Alex presents as a confident performer, who demonstrated good technique with a microphone and put forward a positive stage presence throughout his set. ‘Positive Self Image’ did not have a consistent narrative or theme; rather it included an assortment of observations, some with segues and others starkly without.
While not discussing Hamish’s performance here, he and Alex have different styles and material focus, which do not necessarily appeal to the same audience. The transition between ‘the opener’ and the ‘main act’ felt a little stilted and the ‘warming’ of the audience was not effective.
Alex’s material was for the most part relatable; however, his setups had more potential for humour than what was captured. His observations were interesting but require more exploration to find the ‘best bits’ before moving onto the next topic.
The MICF brings a wide and varied range of audience members to shows, including four audience members who had “taken a punt” to see ‘Positive Self Image’. Audience members are unlikely to replicate the crowds of supportive comedy nights around Australia and thus the material must adapt and be strong enough to withstand this variety of attendees.
Alex has good technique on stage and his maiden experience with the MICF will improve his comedy substantially.
Check out Alex Harris in ‘Positive Self Image’ from 3 to 7 April 2017 at The Owl and Cat Theatre. For more information and to book tickets, click here.
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