Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2017: Sex Nation

Sex Nation is a collaborative production by Brisbane comedy troupes The Sexy Detectives and BangNation for this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

The show is on at Korova Milk Bar (also referred to as Number 12 La Barre Electronique on the MICF website), a funky little venue on Bourke Street with a fabulous upstairs stage setup.

The two troupes have found a clever way to seamlessly blend their individual sketches into one cohesive and entertaining show.

BangNation’s approach to comedy is a combination of situational, contemporary humour and randomness packed into a traditional sketch format. If one was to liken it to a type of literature, magical realism would come to mind. There was a notion that BangNation’s material would lend itself to writing episodes for Family Guy. Without giving too much away, some favourite moments involved a ‘big brown fun stick’ and the ‘Melbourne culture troll’.

The Sexy Detectives’ material was also delivered in sketch format and paid homage to slightly more classic comedy (think Monty Python). There was a distinct cleverness to their jokes, which often demanded a little pause to reveal a comedic twist and challenged the audience to engage.

The Sexy Detectives’ sketches were characterised by the well-timed use of props and sound. This enabled the comedians to transport the crowd into whatever scenario they were creating. BangNation also used sound and props very effectively with various pop-culture references.

The culmination of both styles resulted in a couple of superb sketches with all four comedians on stage, whilst the rest of Sex Nation was an even split, allowing each troupe to show off their unique talents.

Overall everyone had a good laugh and a thoroughly entertaining evening. It was nice to see something that parted ways from stand-up based shows, returning instead to the theatre roots of comedy.

Sex Nation is a fantastic take on classic sketch comedy with a twist or two that won’t disappoint. Book a seat and treat yourself to a fun night out.

– Claudia
Claudia B. is a German/Kiwi graphic designer and illustrator who has been living and working in Melbourne for the last six years. She enjoys a good glass of scotch and the occasional pole dancing class. Claudia also helps donate proceeds from notthispussy.com.au to charities in support of women’s rights, refugees, and climate change.

SEX NATION runs 2-9 April 2017, (50mins) at Korova Milk Bar (or Number 12 La Barre Electronique). Purchase tickets now.
The venue is not wheelchair accessible.

Disclosure: The Plus Ones were invited guests of Sex Nation.
Image credit: Melbourne International Comedy Festival.