|Anil Desai's Night at The Movies|
|Written by Jan Chandler|
|Saturday, 31 March 2012 21:34|
Photo - James Wren
Anil Desai has come to be called The Stand-up Chameleon because of his incredible ability to transform himself, merely using face, body and voice, into a range of well-known characters. He has a delightfully engaging personality. It's as if he's still a little surprised at his success, telling his audience that in the last few years he has travelled further than ever before in his life, all because he posted a video of his impersonations on YouTube. This banter belies the fact that he has been working as a professional actor since 1995, moved on to sketch comedy, creating his own group The Giant Pineapple Boys and began stand up comedy in 2005 with his characters Rajesh - Bollywood Lounge Singer and Candice the Fluffer Girl. Yet another example of an overnight success, ten years plus in the making!
This is Desai's second appearance at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and he follows up his critically acclaimed Hey, Impressions Guy! with a show that will delight every film lover.
With Night at the Movies Desai takes his audience on a rollicking ride from Hollywood to Bollywood and back again; from seating preferences and noisy neighbours, to movie logos, trailers and the impact of films seen in childhood. Along the way they are treated to impressions of a host of popular film stars.
Desai has a wonderfully mobile face and an amazing ability for verbal mimicry. He is able to re-create an impressive number of well-known actors (well over 40), with a tilt of the head, a lifted eyebrow and a verbal intonation. His recreation of Captain Sparrow - Johnny Depp from Pirates of the Caribbean - was a personal favourite..
Sometimes Desai just relates anecdotes, at others he calls on audience members for assistance, often he digs into his incredible treasure trove of impersonations to reveal a staggering array of impersonations. He demonstrates that all you need is Jack Nicholson to put those noisy cinema patrons in their place, and how Robert de Niro managed to encourage Desai's girlfriend to open up as to what was troubling her. Where Desai may fail, his alter egos are sure to succeed.
If you know and love the movies then this show is a must for a night full of laughter at a beguiling venue which had me nostalgically remembering my one and only Edinburgh Fringe.
2012 Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Anil Desai's Night at The Movies
Venue: Word Warehouse | 14-18 Goldie Place, Melbourne (Licensed venue. Under 18s must be accompanied by a Parent or Legal Guardian)
Dates: 28 March - 21 April, 2012
Times: Tue-Sat 8pm
Duration: 60 minutes
Tickets: $20 - $15
Bookings: dramatix.com.au | At the door
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