Squeaky Clean Comedy, by Candlelight Productions, may be clean fun for the whole family but it is far from tame. Spontaneous, upbeat and friendly, with back-to-back performances from some of the best acts that Melbourne Comedy Festival has to offer, Squeaky Clean Comedy will keep you entertained from start to finish.
Opened by improvised songs by Simon Taylor, highlights from the two-act show were the fresh MCing from Michael Connell, the understated humour of Angus Gordon, and the breathtaking poetry from John Englezos. The latter will keep you thinking for days afterwards.
The gala event endeavours to raise awareness of the work of World Vision Australia, and in keeping with the theme of social awareness, the majority of the comedians addressed politics and social norms in their acts.
New Zealand comedian Aaron Pratt was a stand out act and hilarious. Shifting between accents and stalking the stage like a modern-day Māori warrior, he challenged the audience to review their preconceptions of people.
It was noteworthy that no alcohol was served at the event, while there was delicious french-made butter popcorn. Irrespective — when a show is this funny, no social lubricant was needed. Many of the comedians were returning acts, as were many audience members.
A worthy cause combined with excellent comedy makes for a very rewarding night out at Squeaky Clean Comedy.
Founder of Find Your Voice, Emmanuella is a vocal coach and performance expert who supports performers of all disciplines. She also believes every one can learn to sing.