By Phoebe O’Brien
Starting out in comedy in 2007, Joel Dommett has been killing it in the UK, performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, he’s been the face of MTV and most recently on the comedy panel game show ‘Break the Noise.’
In his Melbourne International Comedy Festival solo debut; Joel Dommett brings his show Conquer. A retelling of his romantic quest to find his dream girl. A woman he saw on the tube, who was the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen. However, when a communication mishap struck, Joel without knowing her name or number, leads a social media mission that reaches 5,000 Twitter retweets to reach out to find “tube girl”.
Dommett is a natural storyteller, drawing in the crowd with his tales of teen heartbreak, bad dates and quest for new love in the digital age. Charismatic and clever, he is easy to fall in love with.
In between the will he, won’t he find ‘tube girl’ saga, Dommett trails off in tangents offering up some of the biggest laughs of the show. The interwoven readings of his vulnerable, yet sassy teen diary entries are a memorable hit.
With his engaging narrative and observational style, the audience is invested and waiting on every word. Dommett reveals the differences between real life and film and explains why being ear kissed isn’t great. On this particular night, nearing the close of the show a woman in the front row upon Joel’s request gave him a cheeky ear kiss. Not sure if this changed Joel’s mind, but it somehow bonded the audience.
If you want a heart warming and funny show you could take your mum or anyone really too, see Joel Dommett’s ‘Conquer’. It’s easy to watch, I could’ve stayed for another hour.
Run to the Melbourne Town Hall’s Cloak Room to catch Joel Dommett’s ‘Conquer’. There are more details on getting tickets at www.comedyfestival.com.au/2016/season/shows/conquer-joel-dommett
By Ron Binghmam
A free Fringe show with a difference, a venue with the best view in Edinburgh. Matthew Fearns has been dragging audiences and equipment up to the top of Arthurs Seat for his show This Arthur’s Seat Belongs to Lionel Richie since 2007 (when he had to change his name to Lionel Richie to get away with the show’s title). This year, instead of performing every day of the fringe rain, hail or shine Matthew is only doing it once, and slightly lower down, rain, hail or shine. The acts who gathered on a flat bit just down from the top of Arthur’s Seat were Phil Kay, Joel Dommett, Eleanor Tiernan, Jonny Awesum and of course host Matthew Fearns/Lionel Richie, who also improvised some pre-show musical mash-ups on the portable speaker system he had lugged up the hill, which then broke just before the first act took to the “stage”.
But before the show was officially allowed to start we all had to enter the venue, via a free standing door frame, also specially lugged up the hill. Then everyone was permitted to go back to their picnics and prepare for a great afternoon. Act one was Joel who sang a couple of songs and shouted a bit of banter. Then we had Phil Kay, who also sang a few songs while wandering through the crowd like a demented minstrel and teasing some of the dogs who had joined the party, before ending his set by skipping merrily over the hill and out of sight (towards the car park) still playing the guitar. Next was Eleanor who did a funny bit of stand-up about the recent Irish referendum and the Scottish referendum as well as a little bit about being single. Finally we had Jonny, who sang a lovely little song (to fool us into thinking he was friendly) before dragging two couples out of the audience to perform a square dance called by him, which was titled ‘Lets all go dogging’. After he had finished, we all had to exit through the door frame, donating a nominal sum for expenses.
This was an excellent hour of fun, with the added bonus of the regular joggers and hikers and dog walkers walking straight through the middle of the stage area ignoring all us tourists and the acts. My one recommendation for next year (and it will return no doubt) is; if you’re an unfit or “tired” comedy lover, try and start the walk up the hill early (or do like the acts and many in the audience did, and drive round to the car park at the back and saunter up the easy side). At a good pace, going up the city facing (or vertical) side will take around half an hour, but it’s a great location for comedy and sightseeing and sending bragging pictures to friends and family.
This show is over for 2015, but look out for it in 2016.