MICF: The Fan Brigade – Feminazi Bitches

The Fan Brigade - Feminazi BitchesFemale musical comedy duo The Fan Brigade advised that they are so well-known in their native New Zealand that “We’re even on Google”. If you like a snappy, original (often M-rated) song, you might get quite the kick out of their MICF offering: Feminazi Bitches.

Males raised to treat people with respect, and who have little interest in that open sewer that is social media, might learn a lot from this show. Early on we had a quick overview of the insults hurled at Livi (dark hair, sometime, sort-of keyboard player) and Amanda (redhead, ukulele master) by online trolls, or even just on the street. Their anger at misogyny, and the fury they attract for calling it out, motivated many of their songs.

The righteous annoyance could translate into some (quite descriptive) blue language. Some (uncomfortably) memorable lyrics include “Anal isn’t foreplay, it’s just for birthdays”. This 16+ show (at the hardly ideal hour of 6pm) isn’t going to be for everyone. Yet, The Fan Brigade’s lyrics seem almost polite compared to some from male rappers they shared with us.

Having seen the list of awards and nominations earned by the pair, I was quite looking forward to this show. I admit that I’m not so familiar with the depths of Kiwi accents, and some phrases of up-tempo songs got by me. This was exacerbated by a sound mix which could make the accompaniment too loud. You can’t appreciate the satire if you can’t hear the lyrics, and it was regrettable that technical matters often impaired the performance.

Songs included the challenges of sex in nightclub toilets, and a more mild-mannered diversion on the trials of visiting NZ’s equivalent of an RSL. Amanda and Livi had amusing, competitive banter between songs. Whilst this all looks natural, it suggests how well-rehearsed and professional the act is. They showed themselves capable in a variety of musical styles, with some particular highlights in their blues and jazz stylings.

Once this show gets those sound issues settled, it’s sure to be a lot more satisfying than a lot of the routine stand-up out there. I doubt that filth has ever been sung more sweetly.


The Fan Brigade – Feminazi Bitches
Campari House, Hardware Lane, Melbourne
Performance: Saturday 30 March 2019 – 6.00pm
Season continues to 7 April 2019
Information and Bookings: www.comedyfestival.com.au

Image: The Fan Brigade (supplied)

Review: Jason Whyte

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