1. Big Funny is a fast-paced, rollercoaster ride of unbridled absurdity, and if you don’t act now, it’s gonna hurtle past you at top speed.
2. Creative one-liners, punchy songs, chaotic characters and bonkers sketches – Melbourne has never seen a one-person sketch show like it.
3. The Motley Carlton is a sweet new venue with two bars and fantastic ambiance – a great choice for a night out.
4. Bigger is always better.
5. Amendment – only if it’s filled with good stuff. For example, if you add sawdust to a cannelloni and inflate it like a balloon I’d be extremely impressed given the brittle nature of crust, however it’d also taste like crap. But if you stuffed those same cannelloni with good stuff like chocolate, they’d probably taste great. Wait, is cannelloni the dessert one? Or is that cannoli? Maybe go with a lasagne.
Max Paton performs Big Funny at The Motley Carlton 18 – 24 April 7pm
By Colin Flaherty
Max Paton created a high energy, fast paced sketch show as part of MICF this year. As with any sketch show the quality varied wildly but Paton’s enthusiasm was so infectious that nobody really cared. We got plenty of visual puns, deliberately bad jokes with lame explanations and wonderfully creative wacky costumes.
There was an overall plot involving creating YouTube content and he explored a lot of internet culture covering topics such as Copyright flagging, inappropriate content and media ownership. The rest of the material didn’t always make complete sense but the energetic Paton ploughed on regardless, dragging the happily punch drunk audience with him. He described the show as a “gloriously unfiltered braingasm”, so it turns out this was exactly what it said on the tin.
Paton was a bundle of energy as he bounced around the tiny stage. Little space was left between scenes, leaving no time for the audience to catch their breath let alone applaud. He revved up the crowd, subjected us to bouncy songs in a sing-song-talk style (ala Aunty Donna) and inhabited various wacky characters. Paton kept the performance quite loose, rough and ready even though he has been involved with various on line sketch projects so this isn’t his first rodeo. It gave the performance a sense of danger that added a special thrill.
The sound design was impressive with sound effects punctuating the action and voices providing characters for Paton to interact with. He had a warehouse full of props on stage which were used in every sketch, none of that miming malarkey!
Some mildly embarrassing audience participation took place and the good humoured punters took it in their stride. The interactions were gentle enough to put the victim at ease once they got over the initial timidness. He’s not the slickest improviser in the world but the shambolic nature of the performance was fun.
A brilliantly silly show, Dark Web Mystery Box was a delight. You are sure to enjoy being sucked into Max’s crazy online world.
Dark Web Mystery Box is on at The Motley Bauhaus until March 31
1. Joyously high-energy sketch comedy.
2. A whole bunch of songs, one-liners, dumb wordplay, wacky sound effects, hi-fi prop gags and zany audience interaction.
3. Some ‘Traditional Comedy’ (I’m not being suspicious you’re being suspicious)
4. A ridiculous and nonsensical exploration of content creators and YouTube.
5. It’s unique comedy in an art space in Fitzroy so you can impress your friends with how trendy you are.
Max Paton Performs Dark Web Mystery Box The Motley Bauhaus until Mar 31
Tickets Available Here: https://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2021/shows/dark-web-mystery-box-1