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Published April 2, 2019

Dive in for an hour of unpredictable skits of consistent hilarity. Decidedly silly, Oliver Coleman is manic, measured, and many, many different characters. Charming and daggy, Coleman creates characters which are tear-inducingly funny; from humanised objects to oddly believable characters from many walks of life, Poolside delivers the goods with skit after skit that offers something for everyone.

Highly physical and often intense, the show looks like a workout with Coleman packing in so many character changes and utilising the whole room. Wildly expressive in his delivery, Coleman is a master of disguise, being equally believable as a dramatic old Jewish woman, and an old bandaid. The show is accompanied by a fabulous soundtrack which compliments the highly varied different worlds Coleman takes the audience to. Expertly interacting with the audience, Coleman’s charm, and occasional deliberate awkwardness, come off a treat.

Artsy, profound, and political whilst still taking the piss – Coleman has something for everyone. Gracefully going from 0 to 100 in matter of seconds; a serious moment and then audience in hysterics the next minute. The pace is frenetic, but Coleman has a knack for timing and doesn’t miss a beat.

Poolside was a delightful evening – whilst not your conventional poolside relaxation, you do leave having laughed out the day’s tension. A show ‘constantly on the verge of falling apart’, Coleman’s infectious and irresistible humour picks you up and drags you along for the ride.

Prepare to giggle nervously anticipating what comes next, laugh incredulously at the sheer ridiculousness of some skits, and roar with laughter at the impressions and gags which seem so natural to Coleman, yet are such a rarity to see delivered so exceptionally seamlessly. Coleman is one to watch – if you miss him at MICF (boo, hiss) keep an eye out for him next time round, he will not disappoint!

Poolside is on at 6:15pm at Tasma Terrace 4 until 7 April as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Tickets, show details and accessibility information can be found via the MICF website.

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