Kate Herbert is theatre reviewer, Herald Sun, Melbourne & formerly for Melbourne Times. Kate is a director & produced playwright (20 plays). Scripts published by Currency Press. She worked as an actor, comedian, improviser & teacher of Acting, Improvisation & Playwriting. Kate is currently Convenor of Professional Writing & Editing, Swinburne University. Read her reviews here or at: www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/arts. NB Explorer Browser doesn't always work on blog.
Monday, 28 March 2016
Tripod in 101 Hits, March 27, 2016 ****
Melbourne International Comedy Festival The Famous Spiegeltent, Arts Centre
Melbourne, until April 17, 2016 Reviewer: Kate Herbert Stars: **** Review also online at Herald Sun Comedy Festival. KH
The spin of a bingo ball dictates their repertoire but you’ll
still hear the thrilling, three-part harmonies and loony lyrics that
characterise Tripod’s musical stylings.
The Tripod trio (Scod, Gatesy and Yonny) spin a bingo ball
cage that spits out a numbered ball and they must then perform the
corresponding tune from their songbook that is titled 101 Hits.
According to Tripod, the term ‘Hits’ applies only loosely to
their original, quirky but not necessarily world-famous songs.
This show may be less structured than Tripod’s usually tight
program, but it is exhilarating for both audience and performers to nervously anticipate
what comes next and whether the trio will remember the lyrics or even the
The jam-packed crowd of die-hard Tripod fans at the
Spiegeltent hears an eclectic program ranging in style from lilting ballads to
up-tempo tunes, jazz, rock and country numbers.
Tripod’s songs startle and titillate the audience as they
tilt seemingly predictable tunes on their heads with mischievous lyrics and
bizarre narrative twists.
They start with number 12, Bubble Helicopter, the lyrics of
which Yonny can niftily alter to include Traitor Jim or any other character, it
Thank You, The Wheel, Number 99, is a clever jab at the technological
advances that changed our lives – to allow us to watch countless, stupid YouTube
Ode To An Alarm Clock is a cute, country music tune that the
lads wrote in an hour for a radio show, while The Blueprint is a wicked ballad
that takes the mickey out of hipster couples, their matching designer kids and
A short and hilarious highlight is the upbeat Fear of
Shorts, a song to warm the cockles of any man who just won’t wear shorts and fears
showing his legs in public, even if his girlfriend says he looks fine.
The guys sing plenty more Tripod toons but their audience
request, Ghost Ship, was a splendid finale to a really entertaining night with
Scod, Gatesy and Yonny who are now Melbourne institutions at the Comedy