Hugs achieved: x2
‘Mispronounced’ is the clever show title of Raewyn Pickering and Urvi Majumdar’s maiden Melbourne International Comedy Festival show. It features the talents of the two up-and-coming comedians as well as a different MC each night, including Matt Stewart (27 March), Nick Capper (28 March) and Eve Ellenbogen (29 March) just to name a few, with many more special MCs to be announced. As Raewyn comments, they have “really great people booked into MC for us…we’re getting more excited as it draws closer”.
Raewyn and Urvi are keen for their split-show to focus on their material and be stand-up focussed. Raewyn brought the pair together, eager to find a comedy partner who had an equally unique name and Urvi was her first pick. “I asked so many other people…. but they were all taken”, Raewyn jokes with a wry smile on her face. The comedians speak of the “good balance” they have found dealing with the challenges of putting on a split-show.
Both performers draw humour from everyday experiences as well as their family and memories of growing up. “I look back really fondly on my childhood but there is also some stuff with hindsight…that was a bit off”, laughs Raewyn. Urvi notes, “my family is Indian, we moved here when I was six. We were super close but as you grow up… there are cultural differences”! “So…we’ve both got lots of material”, concludes Raewyn with a smile.
The truth is an important element to Raewyn and Urvi’s comedy as they “focus on stories (and) not one-liners”. They hope to emulate other talented local comedians. “I think we both really love Becky Lucas…who can just tell a story and have so many punches, and be so engaging…it’s relatable for people”, Raewyn comments. Both performers will “mention our upbringing and having a weird name” she continues which could pose some interesting challenges as their parents are also invited along to the show. “I’m from a big family”, says Raewyn, “they all have relatively normal names…there’s a Chris…there’s an Andy….and I get lumped with this”! When asked about their parent’s comments about their comedy, Urvi responds jovially “they’re always calling me a freak”.
Raewyn and Urvi have worked hard to put together a show that is “exciting”, “promising”, and has an “authentic voice” where audiences “won’t feel alienated”. As Raewyn notes, “people have paid money to go out, we want to give them a good time. We’re trying to make it the best it can possibly be”.
Check out ‘Mispronounced’ from 27 March to 8 April at Tasma Terrace. For more information and to book tickets, click here.