Comedy with titillating, enchanting striptease is not a new Fringe concept but believe me, this striptease purposely lacks all the elegance and poise of anything I’ve seen before.
These guys on stage are in the stand-up, not stripping business, so expect less polished, boylesque precision and more last-minute drunken bet style “gerrum off”. Not out of place for the venue when you think about it, the roof terrace of Universal Bar.
Our MC was George Zacharopoulos, a slightly awkward but very funny chap with an almost indistinguishable accent (from Greece but now a UK resident). Zacharopoulos opened up with Australiana themed material focussing on Border Security insights and some playful improv with audience members in the front row.
The four acts on stage showcased the variety that Fringe has to offer and there was certainly something in there for everyone.
The first act, Kenyan Tshaka warmed the audience up nicely but arguably not enough to hear that word that rhymes with punt 10 times in what felt like as many seconds from Christian Elderfield, the second comic of the night.
Elderfield kept the banter levels up with his wit but the true stand out stand up stars were the locals, Sean Conway and Ruven Govender.
Certainly, Conway appeared the most relaxed on stage but that swag is all part of the act and his quick-fire comedy and deadpan expressions just added to the hilarity of the situations being described.
And don’t let size fool you; small but mighty Govender packed the comedic punches with his awkward cringey comedy.
After seeing all acts, the audience voted on their favourite through clapping, cheering and whooping to (strategically) determine which of the comedians they wanted to strip.
The stripping was awkward and pretty terrible, but it did have a carefree spontaneity about it which is Fringe by design, and I can’t lie, it was surprisingly entertaining to watch two out of the four comedians get down to their undies to the Magic Mike soundtrack.
Comedy Striptease will be baring all nightly at Universal Bar until the 24th of February.