This classic split show divides the hour of laughs between the three performers, where each comedian brings a different style and focus. Tom opened up the night with some direct story telling and audience banter. He had a cheeky demeanour as he ran through his set. Ben Squires followed with a lower energy set that brought decent laughs as well as some groans. Both covered some traditional observational tropes dealing with family, sex, jobs and the future.
The decent crowd for the night was a bit shy with Ben and Tom slightly hyperaware of their reactions. Both demonstrated decent technique and storytelling but also suffered from being overly sensitive to audience feedback (or the lack thereof). This reactive approach did not appear to help warm up the already timid audience.
Steph Broadbridge closed out the show with sharp jokes and a couple of songs performed with a ukulele, putting on a performance that was the highlight of the evening. It’s difficult to tell if Steph puts on a character in her performance, regardless, the amplified personality she presented onstage drew the audience in. To sum up how well Steph performed, it is worth noting that she broke someone with laughter…in a good way. Steph was a standout and demonstrated she has the skills to own a room – here’s hoping we see more of her at the 2019 MICF.
‘Ben, Steph and Tom’s Split Show’ offers a good opportunity to check out three Sydney-based comedians who many Melbournians will not have seen perform before. Each offers something different and you may find the comedian who is right for you.
You can see ‘Ben, Steph and Tom’s Split Show’ on 6 and 8 April 2018. For more information and to book tickets, click here.