Review: Marney McQueen is A Rump Steak at a Vegan BBQ | Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Nicole Humphreys writes…
With a commanding stage presence and voice to match, McQueen’s candid comedy cabaret floats between an open diary of her work in theatre, to transformations into her ‘guest stars’ – where McQueen does her best work.
Cleverly written songs about the pitfalls of being a single woman in an industry that is swimming with gay men, are followed by some slower ones and McQueen almost falls into the traps of typical female-comedian humour – PMS, being single and motherhood.
Until she transforms into one of her characters – several who feature in the show. Border Security Officer Karen Barnes warms (and touches) up the crowd for Raelene Dreggs, mother of convicted Balinese drug smuggler, Sharnah. Raelene provides a hilarious adaption of Johnny Farnham’s ‘You’re the voice,’ and is a nice addition to the show.
The star is Rosa Waxofski. She makes a shoulder-padded leopard print onesie and 80s mullet look good. She works the crowd and enlightens an older couple about the art of vajazzling – don’t google it from your work computer. The Russian celebrity beautician is a polished character with euphemisms to match.
McQueen uses the audience well and her work in theatre is a clear benefit to her presence and delivery – she’s confident and her real-life stories are genuinely funny (she laughs out loud at many of them, which is really quite endearing), but her characters are where she shines. McQueen has got the balance just about right, but I wouldn’t complain if they took up more time in the show.
Marney McQueen is A Rump Steak at a Vegan BBQ has completed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, but you can keep up with future developments on her website.