Review: First Dog on the Moon – How to Draw Cartoobs and Other Typos | Melbourne Fringe Festival 2012
Still, my appreciation of his show has a lot to do with the fact that First Dog employs Smart Humour for Intelligent People, and these people have been out in abundance recently, if his sold-out show How to Draw Cartoobs and Other Typos is anything to go by.
The premise of the show is simple but effective, if precariously close to uninventive. It’s just a slideshow, a guy in a suit and a script, and it could quite easily go pear-shaped. In general, it doesn’t, even if the show drags on a tad too long.
Most people will appreciate the thoughtful drawings, multitude of cute cat pictures and yes, real-life interpretive dancing. You don’t need to know First Dog’s cartoons, but it helps.
It suits those with relatively short attention spans because it’s a show with a wandering heart. First Dog demonstrates his broad emotional range, leaping from critical, amusing discourse on climate change to feminism and the many ways in which a bandicoot can enchant the public with his stunning bodily interpretations of the machinations of Australian politics.
First Dog has one more show at the Lithunaian Club, tonight at 9:30pm. If it’s not sold out.