Clownbusting | Zoe Lyons

Clownbusting | Zoe LyonsI have renewed faith in stand up comedy after seeing UK-comedian Zoe Lyons. Clownbusting is a magnificently written and delivered show which holds from start to finish.

Lyons manages a perfect mix of humour, poignancy and pathos in an hour that darts everywhere from nude beaches to traffic jams to feng shui. The show has such a tight structure that it stays a satisfying course while still diverting into plenty of odd tangents.

Based on the premise that Lyons is nearly 40 and content to be an under-achiever, Clownbusting sets up plenty to riff on – competition, the precociousness of youth, self-awareness and fascination with misfortune. Lyon’s insights are satisfyingly fleshed out and multi-levelled. There’s a gravitas in them but they never their lose their comic edge. Her idea that happiness equals success minus expectation is explored from many angles as are subjects like ageing bodies, hippie practices and the pull of drugs over art in Amsterdam.

Lyons’ pacing and verbal delivery are excellent. Her ability to diverge and return to topics is sharp as a tack and her material is A-grade quality.

Clownbusting is highly recommended – intelligent, mature and busting with laugh-out-loud moments.

2011 Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Zoe Lyons

Venue: Melbourne Town Hall, Powder Room | Cnr Swanston & Collins Sts, Melbourne
Dates: 31 March – 24 April, 2011
Times: Tue-Sat 7.15pm, Sun 6.15pm
Duration: 60 minutes
Tickets: $29.50 – $25

Bookings: Ticketmaster 1300 660 013 | At the door

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