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MICF Review: Self Sabotage

Last week we checked out up-and-coming comedian, George Dimarelos in his Melbourne Comedy Festival stand up show – Self Sabotage, at the Bull and Bear Tavern.

Self Sabotage weaves in and out of various tales and recollections throughout George’s life when, essentially, he stuffed things up for himself.  Though simplistic to describe, the stories are fun, and told in a warm, self-effacing manner through which you can’t help but be drawn in, as the story comes to life in front of you. He sure can paint a picture with his words.

George has a super high energy execution, which he maintained for the entire performance, leaving literally no opportunity to tune out, a real sign of an interesting, engaging and entertaining show.

Our highlight, was his musical evolution portrayal of picking up girls, from the 1950’s through to a very intense modern day interpretation of chatting up in a nightclub, which is pretty much burned into our memory. My how times have changed.

Audience engagement in this show is continuous but not uncomfortable, more like a friendly chat amongst friends, no sweaty brows and avoided eye contact here.

We had a quick chat to George after the show and he confirmed all of his stories are all true, which supports that old saying, that ‘truth is stranger than fiction’ (or in this case, funnier).

We highly encourage everyone to support local performers like George at smaller Festival shows, they are affordable, offer excellent value and in a few year’s time, when you see them on TV, you can always say you ‘saw them before they got big!’

4-stars. Get along to see this show before it wraps up at the end of the Festival.

Where:  The Bull and Bear Tavern, 347 Flinders Lane
When: Wednesday – Mondays until 23 April, 6.30pm
More information & tickets: Check out the MICF website.