Smack bang in the middle of China Town you can find comedy at the Crab Lab, held at ‘House of Maximon’ (16 Corrs Lane, Melbourne). Up a few stairs, you enter a South American-inspired world with Maximón (aka San Simón) its sentinel. Grab a spot at one of the seats, tables, stools or benches (it’s an eclectic set-up), enjoy the $7 pints and free spicy popcorn while you take in the artwork (lasers coming out of their EYES)! Doors open at 7:30pm for an 8:30pm start.
Now, before we get too far into this. Look at the bill. No seriously, look to the right. I’ll wait… Crab Lab has a packed line up and quality stand up acts! As with similar Melbourne comedy nights, at the end of the evening you pay as much as you think it deserves. I’d recommend you keep a note in your wallet for the end, as you will definitely enjoy yourself!
Now, onto some of the highlight of Crab Lab from 27 July!
Greg Larsen appeared to have a great time as our MC for the night! Well supported by the bar staff, he provided a funny but relaxed and ‘no fuss’ hosting performance! Knowing how many comedians were on the bill for the night, he did a good job keeping the energy and momentum of the night going! HUG ACHIEVED
While initially a little nervous and avoiding eye contact at all costs (possibly as part of his stage persona), Rohan Ganju started off slow but built up solid audience laughs. The delightfully sinister Danielle Walker and all-round good guy Dave Thornton (in a surprise hilarious set) also both nailed their spots.
Two comedians who were complete surprise packets (simply because I had not seen them perform before) were Adam Knox and Jess Perkins. Adam Knox came across as a witty comedian with solid material. Even while “maintaining tradition” with a shot on stage, he maintained a calm and controlled stage presence, which complemented his set well. Jess Perkins, so glam, had unique ideas and solid comedic timing. While the use of props can sometimes detract from a performance, Jess’ “closer” was both hilarious and executed well!
It was a pleasure to briefly meet Danielle, Jess, Adam, ‘The Josh’ Earl, Becky and Dave! In the unlikely event you read this, would definitely be keen to chat comedy with you sometime over beverages/food (my shout obviously)!
The Crab Lab is a great night out for new and experienced comedy spectators alike! Will definitely be coming back!