5 Good Reasons to see Gavin Baskerville, Jordana Borensztajn and Doug (Tracey Cosgrove’s Dodgy Cousin)

5 Good Reasons to see Gavin Baskerville: Crunch Time

1. I have chips.

2. I’m from Tasmania. In the good way (apples, fresh air, Princess Mary), not the bad way (you know, I know, we all know).

3. I’m allowed to go to the whiskey bar if enough people buy tickets to my show.

4. I love whiskey.

5. Did I mention the chips?

Gavin is giving out chips and comedy at Three Degrees

1. Are you a victim of Social Needia; an epidemic that’s gone viral? Want to find out? Lucky for you, I’ll be offering complementary checklists and assessments at my shows.

2. Got a short attention span? So do I… So my show isn’t straight stand up. It features multimedia elements. Plenty of distractions to keep you busy.

3. The longest stage spot I’ve ever done is 7.5 minutes and my show is 55 minutes. It’s my debut. Take the risk with me!

4. Rather than banning the use of mobile phones through my show, I’m encouraging them so don’t hide your iPhone or BlackBerry. Put it on your lap, wave it around, take pics, send tweets – whatever you want. If you use an Android though, ummm, you might want to hide that.

5. Got some Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, email and other online frustrations you want to vent about? Bring them along. I promise my show will be therapeutic for you and me!

SOCIAL NEEDIA: THE EPIDEMIC will be on at LOOP Project Space & Bar

5 Good Reasons to see Doug: Hello Ladies!(Tracey Cosgrove’s Dodgy Cousin Returns)

1. I’m a poet. And I know it. Also a writer, not a fighter. See what I did there?

2. I’m sweeter than a deep fried Mars Bar and more dangerous than a three-day-old Wing Ding. That’s how the ladies like it.

3. I’m on at 8.30pm so you don’t have to miss Home & Away.

4. I’ll be signing body parts after the show. Any part – I’m not afraid of a bit of culture.

5. (I’ve found it’s always good to finish with a haiku):

Please come to my show,
I will wear my best t-shirt.
I love Chiko Rolls.

Doug will be performing at Three Degrees

Tracey Cosgrove – Half a Wake

By Colin Flaherty.

Planning your own funeral is rather dour topic for a comedy show. As well as pointing out the ridiculous aspects of the process using stand up, Tracey Cosgrove impressed upon us her desire to make this an event of joy that replicated the best parties she experienced whilst alive.

Tracey didn’t go into a lot of detail about the actual planning of her own funeral and wake, as you would have expected from the blurb. Instead she used the central concept to tell some amusing stories from her own life either related to funerals (the passing of her Uncle Brian and the shenanigans of her cousin Doug) or parties in general (parties she attended in her youth and sending her young children off to their friends).

The stories were told by a bubbly and enthusiastic Tracey who charmed the audience with her crazy tales from suburbia. Despite the somewhat tenuous links to the main plot of planning her own funeral, she was able to weave these threads together and execute some clever call-backs towards the end. To demonstrate that she had actually done some homework on the topic, she presented some fun jokes about various cremation options that climaxed with a crazy series of puns.

There was a segment of audience participation as we finally got to see a run through of her memorial service. A volunteer was enlisted to show a sequence of photos as pre-recorded audio plays. It began in a delightfully silly manner with Tracey singing the descriptions of the images but soon descended into enthusiastic babbling about everything and anything. It was an excuse to put events into perspective with some family photos and allowed her set things up for her showstopper.

Tracey showed off her character comedy chops with an impressive finale. It was hilariously inappropriate and over long, but that was the whole point of this crazy scenario. She committed whole-heartedly to the character by maintaining the illusion whilst interacting with the audience as we filed out of the room. It was a fun theatrical ending to an solid and amusing stand up show.

Half a Wake is on at 3 degrees.