Cath Styles has invited around a few of her comedic besties and they’re having an open party every night, with everyone invited. That’s what Girl's Night feels like – add in table seating and an upstairs bar and I could sit there all night.
As it is, the 50-minute time slot only allows three guests per night, chosen from a line up as varied as it is long. What they have in common in a pretty high chance they’ll tick the ‘Female’ box in a survey.
Our night opened with Nikki Britton, whose show Romanticide is running at the Ladies Lounge in the Forum. Nikki has been spending her weekends “celebrating other people’s successes in life” and wondering why she’s still single. But it’s given her a keen eye for dancefloor trends across the generations, and time to work out some pretty smart theories on reversing the ageing process. Or how, as she says, “you can Benjamin Button this shit back to your 30s”.
But the real hilarity kicks in when she shares – OK, overshares – the logistical challenges of finding intimacy with a date who has chosen to stay a virgin. This might not be the show you take your grandmother to, as one grand-daughter discovered on the front row, although granny was laughing like a drain. So did my husband, so don’t think it’s all for the girls. However, Girls Night is a chance to vent a lot of sexual angst in the room, and MC Cath Styles reveals the trials of going back to dating when you’ve got adult sons.
By contrast Act Two is married, sometimes happily.
If you like your comedy cultured, political and sharp, you’ll love Sameena Zehra, who is also co-hosting the Cult of Comedy cabaret shows upstairs at Little Sista. She might also give you some ideas for recycling voodoo dolls.
Completely different again was the final act of the night, Fringe Wives Club, whose show Glittery Clittery is on a the Greek Centre. There is soooo much glitter – couldn’t comment on the other bits – plus oodles of attitude and facial expressions to back up some excellent musical skills. These elegant ladies present their comedy in song and interpretive dance, and very clever they are too.
As they explain, they’ve combined activism with glamour to present their own brand of #glamtavism and their targets range from the ridiculous (lack of pockets in women’s clothing) to the squirm-in-your-seat-familiarity of #everdaysexism.
Combining the talents of Tessa Waters, Rowena Hutson and Victoria Falconer-Pritchard – all award winners in their own right – the trio is one of three shows being supported this year by the Moosehead award scheme.
On other nights you might come across at Girl's Night include Mandy Nolan, Bev Killick, Alice Fraser, Diana Nguyen, Georgie Carroll and Sally Kimpton.
Such good value – treat yourself.
Laughing Girl Productions presents
Cath Styles in Girl's Night
Venue: The Upstairs Lounge at Little Sista, 240 Little Collins St, Melbourne
Dates: Until April 9, 2017
Times: Tuesday to Sunday, 6.30pm (50 minutes)
Tickets: $25 – $20
Bookings: www.trybooking.com/254412 and at the door