Review: Andy Matthews & Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall’s Sci-Fi Sketch Experience
Andy Matthews’ and Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall’s Sci-Fi Sketch Experience is certainly an experience you’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else at the comedy festival this year.
Ever wanted to see a doctor dismember a body in an aeroplane cockpit in order to safely land a plane? Well, look no further than the Sci-Fi Sketch Experience. While all the sketches throughout the night could be vaguely considered science fiction-ish to an extent, there’s no real common thread that tie together the multitude of sketches that the audience will see – if you’re in the mood for some simple yet well executed sketches, this is the show for you.
Both Matthews and Tremblay-Birchall are superb throughout the night, throwing themselves into each character with enthusiasm and startlingly convincing acting skills. There are a run through of bizarre characters, all set within our own world and others – don’t try and look for some connection between the sketches, there is none. Just enjoy what is a simple sketch show in its purest form.
The dedication and thought put into every sketch shows, with props to match, visual and audio effects to emphasize certain scenarios and actions – all aspects of the evening are put together with a clear and concise vision. There are no moments in which the audience is left silent, the actions of both Matthews and Tremblay-Birchall – even times when neither are really doing all that much on the small stage – leave the crowd in a constant state of giggles throughout the entirety of the show.
While there are a few clear hiccups and mistakes throughout also, most are fumbled or forgotten lines, it does not detract from the overall experience. At times it even adds to – like one delightful moment in which Matthews calls out Tremblay-Birchall on his inability to read the lines before him during one sketch. Sci-Fi Sketch Experience is probably one of the more bizarre shows at this years Melbourne International Comedy Festival. It is however extremely entertaining and a fantastic way to spend an evening.
Sci-Fi Sketch Experience is showing 29th March – 8th April at West Space Gallery at part of the 2018 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Tickets can be purchased via the MICF website.