What do you do when you’ve performed everything? Whimsical entertainer Garry Starr (aka Damian Warren-Smith) is back with an answer… why you conquer Troy of course! After an outstanding Fringe Festival run, Starr returns to Australia with his new book Garry’s Way: How to do Good Acting, and his show Garry Starr Conquers Troy.
A turbulent journey of nonsense, Starr epitomises the vibe of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He is outrageous, joyous, silly and immensely likeable. His ability to flip from pompous egomaniac to self-deprecating wounded puppy is second to none, keeping the audience on side.
A highly improvised performance that involves a lot of audience interaction and participation, Starr breaks the fourth wall from the moment he steps on stage and continues that theme throughout. There’s an element of highbrow humour as Starr cleverly rewrites classic songs to fit the historical theme, but a knowledge of Greek history is not required to enjoy this show.
Starr has an infectious energy on stage and is one of the few performers audience members actually want to join on stage. Garry Starr Conquers Troy is a cleverly crafted choose your own adventure performance that allows Starr to play with style and character.
It’s neither narrative nor stand up. But whatever is it that Garry Starr does, it’s highly entertaining.
2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Garry Starr Conquers Troy
Venue: The Tower | The Coopers Malthouse, 113 Sturt St, South Melbourne VIC
Dates: 28 March – 21 April 2019
Tickets: $24 – $32