Blade University by Maddy Weeks

By Lisa Clark

Maddy Weeks has made some really bad decisions. They are not all sword related, but many are; real and metaphorical. On opening night it’s still a bit rough around the edges, but with the support of the audience, Maddy puts together a very entertaining Fringe Solo Debut.

Maddy’s bad choices have made her lose all confidence in her decision-making abilities and thus she constantly asks the audience how they think the show is going and if it is OK for her to do her next bit and so forth. It can get a bit repetitive at times but her cheeky stage presence keeps the audience on side. Maddy, originally from Goulburn and now in Canberra, obviously comes to her debut Melb Fringe show with some experience.

The title, Maddy’s outfit of real chainmail and Morter board and fabulous introduction by “Voice Over Man” got me very pumped up and excited that this was going to be all about Maddy’s love of swords and medieval stuff. I was all ready to recommend this to my gaming friends. But a short way into the show she drops the costume and the title’s theme to go into the more mundane topics of her bad decision making, including relationships and stories about vomiting. Not that there was anything wrong with that, really.

The structure has a little ramshackle feel, it is there if you think about it though and I enjoyed the red herrings of will we or won’t we see a sword. The picture of her 11th birthday party was a highlight and after a lot of teasing it would’ve been nice for her to give us an ending with an enlarged photo or a slide show of her whole sword collection rather than the actual ending that felt a little tacked on.

Maddy is a charming and funny young comedian with a lot of potential and is a great person to spend an hour with. Blade University was loads of fun, we didn’t learn a hell of a lot about swords but we enjoyed learning about Maddy Weeks.

Blade University is on at The Coopers Inn until September 19

5 Good Reasons To See Inexcusable

1) Jordan and Cat Finch are two up and coming Melbourne comics keen to make you chuckle and think.

2) We’ll be having amazing guest acts each night including Claire Hooper, Geraldine Hickey and Celia Pacquola.

3) The venue is in Trades Hall, the Melbourne Fringe Hub – so you can catch a show before ours or stick around after for some of the AMAZING hub parties.

4) This show is a celebration of the diversity in Melbourne comedy. Along with our established guests we’ll have some of the most exciting comics in the scene right now.

5) Between the two of the Cat and Jordan have received nominations for Best Comedy at previous Melbourne Fringe Festivals, been shortlisted for the Rebel Wilson Comedy Scholarship AND made it through several rounds of RAW comedy – so you know you’re in for a bloody treat.

Inexcusable is on at Trades Hall from September 21 to 29

5 Good Reasons To See Will it Juice?

1) Our show is entirely unscripted, silly comedy! Every night we make it up on the spot, inspired by your suggestions.

2) You can expand your comedy horizons beyond stand-up and sketch, and put your lols in the hands of nine trained improvisers.

3) We’re nine best friends, whose individual performing credits include ‘Neighbours’, the BAFTA-awarding series ‘Mrs. Biggs’, countless festivals in Melbourne AND Sydney, and hospital operating theatres.

4) Escape the hustle and bustle of the CBD to come chill in cool Fitzroy at The Burrow

5) You’ll learn the answer to the age-old question: Will it Juice?!

Will it Juice? is on at The Burrow from September 13 to 28

5 Good Reasons To See Princess Problems

1) Nostalgia galore! We want to relive your childhood fantasies! Who didn’t fall in love with the magic and excitement of Disney classics as kid?

2) We’ve got songs and musical numbers to delight! Let’s be real, it wouldn’t be a princess themed show if somebody didn’t break into song!

3) Real talk! It’s all fun and games in fairytale land but Princess Problems also deconstructs dives deep on social commentary. Princesses can be socially critical… who knew?

4) You’re supporting women in comedy! Meerna Yousif, Tara Fox and Maddison Verduci are all emerging players in the Melbourne comedy scene.

5) It’s funny! With appearances from historical figures and deities, there is plenty to be entertained by!

Princess Problems is on at Crowded in the Vaults from September 19 to 22

5 Good Reasons to see Tandem

1. It’s a show that’s all about the importance of friendship and working together – something the world definitely needs a lot of right now!

2. We do 16 sketches in 50 minutes. That’s ACTION-PACKED comedy.

3. It’s two solo comedy shows in one, running in… Tandem. (We’re quite proud of that one.) That’s double the laughs for the same time!

4. The show is a triple threat: sketch, improv, and music. Did we mention it’s action-packed?!

5. The show features cake, crustaceans, coats, comradely, clergy, and of course… comedy. (Sorry if that breaks the five reasons limit!)

Derek Wilson and Kieran Boyd perform Tandem at Crowded in the Vaults – Vault 11 Sept 11 – 16

5 Good Reasons To See The Pageant

1) It’s a high stakes drag character comedy about a children’s beauty pageant.

2) It is pure chaos.

3) The show is being directed by Ell Sachs (The Travelling Sisters) and she’s amazing.

4) We wear white teeth enamel on our teeth and it’s gross but it’s just for you.

5) There are lots of SURPRISES!

The Pageant is on at Trades Hall – Old Council Chambers from September 21 to 29