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“Our show has a massive hook, it’s all music…it’s like a mini gala” says Stewart ‘Stew’ Walker, discussing the upcoming MICF show ‘All Star Musical Comedy Showcase with Greg Champion & Friends’. The show features the musical comedy talents of Stew, Greg Champion, Rohan Windle, Claire Healy (7pm show only) and Geraldine Quinn (9pm show only). It is a line-up that offers diversity in chosen instruments as well as performance style and set content. Stew comments that the “comedy scene can be monotonal at times” and a show like theirs can break this cycle. “If people are sick of hearing from guys in their twenties talk about tinder” then this is the show for you!
As a producer and performer of the show, Stew speaks fondly of his fellow comedians and what they will bring to the Showcase. He does not like to play favourites as it is like “trying to pick your favourite kid” but Stew relishes in the “fantastic feedback” that both Claire and Rohan received following their performances in the 2016 iteration of the show. Stew highlights Greg’s experience and skill adding, “everyone loves the Coodabeens”. And finally, Stew is almost a little too supportive of the “complete package” Geraldine, whose “rock diva vibe” and “amazing voice” almost blows him away.
While incredibly supportive of his co-stars, Stew is experienced in his own right, a history that he speaks about modestly. Even though comedy was not in the forefront of Stew’s music at a young age he still wrote a “few novelty songs” during his younger years - “For a long time I was a comedy wannabe”. Stew describes a shyer man who starting busking in Bourke Street Mall as a teenager, who developed into a performer on the Melbourne open mic circuit. He comments that his experience has helped him understand the “process of what makes a good song…whether it is a comedy song or not”.
Since featuring on Adam Hills’ TV show ‘Gordon Street Tonight’ five years ago (click here for the full clip), Stew has continued to develop his comedy career to become a more well-rounded performer. His material has remained eclectic covering topics from love and loss, classic dad jokes, The Beatles, coffee shops and even Frank Walker from National Tiles!
Stew is unsure of where his comedy career will take him but he knows that sharing his material with others and seeing them enjoy it is “really satisfying”. He has focussed on the accessibility of his work, keeping it “clean” but also thinking of new projects to open up avenues for new punters to fall in love with musical comedy. Stew’s foray into producing has proven fruitful with a number of positive experiences already under his belt, with more projects possibly in the works.
While Stew cannot speak for the other comedians who are part of the Showcase, he attests that he hopes the show is filled with “funny songs” and that his audiences go away happy but also wanting to come back for more musical comedy. With a line-up that has this potential, Stew should surely get his wish.
Keen to get amongst this evening of musical comedy? The ‘All Star Musical Comedy Showcase with Greg Champion & Friends’ is on for one night only on 1 April 2017, with shows on at 7pm and 9pm. For more information and to book tickets, click here!
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