It’s not that often you go to a stand-up gig and the comedian has flown in as the only passenger on a private jet just to be with his audience. Michael Bowley’s Incomplet is an unashamedly, unfinished eclectic collection of thoughts and experiences of a comedian 12 years, 3 months and 13 days in the making.
The show is super educational, particularly for the internationals in the room. Bowley explains the four different types of “mate”, which means I now have to go over the last eight months in my head to see if anyone has referred to me as “your mate”. There are also top tips about how to be socially responsible/morally reprehensible depending on whether or not you’re ok with using a credit card the late former tenant of your house has been approved for.
Someone sat next to me described Bowley as “a real cutie”, and he definitely comes across as this nice guy. This makes his occasional moments of dark humour all the more funny. These little surprises create a great balance in the show.
There are times where Bowley seems to forget where he is in the set; he repeats a couple of linesquite a few times to get him back into the swing of things which can break up the flow a little. But it is the end of the comedy fest, and he did go to crazy lengths to get to Melbourne this evening, so we can probably forgive him that
It’s only on a rare occasions where you get an encore at the comedy fest, but it is definitely worth sticking around for Bowley’s blooper reel. Jokes he thought were hilarious at 3am, but didn’t stand up in the cold light of day. They are all pure cheese and the perfect way to end the gig. Bowley could definitely have a future in one liners if ever wants to expand his comedy repertoire.
– 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, 10pm
Where: The Downstairs Lounge @ The Swanston Hotel