Comedy comes to Karratha
The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow wowed Karratha last week in the Walkington Theatre’s amphitheatre.
Master of Comedies was Lawrence Mooney.
Given the job of winning over Karratha, he hit the nail on the head by pummelling the audience with his hilarious take on all things local.
Mooney returned between each comedian’s appearance to talk everything from the fabulous appeal of “high viz” work wear to just how that clothing should be worn.
He even managed to take the advice of an audience member who told him off for having his sleeves rolled up. Mooney was a huge hit.
Star of “The Librarians” Bob Franklin greeted the spotlight like the teacher who walks into class and speaks at the level of a gentle breeze to register his comedic authority.
A definite highlight was his wicked and witty poetry reading only the most talented of fruit loops might create.
Triple J comedian Sam Simmons brought his absurdist humour which, whilst an acquired taste for some, was hysterical for others.
The petite and picturesque Felicity Ward trotted in after Simmons.
Think Snow White meets Chopper Reid with a commanding ability to mimic all forms of bogan and that’s Ward.
Canadian Mike Wilmot headlined the night, taking obscene to a new level.
He held the crowd uncomfortably spellbound with his lewd descriptions of all things genital.
The roadshow marked the Walkington’s first official big night in the amphitheatre while the building is on hiatus.
Audience member Jane Bursey said, “I really enjoyed it because there was variety in the humour.”
Acting theatre manager Marina Couchman was delighted. “It was a resounding success,” she said.
Walkington Theatre staff member Leonie Palmer was thrilled.
“I loved it, absolutely loved it. Because it was outside, there was a completely different vibe and the crowd was awesome. I loved the community spirit,” she said.
The troupe was really pleased with the audiences’ reactions.
Simmons said, “I adore doing my show out here because I’ve never been here before. I love bringing out the weird things like bread shoes and seeing people love it.”
Franklin agreed. “It’s a joy coming to ‘tough mining towns’ and watching people love to laugh.”
The Walkington’s back and bigger than ever.
Time to grab your jackets and enjoy the outdoor shows all winter.