One Night Stand | Anthony Salame

One Night Stand | Anthony SalameTo fully appreciate Anthony Salame’s stand-up show One Night Stand it is best to view him as you would a goofy mate at a party. He has a cheeky smile and cheeky nature, and while his stories are no doubt embellished a little, they are candid and often surprisingly hilarious.

When Salame was little all he wanted was to have a normal play lunch – 100's & 1000’s on whitebread with the crusts cut off. Instead he got leb bread and oil, the black bits in the oil sticking in his teeth like ants. Memories like these, growing up Lebanese in Australia, supply much of the material for his show. While the situations and conversations involving his parents, grandmother and hundreds of cousins get a look in; many of his stories simply reflect what it is like to be a young male in Australia.

Now in his twenties, the importance of his “one eyebrow” has been replaced with the worries of how to get and satisfy a girl. Salame says he named his show One Night Stand in part because stand-up comedy is like a date; both parties get dressed up, have an agreement to meet and it makes his job easier if the other party gets drunk. These are the days of getting stoned and mulling over trivial issues, and working out the do’s and don'ts when attending a Bondi barbeque.

As a Sydneysider, many of the locations in Salame’s stories are foreign to Melbourne but he does a good job of accommodating his audience by familiarising them with the nature of the people who “cruise” there. He makes fun of several nationalities and cultures but he gets away with this because he makes fun of his own culture more than any other.

Salame is at his comfortable, and funniest, when impersonating. He is a trained actor and it shows. His impressions of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and a very naughty Jamie Oliver are particularly brilliant. A couple of blunders in the telling of some of his jokes were handled well, if anything they’re endearing, but it is in the telling of the stories leading up to a joke that Salame sometimes loses confidence. On this particular evening he was performing in front of a small and relatively unresponsive audience which no doubt contributed to the slight feeling of awkwardness in the room. It must be said that this was not so much an indication of Salame’s performance but rather the organisation of the event. 

In Sydney Salame has a strong following and has played in front of large audiences, including the stage show From Lebanon With Love directed by Turkish/Australian comedian, Tahir Bilgic. He also stars in the SBS sitcom Swift And Shift Couriers. In Melbourne however he is less well known and the venue, the Band Room at the John Curtin Hotel, is too open for this event. It didn’t help matters that the audience entered in dribs and drabs, interrupting the flow of the performance.

Combining live theatre and humour makes themes and issues surrounding multiculturalism accessible. Salame is happy to point out the cultural differences he has experienced first hand but this show is also a celebration of his culture. There are aspects of his stories with which everyone, regardless of culture, race or religion, can identify. Above all, Salame is a funny guy and if his show was a date it deserves to be more than just a one night stand.

Cracker Comedy presents
Anthony Salame
One Night Stand

Venue: The John Curtin Hotel | 29 Lygon St, Carlton (Licensed venue. No unders 18s allowed)
Dates: 7 - 19 April
Times: Tue-Sat & Sun 19 7.15pm
Duration: 60 minute
Tickets: Full $19, Concession $17.50
Bookings: At the door & 1300 660 013

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