Hug achieved: x1
‘Shoes are Overrated’, a split show featuring Caili Christian and Nat Malcolm, focuses on how two people from similar backgrounds with so much in common, can turn out so different. “Nat and I are pretty much polar opposites. I’m the big mouthy brunette, she’s the laid-back country blonde… we both grew up in the country… which is kind of the point” says Caili.
After bonding over a couple of drinks and some banter at one of their first forays into the stand-up world around 18 months ago, Caili has enjoyed their collaboration and putting the show together. She notes it has been a “bit of fun… showcasing our differences” and “different life experiences”.
Originally from Nambucca Heads, Nat has been “improv… and acting trained” but came to stand-up comedy at a similar time as Caili, she says in Nat’s absence. Caili is from Albury but doesn’t “like telling people that”! Her comedy is largely derived from real experiences, “stuff that’s actually happened”. There is “no need for me to make stuff up because I have done some ridiculous things”.
There is a lot of excitement around their maiden MICF show after “working towards it for a year and a half”, though Caili notes she is tempering these feelings with getting the administration side of things done first. Caili praises the support of Kate from the Highlander, the “amazing little venue” where they will be performing their show.
Caili’s love of comedy started when she was young, from getting “bootleg copies of Rodney Rude” and any other stand-up she could get her hands on. She comments on the lack of a regular stand-up scene in Albury and her decision to make a “late start” in comedy due to other family priorities. But after moving to Melbourne, she got inspired. Caili recounts a story of meeting Nadine Sparks at a gig, where Nadine re-ignited the flame and told her “if you want to do it, just go and do it”!
From chatting with Caili, it appears she has had a positive experience with other comedians supporting her journey into stand-up, particularly the “circle of new comics” who started around the same time. Caili helps run a monthly comedy night for the ‘Comedy Women’s Association’ (CWA) at Mad Dog (42 Albert Street, Footscray). As well as “bickies and cake for everyone”, Caili wants the room to be a gig for “new female comics to start in a warm space” and for established “female comics to do new material”. With quality headliners each night, the room hopes to create a “sense of community within a community”.
“Come and see some new comics… support the up and comers” says Caili, “then go see” the established ones. Caili says their show is about “having fun and finding the ridiculous moments in the world”. She hopes the audience will have a laugh and “forget about their world for a little bit”. Caili adds, “that is as touchy feely as I get about it I suppose”!
Check out ‘Shoes are Overrated’ featuring Caili Christian and Nat Malcolm from 11 to 15 April & 18 to 22 April 2017 at the Highlander. For more information and to book tickets, click here.
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