Left – Jeff Green
1600+ patrons filled the Riverside Theatre for a phenomenon I had not previously encountered or even heard of. However Perth based promoter John Mc Allister informed me it is a program-style he has run with similar success over several previous years. Listening to the bar and interval accents I would guess the vast proportion were of the above racial (?) groups and indeed many were repeat patrons, sure of a good night's entertainment. They were not disappointed.
Jeff Green introduced the shambolic Vladimir Mc Tavish who after a series of amusing self deprecating descriptions ("Rod Stewart's let himself go!"), whisked the audience through a whirlwind tour of stand up topics. Susan Boyle, alcoholic reveries, imagined Scottish citizenship entry questionnaires, Aussie bogans in Thailand all came in for an hilarious serve, but the highlight was an inspired African crisis broadcast for salt for the desperate Britons who had run out because of the dreadful snow causing a road crisis situation. Reverse situation comedy brilliance!
Ian Coppinger was next on the bill who listed his assets as Dubliner, 44 years old, 5'2'' in height, bogan and bald. After a lovely quip about our Customs Officers; "Like the homeless really. They all stand about asking "Have you got any food?" An on-tour reference on the "ironically named Darwin, a place where obviously no evolution has ever taken place", was a winner.
He finished with classic Irish shaggy dog about Christmas morning drinks and the ensuing chaos. This lead into a hold-up situation where the hostages had just ordered a round and negotiated to take their drinks into holding room. Very Irish, very funny.
Post- interval Jeff Green, (UK) finally came into his own with a great set about his life as a family man in his adopted city of Melbourne. I had seen his work previously and he was a perfect foil to the visiting comedians. He has a light relaxed pace with plenty of physicality. After introducing his children, Lucifer (5) and Voldermort (3), he regaled us with witty exploits ranging from travel with children on planes, "welcome as two leaking bags of horseshit" and contemporary children's birthday parties, "Will there be inhalers available? Is all the food gluten-free?" I could only empathise when he described comments like "They grow up so fast don't they?" as in reality "Their early progress is glacial".
The final comedian English comedian Gavin Webster, with a thick Newcastle on Tyne accent, and rocket-speed delivery threw some pearlers at the audience. His references included the ubiquitous $1.00 shops; "Thanks I'll have a nice house" and a fantastic diatribe about the "Trendy Left; Fair Trade, balsamic vinegar, futon crowd."
His take on television advertisements for down at heel Colleges (Universities) to woo almost any potentential entrants had the crowd in stitches. Alluring ads that lure all the wrong people into tertiary educations i.e. "The Spanners".
All in all it was a great night of traditional stand up perfectly pitched to an appreciative crowd.
One show only.
An Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman
Gavin Webster (Englishman), Ian Copppinger (Irishman) & Vladimir Mc Tavish (Scotsman)
M.C. Jeff Geen
Venue: Riverside Theatre | Perth Convention Centre
Date: Saturday 14 July 2012
Tickets: from $59.90