Matt Okine – The Hat Game at 2018 Sydney Comedy Festival has been hugely anticipated. And how could it not be? The former Triple J presenter’s name is synonymous with entertainment and a great sense of humour. Anything he puts out comes with big expectations and this show was no exception. His reputation clearly proceeded him and as we took our seats in the packed-out theatre, my plus one and I wondered out loud if he would live up to the hype. Spoiler alert: he did.
The Hat Game is about growing up and dealing with the practicalities of adult life. Okine navigates a variety of topics, all with hilarious insight and personal experience. He included the perfect blend of family dynamics, the irony of everyday decisions and his own insight into taking chances. He weaved in and out of stories like a pro, building suspense and keeping the audience on the edge of their seats the whole time.
This is much-needed stand-up comedy for our generation. Unapologetically Australian and in touch with the experience, politics and everyday frustrations of young Australians, Okine is relatable and very funny. Additionally, he provides a break from the trend of entertainment being imported from the UK or USA. He was able to deliver serious and light-hearted jokes, stories and punchlines perfectly complimented by his innate understanding of popular culture.
Matt Okine’s career has come on leaps and bounds from his already successful stint as Triple J morning show breakfast host several years ago. After seeing him perform his stand-up live, I can see why. The Hat Game was well written, insightful and hilarious from start to finish. Luckily, we’ll be seeing a lot more from Matt, as his new TV show The Other Guy is on Stan now and he continues to tour with comedy gigs around Australia and New Zealand.
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Disclosure: The Plus Ones were guests of Hannah Watkins Publicity.
Image credit: Sydney Comedy Festival.