Fleetwood MickGreg Fleet aka Fleetie is an icon in the world of Australian Comedy, appearing at countless Comedy Festivals, acting as an Emcee at the Mooseheads (the Comedy Festival awards) as well as at the odd festival gala night. In short he has a great comedic reputation, so it came as something of a disappointment to see him onstage in his latest show Fleetwood Mick. The show, which at best can be described as a shambolic mess, only keeps moving due to the camaraderie between Fleetie and his fellow performer Mick Moriarty.

Fleetie does have his moments, mostly during the early part of the show where he discusses his recent experiences in rehab. This material shows a raw and vulnerable side to Fleetie around which a lot more of the show could have be based. Mick Moriarty on the other hand, is a fine singer and his songs punctuate the show at good intervals, but he’s not really a comedian and he’s at his best when singing or providing quips to supplement Fleetie’s banter.

The major problem with Fleetwood Mick is that its central premise, Fleetie and Moriarty attempting to make light of news and current affairs, is grossly underdeveloped. Most of the jokes and observations made were no longer new or current. Also I suspect that most of the show’s content is based on whatever appears in the newspapers or television on that day, so there is the possibility that last night (a Tuesday) was a particularly slow news day.

The short films that punctuate the show are well made and funny, but they tend to break the overall rhythm of the stand-up comedy and on the night Mick Moriarty had to operate the Audio Visual due to their AV technician being off sick; but all credit to them for being able to keep the show going.

The highlight of the night was Fleetie’s beat poetry in which he called upon the audience to provide words for his poem, but the audience weren’t particularly kind providing all sorts of difficult words to try and rhyme with (Can anyone rhyme purple, orange and silver?). A final song Emphysema Girl brought Fleetie and Moriarty together for a nice finale in which they harmonised beautifully about falling in love with a girl with Emphysema, simultaneously lamenting about the new smoking laws, and for a moment Fleetie was back to his best.

Overall the show was patchy and failed to really grab the audience, but given all of the things going on in Fleetie’s personal life is it any wonder? No doubt next year he’ll be back to his best.

1300 Comedy Presents
Greg Fleet with Mick Moriarty

Venue: Swiss House - Melbourne Town Hall
Dates: 5th – 29th April (not Mondays), Previews 5th –6th April
Tickets: $28.00 (conc. $23.00), Previews and Tuesdays $21.00
Times: 9.45pm (Sundays 8.45pm)
Bookings: Ticketmaster  www.ticketmaster.com.au or 1300 136 166

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