MICF Review: Cath Styles in Girl’s Night (Performances until April 9th)

There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned girl’s night out, so when this show came onto my radar I had to rally up my bestie and make a night of it.

The idea of this show is that each night, three different female comedians will take to the stage with Cath Styles as the MC. Now, while Ms Styles is a delight I can’t say she was the best MC I’ve ever seen; in fact, I just didn’t really connect with her humour. Her timing was a bit off and it was just a bit flat. But, the show isn’t really about her I guess and the women she has on her line-up are pretty great.

First up for the night was Nikki Britton and all I have to say is YES GIRL!! YOU CAME, YOU PERFORMED, YOU CONQUERED. Oh, and thank you for making my abs even more rock hard! Britton is a woman who keeps it real and on our level. She covers topics that we women talk about all the time so we’re talking sex, blowjobs, getting drunk and our clitoris. What impressed me the most about her comedy chops though was her ability to improvise with two awkward British 50+-year-old women and a grandma/granddaughter duo in the front row. My God! You wouldn’t necessarily take your elderly grandma to a comedy show as explicit as this and the granddaughter was apologising profusely to her gran, who in fact was loving it. #NannaGetYoFreakOn Then, as Britton danced drunkenly through the decades it was clear the British women weren’t too keen on how the 50+ age group was represented, but Britton got them on side in a hot minute! My bestie and I were in fits of laughter and didn’t want her set to end, especially when the following two acts weren’t as punchy as this was.

Sameena Zehra is a British comedian who I’ve heard about but never seen, so I was excited to see what she delivered. Well, the fact she looked like she didn’t really want to be there didn’t help her cause, and her set went for what felt like five minutes. She’s funny, yes, but her humour was very much based on UK references so probably not the best way to connect with an Aussie audience. What I did enjoy, though, was hearing how she plans her husband’s funeral whenever he pisses her off. A rather creative form of therapy if you ask me.

Closing out the night was Fringe Wives Club, a trio of glittery women who sing songs about stuff, and by stuff, I mean pockets and female activism. I just don’t understand why a comedy trio sing songs when they can’t really sing? Unfortunately, the best thing about their set was their costumes, and while I love their ethos of glamtavism, it’s just not really to my tasting.

Girl’s Night is playing at Little Sista until April 9. For tickets and more info head here.

The reviewer went to see the performance on March 30th.

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