Each of the three comedians presented a different perspective and performed with contrasting styles. Their diverse history and backgrounds complemented the split-show format. As there is no apparent structure or framework in ‘Two Matts and a Rat’, it is a ‘no frills’ type of show, covering issues such as family, finding love and mental health amongst many others.
Hespe opened the night with classic observational comedy. He performed with an apparent honest and open approach, which made his material more relatable. With equal parts vulnerability and good humour, Hespe performed with flow throughout his set. McCarthy followed with a well-structured set, performed with purpose and good timing. His stories brought decent laughs, covering content on a wide range of seriousness. As the night progressed, the energy of the performers decreased, with Vasquez closing out the night. Vasquez’s delivery may be low energy but it is equally unique and memorable. While Vasquez’s set lacked some punch, the foundations were strong.
Throughout this preview night, there were lots of grins and smiles, a couple of big laughs and an occasional ‘aww’ in front of a small but supportive crowd. As with any preview night, there were a couple of nerve and technical hiccups that will be ironed out throughout their MICF run.
‘Two Matts and a Rat’ is an accessible and largely enjoyable MICF split-show from three up and coming comedians. Check it out from 28 March to 7 April 2019 at Tasma Terrace. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.