On 29 March, ‘The 5:30 Show’ offered up the talents of Danny Bensley as MC, Luka Muller (guest performer), Maddy Weeks, Ian McCarthy, Frankie McNair and Harris Stuckey.
Danny executed his role as MC well as he guided the audience throughout the night. He offered up a quality set, filled with relatable content. Danny performed with good stagecraft and appeared an experienced performer, bringing consistent laughs. Luka Muller followed with a surprise guest spot, delighting the audience in a quick set.
Maddy Weeks performed an unpredictable, near rambling, set with a memorable prop and at times, macabre themes which brought decent laughs. She appears to have an unconventional style that might not be everyone’s cup of tea; that said, it’s unclear if ‘The 5:30 Show’ showed off Maddy’s true talents.
After seeing Ian McCarthy in his 2019 MICF split-show ‘Two Matts and a Rat’ in front of a smaller audience, it was great to see Ian hit his strides with a packed house. He performed with confidence and nailed his set, bringing huge laughs. He even managed to get the stoic elderly gentlemen in the second row to belly laugh!
Frankie McNair performed an oddly affable set. She has an intriguing, engaging style that covers serious issues in a light and approachable manner. Frankie is high energy and brought consistent laughs from the audience. Harris Stuckey closed out the night with a laid back approach. His style was not particularly clean, either in content or delivery; however, he presented a left-field approach to traditional observational comedy that gave the audience another comedic perspective to enjoy.
‘The 5:30 Show’ line-up will change night to night so quality may vary, but this show offers a good format for audiences to get a flavour of different up and coming performers. With comedians like Steph Broadbridge waiting in the wings, audiences are guaranteed laughs and to find a comedian they enjoy. Check out the ‘The 5:30 Show’ from 30 March to 21 April at the Melbourne Town Hall. For more information and to book tickets, click here.