FRINGEWORLD 2018 | CULL | 4 stars

Review | Amanda Lancaster

How do you take your comedy?

Black or blacker?

Back from sold out seasons at both the Adelaide Fringe Festival and The Melbourne International Comedy Festival are the talented and super high energy performance duo The Very Good Looking Initiative.

Social media. Modern technology. Pop culture. Online profiles. You tube videos and the ridiculousness of the obsessive importance and reverence that society places on its all-powerful existence.

Bringing to light the inanity of how worshiping such shallow representations of living and appearance are destroying manipulating and permeating all that makes us ourselves this show pulls no punches representing what we’ve become behaviourally.

Intelligent and risky, often too close to comfort – watch as the pair tackle topics such as the showing of how anxiety is brought on by digital interaction, and the blame placed on “everyone but me”, then cleverly flipping the idea to show that anxiety is actually brought on by ourselves.

Small things make this performance, such as subtle gestures, minimal facial ticks and awkward silences, really bringing a whole lot of humor to the show’s serious undertone. Extremely well acted, these two do not stop for the whole hour! Prepare for a total verbal assault on all of the darkest recesses of your social media fears. No topic – from the light-hearted to the heavy hitting –  is safe

If you’re wondering if anyone is ballsy enough to go there, well this act goes there! It’s definitely a show for a mature audience and those with endurance enough to keep up for the whole hour with their high energy show. Perhaps it’s time to CULL?

WHEN: 27 January – 3 February 2018 | 9:30pm

WHERE: The Blue Room Theatre | Fringe Central | Northbridge

INFO: Tickets $26 | Duration 70 mins | Suitable 15+ | THEATRE






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