It seems fitting, given the bizarre idea floating out in the universe that women just aren’t funny, that the FRINGE WORLD show 2 Femme 2 Furious is underground.
In the Goodwill Club in the basement of the Rechabite, in Northbridge to be precise. The semi steep stairs down, the low ceilings painted black, a heavy purple velvet curtain on the stage, a single microphone, and the music selection of Gwen Stefani (Hollaback Girl, naturally) and Beyonce (We Run the Word, tellingly) set the scene. It screams that talent is being presented, and they are funny.
The show, presented by Underground Comedy Perth, features five female comedians that included local, national and international talent.
Given it is an all-female line-up, you would think it would feature ‘girl stuff’ that terrify men. Not so.
MC Tor Snyder is the anchor of the show, introducing each act. She grabbed the mainly female audience, with a smattering of males, and let us know it was an inclusive show when she referenced the title and said it was a recreation of all the nine high testosterone Fast and the Furious films.
The comedians are diverse and rotate each night. The Tuesday opening night featured Frankie Rowsthorn, Nicky Wilkinson, Laura Davis, Emma Krause and Aves Robins.
Each had a point to make, an observation and they wrapped it around a tight and sharply delivered set.
Naturally the pandemic and lock downs did feature and being forced to move back to a ‘one star’ home, mean girls being super sincere and finding the right group to hook up with (it was suggested a bit of swiping right) in the terrifying subset known as school mums.
Yet, the show also touched on relationships and family. Being separated from family and having to say goodbye to a loved one via Zoom was heartbreakingly and darkly funny.
Make the journey downstairs. The bar staff are fast and friendly. The comedy is gold standard. Women are fabulously funny.