Guest reviewer: Shannon Murphy
On Wednesday night, we were invited to check out Keith Cheng’s debut Melbourne International Comedy Festival show “No Tips For Keith Cheng?”.
This culturally diverse show was MC’d by Melbourne’s own Damian Cosgriff, whose punny goodness and one liners warmed up the crowd, before support act, Singaporean import, Wei got the show rolling.
Our introduction to our main act advises that Hong Kong born Keith, has been a regular on the Brisbane comedy scene and his talents have previously seen him as a Finalist (2012) and Runner Up (2013) in the Queensland division of Australian’s biggest open mic comedy competition, Triple J’s Raw Comedy. Keith’s arrival to the stage was facilitated via a fist bump with the MC, with Cheng confessing it’ll be the only time he gets to successfully punch a white guy.
Cheng pushes the envelope on taste with his self proclaimed “Terrible Jokes of The Night”, a title that says it all and garners gasps, chuckles and full out laughter from the audience. A walk out at this point does not deter him, as he continues to make the audience laugh whilst attempting to engage with the disgruntled comedy punter and asking for tips.
Keith’s show combines self-deprecating humour, racial stereotyping, observations of his experience in the Australian dating scene as a Chinese male (ladies, he’s single) and the pinnacle of all humour, the dick joke. Keith humourously tells stories of his own experiences with racism in Australia and stands defiantly in his belief that if you are going to be a racist, at least be an accurate racist.
Our tip for you? Get a long and see what “No Tips For Keith Cheng” has to offer you.
Where: Caz Reitops Dirty Secrets (80 Smith Street, Collingwood)
When: April 16 – 8.15pm, April 19 – 7pm, April 20 – 8.15pm, April 23 – 8.15pm
More information & tickets: Check out the MICF website.