Artspace, Wed Jun 11
For those of you that may not know, Yon (AKA Simon Hall) is the wide-eyed shorter-than-the-other-guys guy from the much-loved musical comedy trio, Tripod. Making his solo debut at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in dressing gown, socks and slippers, accompanied on stage by the similarly attired Nao Anzai on keyboards and drum machine – the oldest member of the band and Georgia Mooney in her elegant nightdress on piano and mandolin, Yon opens up his heart, his mouth and his deviant mind on the somewhat unsuspecting Artspace audience – but I don’t think anyone really minded… almost no one, anyway!
This really is an insight into the typical male mind; the one that constantly thinks of sex and how to get it; the seven-year-old boy with his first of many erections; the man who says cringe worthy wrong things in an argument with his wife; the mid-life crisis man who wants a divorce from his life in search of his lost youth; the one who twists the truth to his wife about buck show strippers!
Not afraid to step out into the audience to share a provocative piece of news or snippet of a sexy song, Yon and his beautifully-harmonising stage buddies have the audience moving between gasps of “Did he really say that?” and fits of laughter with his ‘chivalry sex’ song .05% Closer To Fucking Her; his tale of being the sex monkey that climbs the tree that is a tall woman; his lamenting and the life changes that come with having children with If My Kids Were My Girlfriend, I’d Have Broken Up With Them By Now – a sentiment I’m sure many women could relate to as well! The duet with the seemingly demure Mooney was a contrast to her screaming, pleading, slap-me-harder sex talk; together it was fabulous on so many levels.
For all the smut from the thoughts of the deep, dark mind of Yon, his first stand-up show was a real crowd pleaser; his honesty and naïve charm shone. Yon And His Prism Of Sexy Thoughts is not your average Cabaret Festival show but it was funny, musical, deviant and, I suspect, very cathartic for all those men (and women) who have had ‘those’ thoughts but never voiced them!
by Catherine Blanch
Yon And His Prism Of Sexy Thoughts continues at Artspace, Adelaide Festival Centre, until Fri Jun 13.