Fringe Review: Stand Up Comedy Every Friday Night At The Migration Museum

A rotating line up of new & up-and-coming comedians each Friday night, presenting 5-minute routines around culture and travel experiences.

Presented by Loc & LOL
Reviewed 17 February 2017

The title of this weekly Fringe comedy show leaves as much to the imagination as the comedians sprouting their titillating tales of trauma and temptations.

Each week, a new line up of rising and new comedians give it a go with the connecting theme of culture. In the cosy comfort of the Migration Museum on Kintore Avenue, behind the State Library of SA, host Loc Tran introduces the talent and keeps things tight, giving them only 5 minutes each to make us laugh.

As would be expected by newer comedians, it’s a mixed bag but there’s plenty of laughs to be had with no comedian on stage long enough to impact on the night overall. There were plenty of nerves on display but some real glimpses of talent too.

Opening night saw Dex Yan (a new immigrant from China), Jay Michael (selected by Adelaide Comedy for their “Next Generation” showcase), Craig Fridey (with travel stories), Sean Quinn (an Irishman in Adelaide), Jessica Byrne (of Latvian ancestry), Gene Louis (who got Malaria in India), Deb Bland (an Indigenous comic turning racism on its head), and Baz McCulloch (a Scotsman).

By far, Bland was the least bland and most confident on stage. Her use of racist stereotypes was not only funny (sometimes uncomfortably so), but they drove home the ridiculousness of racism while acknowledging serious social issues within indigenous communities. I hope to see a lot more of her in the coming years as she develops her act further.

It’s always exciting to see new comedians just starting their career. There’s something about raw talent that makes it more real and personable than the polished performances of the professionals. It’s great to treat yourself to both but there is nothing quite like watching blossoming careers, knowing you were there at the beginning.

Stand Up Comedy Every Friday Night At The Migration Museum is a short, snappy and fresh new way to start your weekend. The rotating line up of comedians each Friday night at the Migration Museum can be found on the Loc and LOL website.

Reviewed by Rod Lewis
Twitter: @StrtegicRetweet

Rating out of 5:  3

Venue:  Migration Museum, 82 Kintore Avenue, Adelaide
Season:  Friday nights, 17 February – 17 March 2017
Duration:  50 minutes
Tickets:  $14 – $20
Bookings:  FringeTix, or tickets available at the door (cash only) if not sold out

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