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Sydney-born Perth resident Emma Zammit visits town for this show, her four-year comedy career continuing to show much promise. This show covers her relationship with food, a sensitive and emotionally challenging issue for many, but what should be a rich mine for humour, discussion and observation.
A modest audience, featuring several MICF comedy illuminati, braved a stormy evening to gather in the intimate Trades Hall Book Shop. The show began with a spoof video backgrounding the issue, before Zammit gave a 45 minute discussion frequently self-flagellating, describing her perceivedly insatiable appetite and unusual eating habits. There were observations about her Maltese dad's cooking, family get-togethers and so on.
Zammit's honest, down to earth and immensely likeable presence keeps this show ticking along, but belly laughs are few, perhaps in part to the unhurried, low-key, delivery. The harsh self-criticism was disappointing to see from someone with such charisma and few obvious failings, but your correspondent ponders whether Zammit has something even deeper to tell us, and that her emotional resources are yet to be fully tapped. This is an amusing show but Zammit's promise remains unfulfilled.
VENUE: Trades Hall - The Bookshop, Cnr Lygon and Victoria Sts, Melbourne
WHEN: 29/3/12 - 22/4/12, Tue-Sat 7:45pm, Sun 6:45pm (45 mins)
BOOKINGS: Ticketmaster 1300 660 013 and at the door
PRICES: Full $20, Concession $18, Preview (29/3 - 1/4) & Tightarse Tuesday $15
WEB: Emma Zammit
Reviewed 6 April by Mark Sinnott