‘Shut your Juicy Mouth’ is advertised as the MICF debut of three comedians, who have a range of experiences and backgrounds. The split show is divided into three parts, with each of the comedians performing a 15 to 20 minute set.
The show is held in the Loop Project Space & Bar, which is an excellent venue choice. It is intimate in respect to the depth of the room but it also offers space for the comedian to work with.
While bookended with an entertaining segment featuring the three performers, the show does not have a central theme and the acts do not intersect/overlap. With the focus on the individual performances, I have broken down the discussion to consider each of the acts.
Performing to a packed house that became more packed with latecomers arriving early in her set, Phoebe O’Brien started the night off well. She delivered some quality, earnest comedy that appeared to be drawn from her own life to which the audience could relate. Phoebe may have felt a moment or two of understandable nerves where she may have benefited from a deep breath and slowing her pace down. While I try and avoid commenting on comedian’s attire, Phoebe’s jacket could not be missed and added little bit of magic to her performance.
Stephen Porter followed and produced a set filled with longer fluid stories. He nailed some solid punch lines and covered a couple of topics in fresh’ish ways. There were a couple of moments where I felt Stephen could have explored his chosen topics further, to drill down on the humour available. That said, his sheepish disposition felt endearing as he covered entertaining stories that were full of feeling.
Phoebe and Stephen both performed some strong material. However, their sets felt a little less ‘tight’ and the strong material lost some impact when not built upon, causing the sets to lose momentum.
The standout for the night was Anthony McCormack who delivered a well crafted set with clear delivery. He used pauses and repetition particularly well. While not all the material landed, Anthony had the audience engaged and used his time on stage really well.
I had a fun time with ‘Shut your Juicy Mouth’ but would have liked to see a bit more polish. That said, it provided an excellent opportunity to see three comedians who I have never seen before showcase their talent.
Congrats to Anthony, Phoebe and Stephen for starting their MICF journey, looking forward to seeing how it continues in years to come!
You can see ‘Shut your Juicy Mouth’ on 30 to 31 March & 1 April 2017 at the Loop Project Space & Bar. Click here for more information and to book tickets!
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