INTERVIEW | Struan Logan

Struan Logan is the Scottish comedian taking Australia by storm. After road tripping around Australia and New Zealand headlining gigs whilst meandering through, he then made his way back home via South East Asia performing stand-up in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong.

In his show, Logan regales you with stories about how Scottish privilege was his best travel ally, doing jokes about Islam in a Muslim majority country and how he understood religion by seeing Buddhist Hell. We caught up with him to find out all about it!

How did you get into stand-up?

I always liked stand-up on TV when but Youtube when it first came out was what single handedly made me obsessed with comedy. Getting all of these shows and albums at the touch of your fingertips is very good to learn about comedy but terrible if you are still a student at that point. What made me want to do it was going to the Edinburgh Fringe for the first time and working as a flyer. I got to see so much live stand-up where someone got to tell their stories and share a different point of view to the world. Long form solo shows are where you can get something better across than just by being there for 5 minutes on stage.

What have you learned about comedy from being on the scene?

The main thing I’ve learned is that individual “scenes” don’t matter, it is just about being a good comic and understanding to tailor your sets right for the correct place. The main problem with staying in an individual place is that you only get good in that area. You occasionally meet a comic with a huge ego because they are a ‘big deal’ in the scene. I was headlining a gig in Berlin and had to deal with some jacked up comic because he was “big in German.” He didn’t understand why I shook my head at him after he said that.

Toughest Gig?

I did a split show in Edinburgh Fringe with a UK act called President Obonjo who plays a character act based on an African Dictator. One day we had a very quiet show and did what essentially became a private show for a Nigerian family of mum, dad, the three kids 10, 8, 6 and Granny! Kids are tough to do stand-up to as they have a low concentration but I managed to crack a few laughs out of them. As hard as I tried I never won granny over.

Why do you like storytelling?

I have come from a family who are good at storytelling, many Australians say it is a very celtic tradition of sharing stories but I have met plenty of Scots who can’t tell a tale to save themselves. Every comic has the version the want to be and the one they actually they are. Whilst many of us comics would like to be dropping harsh trust bombs like the resurrected ghost of Bill Hicks, I am far better at spinning a yarn.

What do you adapt to your audience being from overseas?

A lot, sometimes you can change the references but often it is just better dropping things and writing a whole new thing for the crowd. Some tales in the show aren’t so much adapted as exclusive to that country. I have a story about being attacked by a iced-up junkie in Melbourne at a show which I feel is the true blue Aussie experience. That doesn’t work anywhere else because ice is a very Aussie experience (dealing with people on it not being high themselves). Outside of Australia they think you have to be wary of poisonous snakes, spiders or crocs but you realise a meth-head on the tram is much more of a common inconvenience.

Your show is about backpacking, why do you think so much comedy comes from those experiences?

Because you are meeting so many new people and in new situations it is impossible not to have comedy come out of it. In hostels you hang about with other backpackers who share stories then you contribute yours. There is the cliche that people who go off travelling to ‘discover themselves’ a far more accurate version is if you go backpacking and don’t have a good story out of it they failed miserably.

Comedy allows us to gain insights into thoughts that are different from ours. Would you find this is true when you perform?

I agree from seeing other shows but you can’t always know it from your own work because you are rarely the person present when they are talking about your own show. I get a little bit of that feedback from reviews or close friends being completely honest but normally you will not entirely know what people think of your show as everyone has a different opinion about each bit.

Travel broadens the mind, do you try to bring much wisdom to the performance?

Not really. Of course you sneak in a couple of little agendas in the show through jokes but nothing derails a comedy show like trying to impart wisdom. It is like those really boring sermons you get at school where a minister tells you a long, uninteresting speech but then relates it back by saying, “And do you know what the football represents? Jesus!”

As you have experienced being in Australia what do you find the funniest thing about Australians?

In Australia when people say “How ya going?” as a greeting, they don’t mean it literally. I find this after a lot of blank stares whilst I described my day.

Why should people see the show?

I am committed enough to bring this show to Australia by getting a plane halfway across the world and live in this country for two months. If it was shit I would be very much bankrupt and be having a horrible time out here. Thankfully the shows have been fun, crowds have been delightful and I have caught some other people’s kick-ass shows whilst out here. I couldn’t afford to bring a mediocre show out here.


FRINGEWORLD 2018 | Mavis (And Other Broken Objects) | 4 Stars

Review | Kieran Eaton

Mavis (And Other Broken Objects) is a wonderfully produced cabaret show by Megan Hunter, Conor Neylon, and Jackson Peele. This is the tale of a young woman named Mavis (Hunter) going on the hunt in the search for love. This is a realistic journey of sexual risk-taking in the hope that Mavis would fall in the arms of the man of her dreams and live happily ever after. Of course, life is not like the scripts of Hollywood!

Hunter creates a bubbly character on stage and yet this show would not work without the assistance of four well chiselled, musically talented, young men. On stage they create the contrast to Mavis’s brash nature – with bashful, silly playfulness. This works like a treat, especially with one of the men being the piano accompaniment. He does it in a cheeky style that is perfect for the feel of the night. These good-looking men all end up being part of Mavis’s love adventures, that allow her to showcase a full gamut of emotions.

When Mavis first comes on stage in just her underwear and swearing – the audience is braced for a character that will put herself out there quickly and with attitude. Her story opens by her trying to get into a nightclub at sixteen and this ticked all the boxes of what occurs in these establishments. Much thought is put to create a hyper-real story from the mind of a young Perth woman. This is achieved with lots of sass and cleverly subtle humour.

Then ending takes you by surprise but it all makes sense when reflect on the show title, Mavis (And Other Broken Objects). Do see this musical performance for a night good for your eyes, ears and general wellbeing!


WHEN: 20 – 24 February 2018 | 7:30pm

WHERE: Downstairs at The Maj | His Majesty’s Theatre |Perth CBD

INFO: Tickets $36-42 | Duration 50 minutes | Recommended 15+ | WA artist | CABARET



FRINGEWORLD 2018 | Flight of Fancy | 5 Stars

Review | Laura Money

Flight of Fancy is the best value for money variety night you’ll find all FRINGEWORLD 2018. Seriously, it’s such a great night out – I went to the final one and it went way over time, but believe me I didn’t mind because I didn’t want it to end.

It’s unfair to review individual acts in a variety night, but I will say that the magic combination of the quick-witted host Andrew Silverwood and the hilarious stage kittens kept the night at a really high level of entertainment. Curator, and finale act Whisky A’more really knows how to create a winning line-up.

We got a sneak peak of Logy on Fire – a street entertainer who brings old-school classic juggling and the like crashing into the twenty-first century. He gave us a little taste of his street show in a cigar box manipulating trick that left us in tears with laughter and then ensured our jaws crashed firmly to the floor and stayed there!

There is still ONE MORE CHANCE to see Logy on Fire at Fringe Central Sunday 25th February, 5pm.


Next up was the charismatic Scotsman, Elliott Bibby who cracked us up with his silly antics and then blew our minds with his amazing talent. Bibby is (at the time of writing) the Scottish Magician of the Year and for good reason. He got an audience member up from the crowd and read her mind – before blowing it! I enjoyed his natural comedy more than his tricks – but don’t get me wrong, I was pretty damn impressed with them, too.

There are still TWO MORE SHOWS left of Elliot Bibby Scottish Magician presents: McMagic Moments Sunday 25th February 8:00pm & 9:00pm


Just as the guys up on stage were making things look pretty easy, Silverwood asked if anyone in the audience wanted to give Burlesque a go. I honestly fell for this for a split second, until I realised that the dream team from Improlesque were the ones to answer the call. Think Whose Line Is It Anyway meets Striptease! Baron von Envy and Trigger Happy got dressed in the funniest, extra af outfits and proceeded to improvise a full burlesque routine in the ballet style to Destiny’s Child’s ‘No Scrubs’ and I can tell you, those moves will stay with me forever! These guys are ridiculously funny – watching them was a better ab workout than any Pilates session could ever be.

There is STILL ONE SHOW left on Sunday 25th February at 7:00pm so don’t miss out!


As a writer and a theatre-lover, the wonderful Dee Dee Luscious performing her librarian burlesque striptease was right up my alley. Reading an oversized volume of ‘How To Burlesque,’ Luscious looks around guiltily – slowly stripping off with a shy grin and a hilarious technique. Her facial expressions were a bit silly for my liking – I mean, she’s meant to be repressed, not backwards – but those dance moves were so perfectly and hilariously timed. It’s clear why Dee Dee Luscious won Burlesque Idol Perth 2018.

It was also a huge treat to be entertained by the phenomenal wonder, Clara Cupcakes. I haven’t been lucky enough to catch her this FRINGEWORLD 2018, so to see her at Flight of Fancy was extra special. And she did not disappoint. Whirling onstage like the Tassie Devil, Cupcakes whipped us into a frenzy with her brilliant hoop routine. She has been doing this routine for a while, but it just seems to get better and better! You can still catch Clara Cupcakes’ FINAL SHOW Sunday 25th February 8:00pm.


Of course, Flight of Fancy wouldn’t be complete without the incredible Whisky A’more and she burst onto the stage in a brash, blue, Braveheart blitz! A’more’s unique routine was truly exciting to see – fiercely bold and intimidatingly sexy, Whisky A’more dominated the stage and titillated while terrifying the audience. Her brilliant curation and vision is what solidified Flight of Fancy as an absolute highlight of FRINGEWORLD 2018 – it was a night I will never forget!

Unfortunately Flight of Fancy is all over red rover – but keep your eye out for the acts you’ve read about and check one of them out – you won’t regret it.

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FRINGEWORLD 2018 | Dirty Jazz Cocktail Hour | 4.5 Stars

Review | Laura Money

The irrepressible Jessie Gordon is back in a night of saucy songs and cheeky tunes all themed towards drinking and alcohol. Accompanied by the incredibly talented pianist, Chris Foster the duo tackle everything from old jazz standards from New Orleans to Nina Simone and Frank Sinatra – if it involves alcohol, it’s here!

Dirty Jazz Cocktail Hour is a pretty sedate evening, full of class and jazz standards. The Ellington Jazz Club fills with jazz lovers and offers you a ‘Filthy Gordon’ – well it’s a White Lady Cocktail, but I think it’s far more novel to sip on a Filthy Gordon while watching the real thing onstage! Gordon’s sublime voice carries throughout the whole club as she charts the origins of jazz in her opening song about Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Not only do you get a good theme, but you get a history lesson, too.

Gordon’s throaty tones seduce you through cheeky jazz songs like ‘Let’s Get Drunk and Truck’ and ‘Long John’ about her dentist. These songs are full of innuendos, and Gordon’s cheeky eyebrow raises and winks really offset the material! There are some really beautiful pieces, like ‘Lilac Wine’ once covered by Jeff Buckley and ‘One For My Baby’ by Old Blue Eyes himself – and Gordon pulls no punches, hitting every note and adding that certain extra quality that goes with her charming stage presence.

There is a powerful message here, though. Music and popular culture are real indicators of cultural memes and can be agents of social change and the zeitgeist of the time. Little quips about inflation and how the songwriters of the 1930s were probably not quite as innocent as we like to think of them combine with Gordon’s acute observations about inequality – especially feminism – to firmly place these songs in context and possibly highlight inequity in our current world.

Get yourself down to The Ellington Jazz Club, grab a Filthy Gordon and watch one on stage, because this is one fantastic night out!

WHEN: 21 – 25 February 2018 | 9:00pm

WHERE: The Ellington Jazz Club | Northbridge

INFO: Tickets $22 – $26 | Duration 50 mins | Suitable 18+ | WA Artists | MUSIC



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ARTICLE | Enter The Little Death Club with Bernie Dieter

Bernie Dieter is the divine cabaret star of the deliciously debaucherous Little Death Club, a late night variety of the darkest and sexiest acts of FRINGEWORLD. It’s on at 11:15pm on Friday and Saturday nights, so don’t miss out! We caught up with Bernie before the shows to see what all the fuss is about.

Ms Dieter travels around the world to Festivals, Fringe Festivals, Bars, Clubs, Dive bars – anywhere that will have her. She writes brand new songs or adapts songs for The Little Death Club and essentially chooses acts from her ‘carnie’ family – people she has met over the years.

I get my friends to join me on stage and they do their naughtiest, filthiest material! It’s a big after-party really, at the end of the night you come and really let your hair down!

The show was developed with Tom from Deadman Label and their mission was to find the funniest and filthiest line-up. All of the material is cutting edge and relevant to now, but it’s also about the material they want. It’s described as ‘Punk Cabaret’ because

pretty much anything can happen! The audience is very much involved in the show, I like to get up close and personal with them. It’s about breaking down those walls and boundaries and really connecting with people. We don’t like a passive show – we want something that is anarchic and dynamic!

Dieter laments the fact that people are less and less willing to reach out and touch each other these days. “You know, I hug the audience, I lick the occasional forehead…” There is a lot of audience interaction, but Dieter will never pick on anyone without their consent. She remembers one lovely bearded man (Dieter loves her beards!) at one of her shows who she encouraged to break out of his shell and ended up on stage in a moment of triumph.

It was an interesting journey to cabaret and performing for Dieter – it comes naturally and is definitely in the blood. Finding out recently that her grandmother was in a German travelling circus before the war. It was such a beautiful thing for her to find out, and is proud to know that it’s in her family tree.

I was always an attention seeker! I always wanted to sing from a very early age – family functions, they couldn’t shut me up. Cabaret was a really exciting place to develop my own stuff. I watched Rocky Horror Picture Show at the age of nine although, I was never allowed to see the orgy scene till I was about twelve!

After watching some cabaret shows in Melbourne and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Dieter was inspired by the powerful women she watched in those shows and also the German 70s Pornography her family videos were taped over! She loved watching powerful women in corsets and fishnets completely in control. It’s because of this, though that Dieter isn’t afraid to converse with her family about sex.

We’ve always been pretty open about it. I remember as a kid, my parents would be upstairs and going for it, and we’d get the broom and bang it on the ceiling and be like “shut up!”

As Little Death Club is a cheeky nod to ‘le petit mort’ or the little death that is the human orgasm, her audiences are happy to be liberated within the Speigeltent. Dieter points out that sex is basically what we all have in common. It’s something we usually speak about with friends, so why not talk about it with strangers? Her new songs cover contemporary sex talk like dick pics and emoji porn.

Dieter acknowledges that we are living in a very important time when it comes to feminism and consent.

Women are stepping up and saying – hey guys, there’s still a lot of work to do. I think we do address it [in the show] by being a powerful woman. I don’t like to lecture on it because I think there are a lot of good guys who are really respectful and also fighting for the movement. I think we should be showing rather than telling.

There are a lot of shows out there that have a stronger feminist message, but Dieter believes (and rightly so) that by being a strong woman it makes her a strong role model. “You need to lead by example.” Being a single female host of a late night cabaret in the middle of Northbridge is transgressive as it is, so in my opinion, Dieter is a trend-setter.

Little Death Club has a remarkable, loose and relaxing vibe. A lot of the acts that don’t normally do variety nights are attracted to the relaxed atmosphere of the show.

They get to do something different and relax without the pressure of their shows. We usually see them doing stuff they don’t normally do in their solo shows. They can do something a little bit edgier, wilder, or ruder.

Get yourself down to Little Death Club for a VIP experience and grab a ringside seat to seeing artists let loose and create a unique night of fun and filth!

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