stand-ups/comedians Nick Caddaye and Lisa-Skye are an odd couple. I mean, they
are not a 'couple', but they are indeed odd. This two person sketch comedy show
has some great juxtaposition between straight laced order of grumpy Caddaye and
fluro haired Anarchy explosion Lisa-Skye's boundless enthusiasm. There is a bit
of light audience participation (nothing to worry about) and a great line-in
really well prepared sketches and ones where the wheels could fall off at any
moment. I'm loathe to break down the particulars of any sketch shows
performance but a trip over the River Styx and the fine products of Gary
Gazebo, were highlights for me. Both performers are from Melbourne were their reputations are huge. Lisa-Skye
is fast building a loyal fan-base in Adelaide
and Caddaye is so fantastically likable despite his 'gruff' personae that he
is doing the same. There is only a couple more shows, so do yourself a favour.
The SBS TV show Numbers and Letters was much loved and clearly is still missed.
Based on the UK
show Countdown which is currently in it's 73rd season, it's a game show where
people have to find words in collections of randomly selected letters and do
maths equations with similarly random numbers while racing against the clock. It's the geek/nerds perfect game show. Now add comedians (and often alcohol) and you
have Late Night Numbers & Letters. Returning for it's third year, Late Night
has found an eager audience of dictionary challenging wordsmiths and
calculating mathematicians. Hosted by lovable Melbourne curmudgeon, Nick Caddaye with guest comedian dictionary guardians and contestants each night, Late Night Numbers &
Letters manages to stay close to the originals format and intent, while being
utterly hilarious at the same time. Unlike the TV show there are actual prizes
to be won. The Science Exchange is tucked away in Exchange Place in the city (enter from Pirie Street).
These Things Happen
Rhino Room Beer Garden
7:30pm til Sunday Feb 28
There is something special about seeing Fleety
at the Rhino Room. People may know that Rhino, Adelaide and the Adelaide Comedy Family has
played an important role for Greg Fleet in the last few years. An environment
that has helped him cope with his demons, be a safe and nurturing home base at times and help spur a jag of creative output from an incredibly talented man. In the last couple of years Fleet has written and performed an award winning play (This is Not a Love Song), appeared in a great Zombie Movie (Me & My Mates Vs The Zombie Apocalypse), created a great TV show about the Australian comedy scene (Die Standing Up) and released an amazing memoir (These Things Happen)
and continued to do great work as a stand-up comedian. The show tonight (which
shares it's name with the book), in the intimate Rhino beer garden, is a great
example of his masterful story telling.
Not afraid to tango with uncomfortable truths (of which he has many), Greg
Fleet is a funny bugger and takes us on a bumpy roller coaster ride of vignettes
from his life, observation and self examination. It's structure is more
theatrical than straight stand up, there is much that is hilarious, but it
works as a complete piece with the audience enraptured til it's completion when
they erupt with heartfelt ovation. A sterling slice of masterful comedic work.