It is currently Melbourne International Comedy Festival time which means Melbourne is currently overwhelmed by the funniest people in the world.
Every year I try and and see at least one show. While seeing a big name act will guarantee a night of laughs, I usually also try and see one of the smaller fringe acts. There is a risk in seeing somebody I’ve never heard of, but the risk has always paid off in the end.
This year I went with a friend to see Tim Motley in 2 Ruby Knockers, 1 Jaded Dick: A Dirk Darrow Investigation. I have a soft spot for a hard boiled private detective. Raymond Chandler is one of my favourite authors and my favourite podcast is Decoder Ring’s Black Jack Justice. I agreed to see the show purely on the premise – a comedy show about a private deceptive. How could I say no?
He was neat, clean, shaved and sober, and he didn’t care who knew it*. Well, he probably at least shaved that morning. He was certainly a hard boiled, chain smoking, trench coat wearing, down on his luck private detective and I recommend everyone go see his show this comedy festival season. The show is described as “Part comedy, part mind-reading, part magic and all gritty retro 1930s noir!” and it lives up to every part of the hype.
The show is in a pop-up venue located by a long flight of stairs in a small office building, exactly the kind of office and location where you might expect a private detective to be working out of.
Motley is engaging the whole hour he is on stage, he delivers non-stop the private detective we were all there to see, his magic and illusion tricks were seamless and he had the audience eating out of his hand and willing to participate at every chance they got.
If you only go see one show this year, go see 2 Ruby Knockers, 1 Jaded Dick, you will not be let down.
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