1. Because you’re the best and you want a show that’s also the best and everyone will admire and respect you for going.
2. The government gave Jacqueline money to do this so it must be good, right? Or did she spend all the money on fancy bedsheets and a suitcase full of turmeric?
3. Muffstud is a badass buttkicking babe and she will teach you how to crush life and keep it tight.
4. If you don’t see the show you might get super sad and cry heaps and get dehydrated.
5. Jacqueline is very funny and silly and loves making people laugh so if you’re into that you should probably come watch.
Muffstud is on at Crowded In The Vaults from April 6 to April 19
By Lisa Clark
I’ll say upfront that I missed the first 5 – 10 minutes due to the horrendous city traffic, even on a Tuesday night. I missed the opening so there might be a something at the beginning that brought the audience in and pulled the whole performance together, but I don’t think it would change this review.
In Jacqueline Mifsud’s last Festival show that Squirrel reviewed she took the audience on a comedy tour and played a French tour guide character in We’ll only have Paris. In Sink Full of Forks Jacqueline is being herself, talking about what she’s been up to since she came home from Paris.
She’s got a lot to talk about but doesn’t quite know how to squish it into a coherent show that has a purpose. Is she working through the loneliness after a romantic breakup? Is she dealing with her love hate relationship with her recent career as a receptionist and changing her career / life direction? Is she working out a nervous breakdown? Then there’s her insecurities about her irritating skin condition. It’s a little all over the place without really getting into the nitty gritty of any of these topics and things are amusing with the odd laugh rather than full on funny. As a wise trio of Melbourne comediennes once proved, Comedy is not pretty. You usually have to get into the ugly side of situations to get to the belly laughs.
Jacqueline is charming and brimming with stories she’s bursting to get out in a rush. The main problem is that Jacqueline has not found her comedy voice. Her timing is out, she is telling stories that are often amusing but either they don’t have a decent punchline, or she doesn’t sell the punchline properly. She tends to throw potentially funny lines aside casually. Some comedians come with their ‘comedy voice’ naturally formed, others take a while to find it. Jacqueline’s style is theatrical and hostess-like which keeps a distance between her and the audience. Maybe she was rushing out of nerves and remembering the script for her show in her head, hopefully she will calm down and find her feet with the material as the Festival goes along.
Not an unpleasant way to spend an hour at the Festival but Jacqueline needs to really find herself and her comedy style before she can put herself on the comedy stage. It’s time for her to throw off the receptionist demeanour because we are there to see her.
Sink Full of Forks is on at Tasma Terrace until April 8
1. Jacqueline was chosen as Pedestrian’s top 20 hottest picks for the festivals and didn’t even have to touch anyone’s genitals….she would have though if they were clean and asked politely.
2. Sink Full of Forks teaches you how to be your own knight in shining armour and compares breakups to being covered in a mountain of shit you have to slowly scrape off yourself. That’s fun, right?
3. Recommended for anyone suffering from bad skin who doesn’t need to be reminded of their condition by being asked “ What’s wrong with your face?” by strangers at a restaurant. Thanks C$%t!
4. Jacqueline is good at this, she likes doing this and would like to continue doing this for a long time and make enough money to be able to afford luxury items like toothpaste and potato gems.
5. Every show will be different because Jacqueline’s anxious little brain likes to jump around and distract her like a designer dog with a heart condition.*
*Still not convinced? Here’s my showreel to help you decide. https://youtu.be/mzGHTyS9w6o
Jacqueline Mifsud performs Sink Full of ForksTues 28th March – 8th April 6:15 Tasma Terrace
By Colin Flaherty
Comedy walking tours have been popping up as alternatives to theatre based shows over the past couple of years. One such tour is Jacqueline Mifsud’s We’ll Always Have Paris. This event requires the participants to suspend their disbelief as Mifsud uses Melbourne landmarks in place of Parisian ones while presenting a very accurate yet amusing commentary about the history of Paris.
First to put a preconceived notion to rest: you won’t have to navigate a thick comical French accent, she is not playing a snooty French woman. It was interesting to learn that she spent four years living in Paris and conducted tours for English speaking tourists, demonstrating that she knows her stuff. Including all the humorous lines into this fact heavy script and remembering it all was an impressive feat. She was able to make light of some of the more horrific data about French history with a witty disarming quip.
Numerous pop culture references are thrown into the narrative at every opportunity to add some giggles of recognition. The source materials vary wildly and span many years so it’s unlikely that you will recognise them all, but many will make you smile even when shoehorned into the topic at hand. Also making up the humorous content were plenty of innuendo and self-deprecation which added to her crazy tour guide persona. She generally kept up the fascade of us being in Paris by explaining away many of the Melbourne things staring us in the face which was a nice touch.
Jacqueline had a rather scatty ADHD demeanour to her performance. The constant verbalisation of her inner dialogue and frequent asides gave the show a very loose feel amongst her well executed spiels but also disrupted the flow at times. She was also easily distracted by events around us which gave her opportunities to make amusing off the cuff remarks but more often than not she lost her place in the script.
I was part of the Sunday morning tour (a rather leisurely stroll between the landmarks) and had heard that due to increased foot traffic the evening tours are a little bit chaotic, just like a European city crowded with multiple tour groups and hundreds of lone tourists. If you want to have a more authentic experience the 6pm tour fits the bill. Also note that the route includes a number of staircases so those with mobility issues may experience problems in keeping up with the group.
A wonderful Edu-taining event that appeals to history buffs and comedy fans alike, Jacqueline has created a fun way to kick of your day / evening at Fringe.
We’ll Always Have Paris departs from outside the Melbourne Arts Centre each weekend until October 6.