Two word review: subterraneous entertainment.
Before going to Dirty Secrets Comedy I had no idea basement stand-up could be so good. From the runners who also bring the Sunday laughs at Club Voltaire, Dirty Secrets Comedy is held on Wednesdays, is free entry and kicks off at 8:30pm.
Caz Reitop's Dirty Secrets (80 Smith Street, Collingwood) is a warm venue with prohibition-era/speakeasy-style décor. There’s a decent range of beers and cocktails, on a busy night you might have to wait a bit for your drink, but you will not miss any comedy!
On 3 August, on a mixed night of stand-up, the runners were able to vary up those who were scheduled to perform with a couple of surprise comedians including runner Peter Jones who continues to impress! Below are a couple of highlights from the night!
Starting with our MC for the evening, Xander Allan did a superb job! Xander is a very funny guy who executed both his rehearsed and adlibs bits well! You know what else I really value in an MC? Diction. Xander was clear and introduced the acts well, keeping the night flowing. It sounds pretty basic but diction and clarity are skills that are sometimes left wanting in environments where inebriants are so prevalent. Without trying to inflate the man’s ego, I would not have any hesitation recommending Xavier as an MC for other gigs around town.
I appreciate the honesty of Blake “get a Twitter already” Freeman. The youthful comedian, who kind of looks like a mix of Harry Styles and every member of Hanson combined, opened up the night well with some oddly insightful comedy. Without knowing Blake at all, I felt he carefully tread the line between fictional and ‘true-story’ comedy with an apparent genuine onstage persona. Blake shows really good signs of comedic thought process and I’m keen to see how this transitions into a full-length set.
How do you like your puns? Well, the statesman Damian Cosgriff has many to offer and there is sure to be something on the menu you will like! Damian powered out a couple of gems, delivered in an almost nonchalant way which added to the humour of his set. HUG ACHIEVED
As soon as Evan Hocking began his set, I was reminded of the musings of Dave Hughes. Starting off slowly and taking a joke or two to get the audience on board, Evan delivered a thought-out set and executed his joke transitions well. In a brief chat with Evan after the gig, he appeared fully cognisant to areas of improvement for future gigs despite nailing his set.