Hugs achieved: x2
PickUp is a musical comedy duo featuring Alia and Colin who are embarking on their maiden Melbourne International Comedy Festival show ‘#PickUp’. When asked about the blurb for the show and whether it accurately reflects the experience, “it says the show is about sex? You’re right”, Alia responds with a laugh! Both Alia and Colin have a love for musical comedy and it only seemed fitting to “find the funny” in sex for these two sex-positive and inclusive performers.
‘#PickUp’ is a music-driven comedy show that will focus on putting on an entertaining (and exploratory) night covering all things to do with sex. The duo have also set up a text line for their performance to hear from the audience. Alia notes “We don’t do improvised songs but we have a text line…during the show people can text us questions”. Regardless of what is sent in, Alia and Colin will meet questions with “heartfelt” (and hopefully) humorous responses. “We joke around and have a lot of fun…you ask us anything…we’re going to answer it to the best of our abilities”, says Alia.
“Sex positivity is hard to find”, says Colin as we discuss the driver and catalyst for the show. “It’s hard to find a truly sex positive, inclusive space and we genuinely offer that”. Alia and Colin are determined to put on a show that celebrates sex in a “non-confrontational way” that is accessible to all audience members. As Colin continues, “we were only going to do this if it was truly sex positive and not shaming anyone”, making a show that is “fun for everyone involved”. Alia speaks fondly of the positive feedback they have received from their previous performances, noting the sense of community and connection with an audience. “There’s a really beautiful moment in our songs when there will be a pocket of the audience who will blow up and laugh at particular things…those moments where someone has had that exact experience”.
‘#PickUp’ will feature “good quality music” with “vocal and musical harmonies”, Alia on the electric ukelele and Colin on the electric guitar and a loop pedal. The show is “predominantly songs…we don’t do a lot of skit bits”, says Alia. Both performers have a lot of theatre experiences but appear to be relishing their music driven show as Colin describes “feeling like a rock star is not an insignificant joy in life”! “We’re not nearly as rock as we’d like to be but I think that’s where some of the humour comes from”, adds Alia.
Colin describes PickUp as two experienced performers “being themselves, not putting on a big character, without a strong political bent…being silly”. As Alia professes her love and admiration for musical comedy and Tripod, Colin comments “Tripod is our best comparison….then make it electric….then make it about sex”. The duo note that while the show focuses on sex, it is not designed to “push limits” or “break some taboo”, rather talk about the “true moments in life”, says Colin. PickUp may “say things you wouldn’t normally say in public…but at the end of the day, we’re quite vanilla”, Alia adds, with a bit of feedback from an audience member, “I expected that to be much dirtier, but actually you guys are quite sweet”!
Alia encourages audiences to try something new, “go see something that’s not just a guy talking into a microphone” and let that new thing be ‘#PickUp’. “Our song writing always starts with a core concept…human sexuality, and we make it funny”. “This is a really tight show”, says Colin as he emphasises the polished condition of ‘#PickUp’, “by the time we hit the festival, it will be schmick”!
Check out Alia and Colin in ‘#PickUp’ from 27 March to 8 April at the 2018 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. For more information and to book tickets, click here.