FRINGEWORLD 2018 | Woah, Alyssa! 1 | 4 Stars

Review | Jordan Baynes

Coming to Perth after a successful run at Melbourne Fringe is Whoa, Alyssa, a funny and lovable trio of comedians including Filip Lescaut, Colwyn Buckland and Ancika Walker Mester. The performers take the audience on a trip through time where one innocuous statement leads into the next sketch and then the next sketch. Using nothing but a few boxes full of props you can’t guess how they’ll be used, the trio waste no time getting into the action exploring different questions, some silly and just for fun and some very relevant to a modern audience.

As mentioned, all costume pieces and props come from the boxes on stage and transitioning between skits is done quickly and efficiently. The performers use the small stage space very well in creating their scenarios, making each sketch feel unique. Lescaut is the most entertaining to watch as he has the most variations between characters and performs each of them with a unique voice and physicality. Buckland and Mester share a great dynamic and while they don’t vary their characters very much, the characters they do perform are performed well.

Not every joke lands and there are a few noticeable flubs here and there throughout the show but even though it’s not a laugh-out-loud show, it’s still a laugh a second that makes it hard not to keep smiling because at the end of the day, it’s a group of comedians having a lot of fun, entertaining their audience with the hilarious ideas they come up with.

Whoa, Alyssa is not a perfect sketch show but it’s one that does its job of entertaining excellently with an abundance of wit and a relatable look at modern day issues. Go fill out their audience if you can and I look forward to following their future progress.

WHEN: 13 – 17 Feburary 2018 | 8:15pm

WHERE: State Library Theatrette | Fringe Central | Northbridge

INFO: Tickets $12.50 – $24 | Duration 55 mins |Suitable 15+ | COMEDY


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