Alex Ward: Quiet

By Lisa Clark
Alex Ward

The title of this show is ironic, well it’s certainly not blearing at you like a nightclub, but Alex Ward is pretty chatty. There was a time when her parents were worried she may have speech problems but I’m sure those worries are well and truly in the past. Not only is Alex a fine stand-up comedian she is a DJ on Joy FM.

Alex is clearly very comfortable on stage and starts out with some pretty conventional funny gear about the small (sold out) room she’s in and public transport fines. The show gradually splits itself into two halves. The first half is about a trip back home that brings forth memories of her childhood in Brisbane growing up with an orthodontist for an uncle and all the work she had done on her jaw he instigated to prevent speech problems in the future that have obviously worked. Alex has no problems keeping the laughs rolling while yacking nineteen to the dozen.

The last part of her show is about coming out to her family, getting over her first romantic disappointment (but not in a maudlin way) and getting to know her new step dad. She also covers her talent for Irish Dancing, her job in a South American inner city café and baths.

This is pure stand up without props, slides or any hint of audience participation. Alex is a friendly, skilled comedian who will keep you entertained for the full hour and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys stand-up comedy. This is on early and a great way to start your night out at the Festival.

Quiet is on at The Forum Theatre (Carpet Room) until April 23