The Garden Of Unearthly Delights’ Studio 7, Wed Feb 25
Oh thank God for Felicity Ward! Some proper , ruthless, balls-out funny stand-up that stands out in an ocean of festival flim flam; other shows have been not quite ready, not quite funny, keeping on talking substituting for wit, humour or any facility with language. Felicity Ward is different, she rocks.
Ward paid lip-service to the notion of a festival show with a theme, a subject – perception – how we are perceived changes with 360 degree vision, how we present ourselves, illusion (which is magic and with the intent to deceive), how what we display is the tip of our personal iceberg, ninety per cent is concealed. All worth examining but we’re here to laugh and she causes the laughter to come in waves down the room.
With a happy mixture of personal stories – watching cricket with Dad as a kid – and political observation, of which there is far too little in comedy circles, she is spikily charming and raucously funny without vulgarity. Well, a wee bit, but in homeopathic quantities.
She has the crowd eating from the palm of her hand. It is a Wednesday, we were a bit apathetic and we were a bit ungenerous with the applause breaks, which she didn’t hesitate to point out. She’s got all the skills and techniques: there are visual jokes, set ups, call backs, smart observation of Australian sporting culture which is informed and intelligent, but she also brings in her love of words which made me want to dash to Google to see what she is talking about.
The whole performance is exuberant and quick witted, a double dose of top class Saturday night comedy which is rare enough in a weekend club, never mind in the rarefied atmosphere of a festival.
Felicity Ward performs The Iceberg at The Garden Of Unearthly Delights’ Studio 7 until Sun Mar 1.
Book at FringeTIX on 1300 621 255 or adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix. Click HERE to purchase your tickets.
Image courtesy of Steve Ullathorne.