Cabaret Nova

A blend of music and comedy, Cabaret Nova exhibits some of the Fringe’s up and coming stars. C Nova’s Studio 5 is small, almost to the point of being cramped, but this makes for a more intimate atmosphere, whilst Tessa Waters, who has the stage charisma of Elvis, presents the show as the host of the night. Very likeable, and with dance moves to rival that of Pharrell Williams, Waters is definitely one of the highlights of the evening.

Very likeable, and with dance moves to rival that of Pharrell Williams, Waters is definitely one of the highlights of the evening.

First on is the banjo wielding Alice Fraser whose humour derives from her comical anecdotes of her love life, gaining a lot of chuckles from the females in the audience. Though she delivers some amusing quips at the expense of some of her ex’s, she slows down the momentum of host Waters. Her segment ends, however, with an amusing banjo song with the choice of either dinosaurs or robots (go for dinosaurs).

Next up is the Canadian Evan Desmarais. Loud and in your face, Desmarais expects a lot for what he puts out. Beware all who dare not crack a smile: Desmarais will ensure you are the fall guy for the remainder of the night if you don’t laugh enough, as a certain young man named Alex had the pleasure of being.

Desmarais is explosive and adaptable, a perfect centre act for group comedy. Desmarais makes the best effort to interact with the audience and is not afraid to ‘go there’. Nor is he afraid to make fun of himself, and will regale you of his misfortunes of previous gigs in entertaining Australians. He has probably spent too much time at poetry slams, however, as the average speed he delivers jokes at is 100mph. Nonetheless, Desmarais demonstrates the versatility of a flexible comedian who has the power to please a broad audience.

The charming half-Scottish, half Pilipino, Rik Carranza saunters on next. As far as stereotypes go, Carranza delivers two for the price of one. Poking fun at perceptions of Asian culture and the cross-cultural exchange of being half and half is the staple of his act. He ends with some funny, country-western songs about peanut butter. Last but by far from least is Claire Healey, who rounds off the evening with an impromptu game of never have I ever from the comfort of the piano. The Australian comic rattles off some original songs that are littered with double-entendres that sends ripples of laughter across the crowd, a great way to end the show.

Reviews by Stuart Mckenzie

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The Blurb

The alternative late night Fringe experience returns. A blend of comedy, circus, burlesque, bands, jazz and speciality acts from across the Fringe, followed by retro mix DJ for dancing and schmoozing. With a different line-up every night, this is a chance to see some of the Festival's most exciting new artists. The Hep Cats come out at night! Late bar.