Jude Perl is a new breed of triple-threat: comedian, singer/songwriter, and a 35-year-old living in a share house. She draws on political commentary, catchy tunes, and a fear of growing up to construct an hour of music and comedy that will leave you with a wry smile.
With a fashion sense Robin Williams would have been envious of, and the morbid-yet-jaunty piano tunes reminiscent of Tim Minchin, Jude Perl’s new show ‘Let’s Hang Out’ at The Butterfly Club makes for a perfect night out.
Her scattergun approach to comedy left the audience constantly guessing ‘what’s next?’ Could it be a 15-minute rant on the plague that is humanity? Or how ultrasounds remind her of ex-lover? Nothing was certain, it seemed — at times, not even Jude.
Often female comedians can be divisive, or to be blunt… men hate them! However, Jude toed the line of producing comedy that transcended sex whilst being deeply rooted in it. I heard laughter from all members of the audience that night.
If you haven’t heard of the Butterfly Club, fear not! My partner, the reluctant plus one, was amongst the uninitiated. He was soon smitten by the eclectically decorated hole-in-the-wall tucked away in an alley off Little Collins Street. Make sure to arrive there ahead of the show as the mulled wine and special cocktails will warm your cold broken heart, beaten down by the chilly Melbourne winds.
The verdict: ‘Let’s Hang Out’ will resonate and tickle your funny bones. Especially if you are like me (and Jude) who struggles to come to terms with being all ‘growed up’. It makes for the perfect date or a fun night out with your mates.
Amber Bock is a freelance stage manager who is excited to keep you up to date with Melbourne’s best theatre.
Jude Perl’s ‘Let’s Hang Out’ runs 18–23 July 2017 at the Butterfly Club, 8.30pm (60 mins). Buy tickets now. Become a member of the Butterfly Club and you can get discounted tickets and drinks.
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