The laughs of HLN’s 2018 Melbourne Fringe Festival show were largely drawn from the dysfunctional elements of the relationships they portrayed on stage. After seeing HLN at the 2017 Melbourne Fringe Festival, the 2018 show largely stuck to the same tropes and did not appear to mature from experience. While not against raised voices during a scene to demonstrate tension, some performers again struggled to find the right balance between humour and excessive repetitive yelling.
On the evening of 12 September 2018, there were standout performers who brought big laughs through engaging and animated performances. These performers stood out amongst others who struggled to find the right tone of the night, which was made more evident during the shorter improv-heavy scenes. While each scene appeared to have a ‘real-world’ catalyst, many took turns into absurdist places. These were entertaining but reduced how much an audience could relate to the material.
This considered, the performers demonstrated in a handful of scenes the full strength of their wit and comedic intelligence. For instance, a low-energy scene commenting on our relationship with technology showed nuanced writing that could have been demonstrated in other elements of the show. Further, the over-the-top dramatic nature of some of the characters worked well and were memorable on a busy night filled with peculiar characters.
Here.Live.Now presents an enjoyable hour of sketch comedy that provides fast-paced entertainment and a good opportunity to see some of Melbourne’s developing sketch performers. Check out Here.Live.Now at the 2018 Melbourne Fringe Festival from 14 to 16 September. Click here for more information and to book tickets.