world. From there, Emil and Oliver wove their way through a wildly diverse but somehow linked series of entertaining skits addressing a range of highly relevant contemporary topics, together with a smattering of the hilariously lewd and grotesque.

But it’s more than just a bunch of short acts, it’s an immersive journey, and we know this from the minute Oliver tells us to close our eyes and begin imagining some kind of sexy Jesus. If there was a theme it would be the awkward but absolutely necessary discussion we need to have about the meeting between the last polar bear and the last human on earth in a post-apocalyptic world destroyed by climate change. While discussing this, we poke fun at hippies, our views of masculinity, and most importantly, encounter the lost head of Art Garfunkel.

Filled with quirky puns, some dance, and plenty of audience interaction, this hidden gem of the festival takes quite a different approach to the solo stand-up that tends to dominate this genre. A fantastic experience.

Emmanuel Malikides is a computer science tutor with a passion for the arts and a fondness for comedy. He has been trying to incorporate elements of humour into his classes and worksheets.

Coleman & Freund’s ‘Uncompetent’ is playing at the Tuxedo Cat every night at 11pm from 31 March to 5 April. Buy tickets nowThe venue is wheelchair accessible.

Check out our guide to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for more great shows.

Disclosure: The Plus One’s were invited guests of Uncompetent.