Double Denim: Adventure Show (3 stars)

This article is from 2019

Double Denim: Adventure Show

credit: Samara Clifford

Goofy fun and nautical gags with the occasional dark note chucked in

Welcome aboard a tropical cruise, with Australian sketch and music act Double Denim. Like an excitable couple of cheerleaders who've had far too much wine time, party hostesses Michelle Brasier and Laura Frew hand out Hawaiian lei as Ricky Martin bangs out of the speakers, setting the tone for the good-time holiday we're about to embark on. Except that after some displays of thirst towards men in the front row, seafaring gags and a song about wild nights out on the lash, the plot goes pear-shaped when the ship runs aground, and the action shifts to a lush green island.

The low-brow, goofy humour is full of nostalgia for the 90s, although the surreal nonsense sometimes spills over into not very funny territory. The duo are at their best when they stick to the script, with a couple of ad-libbed sections feeling awkward and dragged out. The made-up backstories of both characters get more laughs: Frew is apparently making the most of a trial separation from her husband and Brasier casually darkens the tone midway through an upbeat song and dance routine by slipping in that she never got over her dad leaving. Expect the odd queasy moment amongst the laughs.

Underbelly Cowgate, until 25 Aug, 8.40pm, £10–£11 (£9–£10).

Double Denim: Adventure Show

  • 3 stars

Hey Boss Part safari party. Part murder mystery. All denim. Michelle Brasier and Laura Frew bring you part two of the Double Denim journey, a celebratory cruise through the teenage years to avocado days. Winner: Directors' Choice Award, Melbourne Comedy Festival 2018. This is every Contiki Tour that has ever gone wrong.