Kaitlyn Rogers: Can I Get an Amen?
- Claire Sawers
- 22 August 2017
An over-the-top zany hour of hyper-exaggeration and kook
Brisbane comedian Kaitlyn Rogers is like a human bouncy ball, jumping about the stage in an animal-print leotard and scrunchie, quoting her mentor, Whoopi Goldberg in Sister Act 2, who she has modelled herself on for this gospel-themed, self-help music theatre show. There are a few too many things going on in her guide to becoming 'sassy': there are raps, interpretative dance routines, life coaching, crowd krumping scenes, references to RuPaul's Drag Race, R Kelly and Destiny's Child, all mixed in with a backstory about the main character Cecille's home life in Tasmania.
Rogers has gone for hyper-exaggerated expressions and movements: she was a fan of rubbery-faced Jim Carrey growing up, and it also seems like she's borrowing heavily from Ilana 'Yas Queen' Glazer's style in Broad City. It feels like there is the makings of a good character comedy in there, served up with many nice touches like free chardonnay in a box for the audience.
A few sections are over-egged and forced though, like the bit where she turns the kooky up a few too many notches and tells a noir-ish story about emus while marching maniacally on the spot. The underlying message about being sassy and happy instead of chasing perfection is a sweet one; it's just buried under too many layers of OTT, zany energy. Although some bits are too full on, it still has its fabulous moments.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 28 Aug, 11.30pm, £8–£10 (£7–£9).