Published in Lifestyle – Arts & Entertainment on 11 June, 2009
“Stand Up Comedy at Civic Pub”
Every first Wednesday of the month, 8pm. Civic Pub, Lonsdale Street, Braddon.
Reviewed by Jorian Gardner.
FINALLY, it seems, a venue has been found in the city where a regular stand-up comedy night looks like it just might take hold and become home to Canberra comedians.
The upstairs area at the Civic Pub is a long-forgotten room, but with its own bar and reasonable seating area, is almost perfectly made for stand-up.
The evening was hosted by arguably Canberra’s most successful comedian Jay Sullivan, who initially appeared nervous and many of his jokes fell flat, but by the second half he was back in form with a crowd-pleasing dig at Australia’s major comedy ego (Austen Tayshus) set to Canberra suburb names.
Emo Willis was the stand-out stand-up performing a rant about married life and shopping that brought the house down.
Kale Bogdanovs performed an examination of the story of Mary Poppins and how it related to class-breakdown in the modern society – sorry mate, you lost me – while the final act, Herbie and the Coleslaws, a male and female duo playing guitar and singing were, in a word, crude.
Michael Joseph, a recent migrant to Canberra from Sydney, flunked with a set that went too long and was full of bad-taste material.
At $5, it’s hard to complain too much, and the pub serves good food and reasonably priced drinks. This night is well worth a look especially if the producers rotate the acts often.