FRINGEWORLD 2017 – A Bogan Abroad (4 Stars)

Review by Kieran Eaton

Show creator and performer, Brett Blake has the bogan look with his mullet and unpretentious clothing but there is more to this young comedian than meets the eye. There is a willingness to explore his emotions and in style that still connects with the tough-guy bogan image – admitting his strong feeling of hate for a broad range of social issues like racism but conversely also theatre dancing. Blake’s strong voice demands attention from all and this works for his large spread-out crowd. Blake’s everyman persona breaks down any defensiveness in the crowd by nicknaming a member of the audience (who he thinks is the most bogan) “Twisties!” This is just because the beanie wearing, middle-aged man is wearing a shirt with a Twisties packet drawing. (The ultimate bogan snack!)

Early on, Blake establishes that he just likes to tell it like it is – with his larrikin nature he guesses a relationship dynamic in the crowd. This cheekiness warms everyone, Blake also has an ability to turn situations on to himself. Growing up in the Perth Eastern suburb of Forrestfield, he has plenty of experience of the bogan culture.   Blake now lives in Melbourne and quickly let us know his observations.This show is about getting out of your comfort zone, and Blake achieves this in spades – especially with his story about going to Bali for a meditation retreat! His low attention span makes him a duck out of water in this life experiment of his.

A Bogan Abroad is hilarious situational comedy and this Aussie battler opens his heart and shares in all of the awkward situations he’s been in – so you don’t have to experience them yourselves!


When: 7th – 19th February 2017 | 7:30pm

Where: The Universal Bar & The Hellenic Club | Northbridge | PERTH

Tickets: $16 – $21

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