Written and performed by Rose Bishop & Sashi Perera
Review by Martha Latham
There is nothing funnier than genuine joy. Rose Bishop and Sashi Perera create an instant sense of connection and familiarity with their audience. They clearly love making people laugh, and they’re damn good at it too.
After walking into the Chinese Museum in Melbourne, which has a spectacular little theatre on its top floor, I was greeted by an empty stage and a tiny black sign with the words “good ghouls” scrawled onto it. Once the show began both comedians leap onto the stage and do a small amount of crowd work before kicking off the set.
The two comedians split the set up, so your one hour show becomes two 30 minute sets. This seems to suit the ghouls well and the night is tight, fast-paced and consistent in its comedy. Rose does a spectacular job of setting the tone and though I’m not a Melbourne local, I still found the jokes to be relevant and clear. I particularly liked the interactions Rose has had with an oddly hair obsessed vagrant, and the stories had me laughing from start to finish. Born and raised Melbournites looking for good gags and good ghouls need look no further.
Sashi’s set leaned a little more into her career as a refugee lawyer. Needless to say the set was both hilarious and informative. There is a tradition in modern comedy (post-nanette I assume) to think that stand-up needs to be something more than jokes. That in order for a set to be worth somebody’s time, it needs to include some kind of sad backstory or aesop in order to be relevant, as if every comedian is an auditionee on Australian Idol. Thankfully, Sashi nor Rose fall into this trap. Sashi’s set remains and incredible bundle of laughs from start to finish. For those of us with a fascination for international absurdities and the finding humour in beauraeucracy, Sashi is a spectacular comic.
The ghouls are indeed good. A series of quality gags, good sets and some really genuinely wonderful human beings make for a spectacular night.
Rose Bishop & Sashi Perera: Good Ghouls played at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival until 24th April 2022.
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