FRINGWORLD 2017 – Nonna This (3.5 Stars)

Review by Kieran Eaton

Nonna This is what you get when a stand-up comedian talks about what he knows well – his family of Italian heritage and especially his Nonna (Grandmother for those who are unaware of the Italian terminology.) This show is by a local young act, Delby, who has a very cheeky, knock-about nature. The stand-up show is straight-forward in nature, with a support act and some improvised music – creating a very easy going night.

Of course, this comedian is not one-dimensional, so he jokes also about being a High School teacher and some opinionated material. This means there is something for all, though we mostly relate to having family members that we don’t understand. Delby is not scared to make fun of himself and this adds to the material of the show. What’s especially amusing is his ignorance of his grandparent’s native tongue, creating some cracking tales of miscommunication.

Each night Delby has some rising stars of the Perth stand-up scene open the night for him, with their own version of hilarity. This night David Tuffley was in the spotlight with his obscure, clever one-liners that garner a mixed response.  The star of the show enters with gusto – this confident act settles quickly when laughs occur from the get-go.  This young performer brings a very personable nature to the stage, creating smiles throughout.

Nonna This is a show to see if you want to laugh about cultural difference and growing up in the Perth suburbs.


When: 23rd January – 15th February 2017 | 6:00pm

Where: Cheeky Sparrow | PERTH

Tickets: $16 – $20.50

Info: Duration 60 minutes | Recommended 18+ | WA Artist