Spot the Difference | The Stevenson Experience

Spot the Difference | The Stevenson ExperiencePhoto – Monica Plonk

Biology is the comedy chemistry in The Stevenson Experience. Aussie identical twins Benjamin and James Stevenson sass and banter their show into an ideal blend of structured storyline mixed with natural improvisation.

In the comedy spectrum, The Stevenson Experience sits in the positive piss-taking category. This means there is a tiny bit of swearing, but it’s contextual ‘as f*ck’. Benjamin and James Stevenson have a natural energy and seem genuinely happy to be on stage. There is no deeper agenda such as criticising politicians or victimising an audience member. They are keen to please the crowd with positivity rather than by roasting or embarrassment.

Casual chit-chat is interspersed with peppy song stories. One tale leads to another, leads to another, until the threads come together at the end with delightful edge-of-the-seat cringing ‘oh noooo – that didn’t happen…did it?!’

The Stevenson Experience has music, but it’s to enhance – not the main feature. On keyboard, Benjamin plays up as the more intellectual and artsy fartsy youngest twin. James strums guitar and later raps, dishing out comeuppance to Benjamin.

Being twins in their late twenties, they are similar in the obvious physical ways but each has unique mannerisms. Their humour is largely based on their lives as identical twins, such as ‘spot the difference’ and situations when they swapped lives. The Stevensons do this to just the right amount to be genuine and satisfy curiosity for the non-twins among us. Their banter is rapid and sassy. It’s all in good jest though, as reflected by the warmth they describe their mum and dad­ – albeit with mirth at the intergenerational differences.

A bonus is James and Ben’s effortless improvisation. Comedians on tour so often have honed their act to the point of ritual perfunctory ‘pause for laughter’. But the Stevensons embrace their stuff ups, which make them human. I imagine a Stevenson family get-together would be filled with tears of laughter.

The Stevenson Experience is a positive non-agenda comedy act with pep. The jokes are based on wit and engaging storytelling, and keep the giggles going even after the show.

 The Stevenson Experience presents
Spot the Difference
Benjamin Stevenson and James Stevenson

Venue: The Street Theatre | 15 Childers St, Canberra ACT
Dates: 24 March 2018
Tickets: $25
Bookings: canberracomedyfestival.com.au

ALSO TOURING

MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL
Venue: The Victoria Hotel (Acacia Room) 215 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC
Dates: 29 March – 22 April 2018
Bookings: www.comedyfestival.com.au

SYDNEY COMEDY FESTIVAL
Venue: The Thatcher’s Cider House at the Factory Theatre, 105 Victoria Rd, Enmore NSW
Dates: 17 & 19 May 2018
Bookings: www.sydneycomedyfest.com.au

 

Related Articles

Oedipus Schmoedipus | Intimate Spectacle Oedipus Schmoedipus | Intimate Spectacle
The audience gasps as their eyes react to the onslaught and giggle a little while they wait for something to happen. Photos – Rob Maccoll Blood, as Stoppard's tragedian says, is compulsory....
The Weight of Light | The Street Theatre The Weight of Light | The Street Theatre
The Weight of Light is a richly crafted local production with universal themes of grief, despair, hope and fear. A range of original songs with intense vocals explain the journey of a soldier’s...

Tags: ,

Most read reviews

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street | TEG Life Like Company

This show features a great cast in an unambitious production of a classic musical in an awful theatre.

The Return of Ulysses | Pinchgut Opera

Pinchgut Opera is a national treasure. This wonderful opera is hardly known in Australia, and to have it so completely brought to life is a gift of enormous proportions.

Gruesome Playground Injuries | Tasmanian Theatre Company

The play zigzags between moments of real pathos, laughter, the farther reaches of psychological motivation and plain old-fashioned gross-out slapstick.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street | TEG Life Like Company

This is without question another ‘born to play’ role for one of this country’s finest performers and genuinely leaves previously versions trailing somewhere far behind.

Opening Gala | 2019 Melbourne Cabaret Festival

Cabaret in Melbourne is thriving and each year, the genre receives a very healthy boost with a dedicated festival.

Most read news

Sweeney Todd

For six shows only in both Melbourne and Sydney, legendary leading man Anthony Warlow and the incomparable Gina Riley are teaming up for a barber-ous bake off in Stephen Sondheim’s and Hugh Wheeler’s thrilling musical masterpiece – Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

18th Bangalow Music Festival 2019

The 18th Bangalow Music Festival 2019 (BMF) has unveiled its stellar 18th BMF program under the theme of Conversations through Chamber Music.

Sign up for our newsletter

* indicates required