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‘Don’t Get Mad at Me’ presents as an exploration of an influential event in Eve Ellenbogen’s life and how it changed both her perspective and experiences as a woman. Without spoiling the core theme, Eve has developed a show that tackles some uncomfortable issues. That said, she has the fervour and capability to handle them. Eve remarks that there is some consideration about “figuring out what you’re allowed to talk about on stage” but in reality, “you can talk about anything”. It is just about “how you introduce it”.
Despite winning the inaugural ‘North Melbourne Comedy Competition’, Eve’s comedy roots are wider reaching. Born in New York, Eve began her comedy career performing stand-up to expatriates in South Korea. But her worldliness does not end there, she has travelled to Europe, the United Kingdom, India and Nepal. Eve has also studied in Scotland and this is where another passion becomes apparent – writing and constitutional law. “It’s fucking interesting” says Eve, remarking on the “old documents” that have formed “an entire country….a small text that effects so much”.
In the lead up to the MICF, Eve has been gigging “between four and eight” times a week. Taking the lead from her comedy influences Wanda Sykes and Louis C.K, Eve remarks that “you have to work really hard” in the stand-up business. Eve relishes when an audience is appreciative of her material, which makes the hard work worth it. “If someone connects with it, it means a lot to me”. “Sometimes people are surprised…at the things they find funny”. She makes note of a particular male fan who told her that his wife would love Eve’s comedy. Eve remarks “don’t tell me you laughed on behalf of your wife… it’s ok for you to laugh about a woman talking about being a woman”.
From a brief chat with Eve you will learn two things. One, Eve has a determination to do what she wants; and two, Eve does not take stick from anyone. “I’m not going to live a life I do not want to live”! With such optimism she also remarks “none of it matters”. A traditionally pessimistic phrase but said with an air of endless possibility, “it is so freeing” says Eve, “you could be anything”.
When it comes to her MICF show, Eve shows the same level of frankness. Covering “an amalgamation of experiences” she will “talk about the hard things in life”. While some may find it provocative, Eve wants to “find something true that no one is talking about”, to find the funny but also for her audience to feel “real”. “I’ve heard very few people be as honest” as she has in their comedy shows, says Eve. But what’s the most important thing you need to know about Eve before seeing her show? Leave your preconceptions at the door.
See Eve Ellenbogen in ‘Don’t Get Mad at Me’ at Trades Hall from 30 March to 4 April & 6 to 9 April 2017. For more details about the show and to book tickets, click here.
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