Brianna Williams is proving, festival upon festival, that she is able to turn the inner workings of a quick-witted comedic mind and translate them into a fun, communal, and well-structured solo sketch performance. ‘La Petite Merde’ is her second foray into presenting sketch comedy without the aid of any other performer; but be warned, and delighted to hear, that in the same vein of her previous outing ‘Little Mountain Goblin’, it is quite often the audience who are enjoying themselves filling the void. There will be no spoilers, but audiences can expect to play out roles that fulfil William’s excellent knack for set-up, execution, and call backs, as well as playing to her exceptional improvisational quips if one gets a little too creative with their moment on stage.
Williams ingenuity with her sketch ideas, and the way they play out on stage is fantastic, however, it is the vibrancy of the performer herself that really fuels the show and makes it a rich experience that ultimately ends in smiles and laughter that are well induced. Williams is just so darn delightful and funny and such a naturally gifted as a comedic performer that it is hard to think of a scenario she has written that would fall flat. The nature of a sketch show usually involves a piece that may not be to an audiences liking on a particular night, yet Williams seems to create comedy out of reactions, vibes, and the general attitude of her volunteers that is downright impressive and indicative of an experienced improvisor and performer. Williams has the goods, and the intuitive savvy comedic drive in which to deliver them, so please attend this wonderful show during its very short run, and continue to prove that we want to see more from this comedic mind.
Corey M. Glamuzina is a Melbourne-based actor, writer, improvisor and comedian with an avid involvement in the art of theatre and film.
‘La Petite Merde’ runs from 14-19 September, 7pm (50mins) at The Butterfly Club.
The venue is not accessible.