They’ve got the best hair and beard combo in the comedy business; and a spectacular Rocky-esque opener; Simon Cumming and Perri Cassie are pulling out all the stops for their split show at this year’s Comedy Fest.
Cumming’s personality seems sort of reminiscent of Buddy the Elf; he works in a chocolate factory, skips through fields, and counsels cats. His set doesn’t discuss a particular topic throughout, but his silliness about life in general is such a pleasure to watch. Although he doesn’t need to tell the audience which bits he’s made up; it’s like a magician revealing their secrets. Plus some reviewers will believe anything if you let them.
Cumming has a very distinct laugh, and is able to create a real rapport with the audience. His stories flit around but the show never feels scripted, it’s just ideas that pop into his head and that works perfectly for him.
If you too appreciate the excitement when you have enough money to buy berries, then you’re going to want to be “Poppin punnits in da club” with Perri Cassie. The two work nicely as a pair, as Cassie’s humour is comparatively dry. Having this contrast in styles and topics creates a good balance. They’re both the same age, living in the same place, doing the same thing so there could easily some cross over. But you feel it’s unlikely that Cassie goes skipping, and similarly you can’t see Cumming having too many tales about fisting.
Cassie may have odd choices to Netflix and Chill to, and I certainly wouldn’t want to have upset 15 year old him, but his set has a brilliant flow to it and is brought to a great close.
Bring on their solo shows next year, because they’ve definitely got what it takes to fill an hour each! And in case you miss it when you see Simon and Perri Go Large, they’re both newly single, ladies.
– Joanna Trainor
Joanna is a Journalism student on exchange from London, currently studying at RMIT. Having missed Edfringe last year she is absolutely loving being around Melbourne for the Comedy Fest. She can often be found singing too many show tunes, and drinking all the coffee. Follow her on Twitter, @mintpixeljo, for more stagey ramblings.
When: Until 17th April, 9.45pm (Tuesday to Sunday)
Where: The Downstairs Lounge @ The Swanston Hotel
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