Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Rod Quantock conducts The History Of Melbourne Comedy Festival – A Walking Tour, April 18, 2011


Rod Quantock conducts The History Of Melbourne Comedy FestivalA Walking Tour
  • Kate Herbert
  • From: Herald Sun
  • April 18, 2011 2:30PM
od Quantock
Rod Quantock. Source: AdelaideNow 

Rod Quantock conducts The History Of Melbourne Comedy Festival A Walking Tour, starting outside Melbourne Town Hall, until April 24, 2011

IF you like your comedy with a healthy serving of subversion and you’re happy to participate, Rod Quantock’s walking tour is just the ticket. Comics decades younger cannot achieve this level of confrontation - even using nudity, obscenity and shock tactics. 

Quantock’s unique, playful humour is far more transgressive, invasive, political and confrontational than anything they dish up. The tour recalls Quantock’s inimitable bus tour, famous for invading public and private functions. 

Rod, armed with his renowned, rubber, comedy chicken (Made in Taiwan) jammed onto a stick, leads a gaggle of 50, all thinly disguised in Groucho masks. It’s amazing what embarrassing, intrusive things people will do when their identity is obscured. 

We invaded an unsuspecting sandwich shop that occupies the site of the Old Tivoli Theatre, where we rehearsed How Much Is That Doggie In the Window – Woof Woof.  We performed it in shops, street and the Fed Square stage - without permission. We hit big targets or, rather, Target, which is built on the site of the old Theatre Royal.

We invaded and derided that American coffee chain, hijacked a tram and ended up at the 25 Years of Laughs exhibition.
And there was so much more.

Star rating: ****

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