The gentle genius of Melbourne comedy, Stuart Daulman, returns to the stage in this year’s Masterclass. If you’re looking for hard-hitting and game-changing tips for making it big in the comedy world, delivered in the halting lilt of an over-casualised sessional tutor, then this could be the show for you.
Keeping pace with last year’s Death of a Daulman, Masterclass proceeds through layers of understatement and deadpan irony, skewering the minor pretensions of the local scene (bro comics, open micers, networkers, shills et al) while articulating a foolproof, 100% empirically verified system for delivering comedy gold. Through the innovative use of an old-school projector, and the timely deployment of educational mnemonics, Daulman equips comedic aspirants with the skills and internationally-recognised certifications required to ‘make it’ in today’s fraught comedy industry. If you’re looking for tips on the best way to lurk in venues, scum durries and raise revenue to support your dream, you’ll find them here.
Daulman is a genuine and patient performer, committing to the premise and pedagogy of the show from the outset, and comfortable with letting the quality written material take the lead at times. The show is peppered with some devastating moments of emotional clarity, drawn from Daulman’s own experiences as a contender in the Melbourne comedy scene, moments that sit bizarrely well within the framing conceit of the show. All in all, Masterclass is another inventive and genre-bending romp from Daulman, that delivers deep chuckles for comedy nerds and unqualified punters alike.
Masterclass is showing at the Melbourne Town Hall, every night (except Mondays) at 9:30pm, and on Sundays at 8:30pm until 21 April as part of the 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Tickets are available from the MICF website or at the box office.