FRINGEWORLD 2017 – OTH: LIVE (3.5 Stars)

Review by Kieran Eaton

Seeing what seemed to be about twenty improvisation performers introduced on a big screen gave me reasons for concern. Like many things in life, less is more and especially with comedy! However, you can strike gold with the numbers game – this night felt more like they were mining for comedic gemstones.  It was, therefore an epic showcase of varying skills and a mixture of games, some more memorable than others. There are not many famous theatre sports troupes in the world and this may be because making improvised humour look easy is actually quite a hard feat.

The hosts for this night were the head honchos of this comedy group – Alexander Circosta and Sonny Yang. Their introduction was very casual and this led to the crowd feeling quite shy to participate. To cover a decent amount of improv, the show goes for an hour and a half – with a half time break of approximately ten minutes.  This night it felt like the half time break was needed because the team improved tenfold after it.

The main highlight of this show was seeing special guests and seasoned improvisers Esther Longhurst, Chris Bedding and Tom Skelton nail musical scene-based comedy. All they required from the audience was a name of the town that the small group will turn into drama. Once they got going the audience atmosphere lifted and wild happenings ensued.  There was an unpredictable ending to this sketch – a masterful end to an interesting smorgasbord of comedy. OTH: LIVE are a friendly bunch so it’s a good night for some unpredictable fun!


When: 25th January – 15th February 2017 | 7:30pm

Where: GELO at Piazza Hut | Northbridge | PERTH

Tickets: $24

Info: Duration 90 minutes | Recommended 18+ | WA Artist