Gentle audience participation creates a comfortable night of comedy.
There’s nothing that frightens audiences more than audience participation in comedy. So often the drafting of some poor sap from the second row (usually my husband) is simply an excuse to get laughs from someone else's discomfort.
So it’s a pleasant surprise to be part of the audience in It’s Got to be Perfect, a comedy solo that imagines the audience into a wedding rehearsal and gives them pathways for genuine participation.
There’s nothing particularly original about the Bridezilla scenario that Anna Morris turns on as Georgina, a toffee- accented, ultra-controlling bride on the edge. But she has the look, the accent and the timing to make the comedy ping and her occasional addition of satirical song is a great asset.
But it's the skill Morris displays in her integration of audience participation - co-opting her bridal party and turning us all into collaborators with clever prompts - that makes this offering from the comedy festival unusually enjoyable participatory theatre. It feels a bit more party games among friends than stand-up. Go with a willingness to join in and a glass of champagne to dull your inhibitions and you should have a good night.
Many of the jokes are cheap shots but they are still funny and will be an understandable magnet for the soon-to-be or recently married and compulsory for any buck or hen’s turn that can be organised to fit the festival.
Those well past wedding madness can laugh more comfortably - or worry about what happens when the next generation rolls around.
It's Got to Be Perfect
Melbourne Comedy Festival
Until 9 April
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