The thing with stand-up comedy is that it relies heavily on the audience participating. Audiences that are dead (such as the one on the night of this review) can often make even the most well-written jokes seem flat and lifeless things, and really test the mettle of a comedian. All of the great comedians have stories of terrible shows they have done to rooms where there was no-one laughing, and how it is really hard work to get that reaction from people.
Unfortunately, the duo behind the Blonde & the Bombshell had trouble getting a rise out of the audience, and seemed to have trouble adapting their material to deal with this fact. In meta moment it became possible to understand the structure of their jokes and show, which seamless acts can hide much better. Furthermore, the structure of the show, which had much potential, seemed a bit absent and could have been utilised more effectively.
The Blonde & the Bombshell is also a show which deals with some touchy issues in an open and almost brazen manner. Unfortunately, although there are some interesting insights and good jokes, much of the content is stuff that many comedians in Melbourne have used previously. Perhaps in Sydney this duo are more successful – elements of Sydneysider culture would work much better for these performers than the urbane and pretentious attitude of Melburnian audiences.
That is not to say the show was terrible. There were plenty of good jokes, and when the performers weren’t nervous they could really hit it home. Some of the insights into issues were insightful and amusing. But the poor structuring and lack of audience participation really did a number on the show.
Overall though, the show was a bit disappointing really. There was much potential, and some of the jokes were enjoyable. But overall it felt a bit flat, and part of that was on the audience, but part of that was also on the act itself not living up to the potential it could have had.
The Blonde & the Bombshell is on at 6pm at the Victoria Hotel until 22 April as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Tickets, show details and accessibility information can be found via the MICF website.