“I want to be rich, famous and powerful.” These are the words that introduce us to the personality that is Nick Eynaud. That, and an over-the-top show reel displaying his many talents in all fields. A Star is Bored is a firmly tongue in cheek, musical story of Eynaud’s young life and his long life quest to be a star ever since a winning streak of “Loveable Baby” contests when he was young.
The tiny, intimate setting within the Butterfly Club is decked out with a projection screen and a comfy armchair, with a piano off to the side. The familiar tones (to me at least) of 90’s cartoons introduces us to the act, with Eynaud remaining hidden on the chair behind a magazine until his show reel starts and he emerges in some truly stunning playbill pajamas.
The show is hilarious from the start, and it doesn’t take long before the audience is almost in tears of laughter with Eynaud’s antics. His mildly (well, extremely) arrogant attitude has a charming edge to it, coupled with loud and over the top Broadway numbers about mundane moments in life. As a fellow television lover though, I can get behind any artist that proclaims their love for Foxtel and Netflix through song and dance.
Eynaud offers a very satirical look at reality television and the ridiculousness of the entire thing by declaring his love for it. His enthusiasm and desperation to get onto the easy route to fame has him applying for numerous ridiculous shows, but none may be so entertaining as his Toddler’s and Tiara’s audition tape that had the audience in hysterics.
Eynaud has truly merged the perfect mix of cabaret and comedy in his performance, I cannot recommend A Star is Bored enough. And as someone who firmly stands on the anti-reality television bandwagon, I can truly say I would watch every episode of Toddlers and Tiaras starring Nick.
A Star Is Bored is playing at Melbourne Fringe Festival until Sunday 27th September. For more information and for tickets, head to the Melbourne Fringe Festival website.