Half A Wake | Tracey Cosgrove

Half A Wake | Tracey CosgrovePhoto – James Penlidis

Having honed her skills as a comedian in Tasmania and performing in the national finals of RAW Comedy in 2011, Tracey Cosgrove is now bursting onto the national stage with her one woman show, Half A Wake, presented as part of the 2012 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Thanks to Hannah Gadsby, we know that good comedy can come out of Tasmania and Cosgrove, a totally different style of comedian, cheerfully keeps that state's flag flying

The death of her favourite Uncle Brian, who's pet name for her was Racer Tracer, and the many mishaps surrounding his funeral, not least of which was the speech delivered by second cousin Doug (a rather shady figure to say the least and an unrepentent ladies' man), has led her to contemplate how she would want her wake to be – definitely no fighting relatives, no inappropriate songs, and no offensive speeches by second cousins.

Cosgrove has a very distinctive taste in dress, which she happily flaunts, singing the praises of Spotlight where she managed to find the fabric for her current frock, which is something that needs to be seen to be believed. Hers is a quirky, bubbly character who takes her audience on an eccentric romp through family stories about life, death and partying; after all that's what a wake should be, a big party!

If you are needing ideas on how best to organise your own wake, and equally be made aware of some dangerous pitfalls that need to be avoided, then this is the show for you.

Oh, and by the way, it's a laugh a minute!

Ta-Daa! Professional Entertainment presents
Half a Wake
Tracey Cosgrove

Venue: Three Degrees | QV Square, Cnr Swanston & Lonsdale Sts, Melbourne
Dates: 10 – 21 April 2012
Times: Tue-Sat 7.45pm 
Duration: 50 minutes
Tickets: $18 – $15
Bookings: 3dcomedy.com.au/bookings | At the door

Part of the 2012 Melbourne International Comedy Festival

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