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Sep 7, 2011

Review: Hot Templar Nights | Melbourne

Just when I thought I wouldn’t be able to get the image of Lawrence Mooney chanting ‘tangy anus’ out of my head for a few days, a duo called ‘This is Siberian Husky’ got a little too emotional about yoghurt, resulting in an unlucky guy in the front row getting a face full of crotch. Ladies and gentleman, we had a new line to cross. But really, that’s what we should expect from Hot Templar Nights, a variety show promising a night of disturbing, intelligent comedy. It provided pretty much what it said on the packaging.

Admittedly, comedy variety nights of this type are tricky to review – they aren’t regular, the comic guests are rotating, and to be brutally honest it was a week ago. Time passes quickly when you’re laughing.

This is Siberian Husky were a notable highlight. The comedy duo are dramatic, energetic, and make overacting a fine art. Their comedy skits are random slices of hilarity, and they’ve got a show coming up at the Melbourne Fringe Festival. They’re worth seeing.

Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall is a geek after my own heart, who is either a clever storyteller or has a bizarre amount of life experiences. If you get a chance to see a show of his, I’m sure it won’t disappoint.

Speaking of those who don’t disappoint, the comic genius of Lawrence Mooney. Winner of Crikey’s 2011 ‘Best of the Fest’ award, he stuck to the theme of the night and drove it into the ground. He was definitely the hard act to follow. He also has a show at the upcoming Melbourne Fringe Festival, his well reviewed ‘Indecisive Bag of Donuts’.

Finally, held in the classy surroundings of Madame Brussels in Melbourne, the roster of comedians were helped in between by the masterful segue abilities of host Simon Keck. It takes a smart comedian to think quickly in those situations, and he handled it like a pro.

I hear Keck will be bringing a volume two show of Tales From my Liver on the way to Madame Brussels. Keep your eye out for it, if it’s anything like the last one reportedly was it’ll be a popular night.

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