FRINGEWORLD 2017 – Sophie Joske: Household Name (4 stars)

Review by Kieran Eaton.

Sophie Joske dreams of being a household name. She looks at her idols like Ellen Degeneres and Tina Fey and wonders why she can’t be famous like them. She feels her dream is becoming more of a nightmare after about seven (not famous) years of performing.

Joske feels that fame is elusive for her because of her quirkiness. To gain mainstream success, Joske realises she needs to be more relatable. Cue fellow Perth comedian, Adam Peter Scott who has been on the comedy scene for roughly the same time as Joske – but in her eyes, he’s made it.

The show covers the deep phycological issue of Status Anxiety – where you’re insecure about your position in life in relation to others. Why does the guy next door have a bigger car? That sort of thing. Joske concludes that it happens to all socio-economic statuses, but especially her own rather well-off upbringing.

Under Peter Scott’s tutelage, Joske opens in her heart but ends up showing a disconnect to the audience. This frustrates Peter Scott, who is at the back with a microphone, sighing in frustration. When she asks, what is wrong he explains but she still struggles to perform to his standard.  The banter gets the audience going because they start to see that this comedy is about breaking the fourth wall. This is well suited to her alternative style of humour.

This show peaks with Peter Scott and Joske combining in song and dance, together! These comedians play to their strengths, cleverly utilising their contrast of styles to perfection. Sophie Joske: Household Name will be a festival favourite for sure!


When: 20th – 25th January 2017 | 9:20pm

Where: Noodle Palace | Fringe Central | PERTH

Tickets: $21

Info: Duration 55 minutes | Recommended 18+ | WA Artist