The group was well-led by MC Codie Bell, with a fantastic set that had the audience chuckling and on-side well before she coined the term, “Precious goose.”
No one starts the day thinking they’ll be laughing at someone with an auto-immune disease, but next up was Laura Campbell, with a funny take on her chronic illness and upcoming hip replacement, wringing laughs from unfortunate scenarios.
Ellie Windred was next, with what was surely a Comedy Festival record for seguing from observation comedy to genocide humour. Claire Hagan took a less animated route, her droll delivery of stories of love and vengeance an amusing contrast to the others.
Finally, Maddy Weeks’ had a strong set that rounded off the show in a satisfying way. There were occasional lapses – in both the quality of the jokes and the energy of the performers – but for the most part, this was a nice evening of sharp humour that didn’t have to try to offend to get laughs, or get too dark.
Act Like A Lady
Basement Cafe, 350 La Trobe Street, Melbourne
Performance: Thursday 13 April 2017 – 6.00pm
Season continues to 23 April 2017
Information and Bookings: www.comedyfestival.com.au
Image: Act Like A Lady
Review: David Collins