Half Steam Ahead! is a hybrid of comedic styles, through which Coutis weaves his spot on physical prowess, with a quick wit and masterful story telling. It is a boiling pot of ideas, all simmering together to create an exquisite show that would satisfy even the fussiest of palettes.
Coutis holds nothing back as he takes the audience on his cruise ship journey, a journey full of car chases, poker games, invoking an underworld God and a sneaky stand up comedy set. Each sketch is perfectly crafted and timed, allowing each moment to land while maintaining the overall story.
With such a tech heavy show, reliant on each effect landing, it is easy to go off the rails, but not with Coutis at the helm. The show keeps pace with his bounce less energy and each gag, character and transition is flawless. The audience is but putty in the hands of this consummate performer.
Half Steam Ahead! is an absolute must see during this years festival – utterly deserving of an extended run, with no doubt an exemplary spotlight shone upon Coutis come the awards.
Con Coutis: Half Steam Ahead!
The Butterfly Club (downstairs), 5 Carson Place, Melbourne
Performance: Monday 4 April 2022
Season continues to 10 April 2022
For more information, visit: www.comedyfestival.com.au for details.
Image: Con Coutis stars in Half Steam Ahead! (supplied)
Review: Gavin Roach