Presented by Token Events
Reviewed 9 March 2017
Having been on the stand-up stage and telling jokes for nearly two decades, Rove McManus’ return is a polished, effortless and hilarious hour-long monologue.
Rove has come a long way since his early days of the stand-up circuit and Rove Live. Having taken the USA by storm, the Perth-born comedian has taken over Australia’s airwaves, returned to the stage-circuit and most importantly, become a father.
That’s Me Talking takes the audience on a grown-up journey of daddy lessons and life as a (sometimes) good husband. This speedily runs through a maze of tangents, from frying up placenta, to Minnie Mouse’s genitals, to Stephen Hawking’s dirty talk and adventures of a mangy old teddy bear.
It’s a smooth and well-co-ordinated show, however it’s when Rove is forced out of his routine by rogue moths or a shiny bald head in the front-row that’s beckoning for a kiss that he’s at his experienced best. Rather than the expected Game of Thrones references or Trump lines, Rove’s expert ability to relate and create genuine reactions reminds the opening-night audience of why he’s still one of Australia’s favourites.
Thank goodness McManus’s real and relevant humour is back on our stages. He is as endearing and entertaining as ever.
Reviewed by Hannah Lally
Rating out of 5: 3.5
Venue: The Corona Theatre at The Garden of Unearthly Delights
Season:10 – 12 March
Tickets: $43.00 – $45.00