1. It’s the only festival show featuring Melbourne musical comedy legend Rusty Berther from the Scared Weird Little Guys.
2. Diversity. The show features an eclectic mix of guys and girls, musical instruments and musical styles.
3. It’s the only festival show where you can see Elena Gabrielle from The Shuffle Show, Darren Freak, 6ft Fairy aka Melinda King, Raw Comedy state finalist Rohan Windle and Stew Walker.
4. It’s another chance to enjoy fantastic acts you may have already seen during the festival such as Claire Healy and Andy Moratis.
5. Chapel Off Chapel is a sensational venue renowned for presenting top-flight entertainment. It’s just a minute away from Chapel Street’s dining and nightlife options so you can make a night of it, and a short tram ride away from the city.
1 Night Stand: A Musical Comedy Showcase is on at Chapel off Chapel on April 2
For more Information go to the MICF Website
By Luke Simmons
Hailing from Adelaide Darren is a comic/musician who used his hour on the mic to vent his
frustrations at how the way things are in the world. However, it was always going to be tough for
Darren to build an atmosphere with the smallish crowd which was assembled at the Felix Bar in St
Kilda. Rather than having the audience in stitches, he generally had them smiling throughout the
hour long show. Perhaps the size of the crowd made people afraid to laugh out loud?
Over the course of his show, he took everyone through some stand-up, mixed with songs played on
his acoustic guitar, and even played sung to some karaoke tunes. Darren obviously gets inspired by
things that get under his skin. And with the way things are, it was easy for him to fill up one hour
covering items such as his 40th birthday, soy milk, long pauses in reality TV, dead soldiers, and a
review last year’s depressing events.
He may choose to select his audience when he jokes about dead soldiers. It was fine in this room
but it may not go over well if he gigged at Singleton Army Barracks – or if he was unlucky enough to
have a boozed up punter connected in some sort of way.
On a positive note, the crowd favourite was a piece dedicated to Alan Jones which provided an
“educational” insight into this controversial man’s past and his sexual persuasion. In this part, the
use of illustrations to depict the story was both original, clever and piss funny.
He also closed with a creepy tribute to Australia’s Young Talent Time which made everyone’s skin
crawl – in an awkward and comedic way!
Darren Freak: DFO Darren Freaks Out at the Felix Bar