Review | Kieran Eaton
I better get my grammar in check because show creator, George Dimarelos is a self-confessed book geek, though he first accidently-on-purpose says book ‘Greek’ a funny and charming way to show off his Greek ethnicity. Dimarelos might look the stereotype – glasses and twee clothing – but looks can be deceiving because he talks the talk. This makes me want to know more about him because he seems like an interesting guy, however, as the host of the show, we are left with glimpses only!
The premise is simple – three guest comedic book lovers, give an example of their bookish sense of humour. Each night has a different selection of acts and so if you like this concept, you can see this show multiple times and gain different perspectives on the world of books. The night I saw showcased Louise Fitzhardinge, Gillian English, and Pamela DeMenthe, all doing their own shows for FRINGEWORLD 2019.
Before bringing on each act, Dimarelos explains his love of books in a conversational manner and emphasises that it does not matter how many books you have read in a year, he won’t say anything but there may be internal judgement if you only say one! This gets plenty of laughs because he judges well that most of the crowd are book enthusiasts. However, like a book club the crowd can have differing opinions on a book and that is OK because Dimarelos says that he’ll just add an author or book to his reading list.
Fitzhardinge is the first of this bunch to be brought on and give a sample of her highly successful show, Comma Sutra. It is comedic cabaret all about grammar and her love of language, making it difficult to find the perfect lover. She is also multi lingual so also highlights that in song. English is next with banter about Shakespeare, and the age of Disney Princesses. It’s a bit of a glimpse into her solo show, She Wolf. Finally, DeMenthe goes into the making of an erotic fiction novel, called Sticky Digits (Also her FRINGEWORLD show title).
For those who want to embrace their inner introvert A Book Lover’s Comedy Show is a must see for you!
WHEN: 2 – 9 February 2019 | 7:15pm
WHERE: Main Room | Nevermind Small Club | NORTHBRIDGE
INFO: Tickets $20 – $22 | Duration 60m | Age suitability: PG | COMEDY
A Booklover’s Comedy Show: https://fringeworld.com.au/whats_on/a-booklover-s-comedy-show-fw2019
Sticky Digits: https://fringeworld.com.au/whats_on/sticky-digits-fw2019