Two word review: Worth it.
If you can take one bit of advice from this website, go see Comedy @ Spleen.
For comedy enthusiasts, this will be covering old ground but Comedy @ Spleen is an institution… and if it isn’t, it should be. Held on Mondays at the Spleen Bar (41 Bourke Street, Melbourne), it offers two hours of laughs with comedians (sometimes from around the world) pumping out quality jokes as well as providing an opportunity to test new material.
For some, Comedy @ Spleen is appealing because it is so cheap. You pay what you feel it deserved (minimum gold coin). The cost is important, as it should stop audiences from becoming hostile if they do not enjoy the comedy at hand, in classic “I paid for good comedy” style. Nevertheless, an alcohol filled audience is still prone to the poorly timed heckle. My recommendation, at the end of the night give more $ than the minimum, you’ll have a good time and the cash will be appreciated.
Aaron Gocs MC’d the evening, taking over from one half of the Little Dum Dum Club Podcast’s Karl Chandler who said hi*! Aaron did a top job dealing with the thirsty crowd (for both comedy and booze). Despite times where he mumbled and lost some confidence, Aaron used self-deprecating humour to great effect and his comedy shone when talking about his kids and his love for them. He may have a mullet, but the man appreciates the important things in life. Aaron did a great job keeping the energy up and making me want a Big M. *Karl didn’t even call anyone a dickhead… I was impressed!
The stand out for the night for me was Danielle Walker. The snippets of Danielle’s set online do not do her comedy justice as she smashed her short set @Spleen. Danielle hit some uncomfortable limits for some audience members but thrilled others. Very keen to see her offering for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2017.
Adam Rozenbachs’ set was clever and relatable. Having not seen much of his work before, Adam produced a solid series of jokes without breaking a sweat. Despite wanting to avoid the phrase ‘professionalism’, Adam nailed the short set and gave the audience what they were after. There was no indication Adam was trying out new material, so if he was, kudos. Will have to download an episode of his AFL Podcast ‘JunkTime’ and check it out.
Mike Goldstein’s set worked well for the packed gig, got solid laughs and appeared relaxed on stage. The guy seems like a likable character and an experienced comic. No fuss but very funny stand up.
I rate Demi Lardner. This I’ve already covered here, after seeing her 2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Show ‘Life Mechanic’. Demi’s stature makes it difficult for the latecomers to see what is going on, on stage, but if this is all I am pulling her up on, you know she nailed her spot.
The choice of Ivan Aristeguieta to close out the show was a good one! Ivan brings lots of energy to the stage, which draws the audience’s slightly inebriated attention. Ivan used audience interaction to support his set well, and while claiming he was trying out new material, appeared to get laughs beyond his expectation. Ivan has a show on sale for Melbourne-based punters on 2 July if you’re keen to check him out. Would love to sit down with Ivan to chat, to talk about comedy but also to ask…what is the bouncy ball all about?
Hugging Comedians will be returning to Comedy @ Spleen…. when those Monday night beers wear off…