Sydney based improviser and writer Clare Cavanagh is like every anxious thought you've had, in the weird limbo before any of your party guests arrive. You're stressed as you have no idea what your party's gonna be like. Will it be good? Will that cute girl from work you invited come? Do you have enough chips? Will you best the next Corey Worthington?
Thrilled You're Here! doesn't have all the answers to party hosting but it is relatable. A wild ride from the start, Cavanagh takes us through a few characters. From Eliza the anxious party host to Alice the almost famous ukulele YouTuber, to the Best Man giving a heartfelt speech. With each persona, we see how funny Cavanagh is and how a simple set up can go a long way.
Backed with props like a fireman's hat and a red ukulele, Cavanagh relies on her quick wit and improv. With audience interaction and participation, she had us laughing through the whole show. We were even laughing between costume changes due to a killer set of party tunes. The quick show even had the two necessities of any Fringe Comedy act: a drunk heckler (dealt with nicely) and a rap piece.
Thrilled You're Here! is further proof that a key part of the Fringe is small acts. Between big musicals and huge comedians, don't forget to check out your local acts. Cavanagh is funny and enthusiastic, and a crackin' good laugh. Definitely one to keep an eye out for in the future.
To Clare Cavanagh: Thanks for a good night! I left with a warm heart and the handy TOWERING INFERNO acronym if I ever find myself in a fire evacuation.
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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