Happy by Request! | Xavier Michelides
This guy has the confidence and verve to go places. He was in control of his performance and he immediately establishes a firm stage presence, but the material didn’t sing out loud for this reviewer. There was a randomness to his show, it seemed overloaded, as though he’d chucked in every amusing thing that occurred to him over the last few months. It was all over the shop, leaping here there and everywhere.
There were some prerecorded vignettes, odd ad breaks, some of the deconstruct-the-show-by-chatting-to-an-alternate-persona-and-noting-yourself-doing-it stuff, some meandering thoughts on atheism, including a kinda funny imaginary atheist soup kitchen story … nice enough but none of it terribly absurd or whacky or funny. It is very standard mainstream observational stuff that many people do, and decidedly not hilarious.
If a comic is not possessed of a truly wild and unfettered imagination then themes can help a show, or maybe inhabiting a truly original character, or, as a last resort, telling the truth – often the funniest of all. Some people’s sheer force of personality will get laughs even though they might not say that much …not the case here, sadly. This show needs a thorough editing and some focus for Michelidis to stand out at stand-up, although I can easily see him as an MC or in a presenting role on commercial telly (he’s easy on the eye which helps) or on the airwaves.
Happy By Request!
Venue: Forum Theatre, Carpet Room* | Cnr Flinders & Russell Sts, Melbourne
Dates: 25 March - 18 April, 2010
Times: Tue - Sat 8.30pm, Sun 7.30pm
Duration: 55 minutes
Prices: Full $20, Concession $18, Tightarse Tuesday $15
Bookings: Ticketek 132 849 | at the door
* Licensed venue. Under 18s must be accompanied by a Parent or Legal Guardian