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According to their festival poster, their aim was to provide a 'safe level of hilarity'.
Mission accomplished. This show was both hilarious and safe (by which I mean generally inoffensive and not medically hazardous).
Each comic performed 25 to 30 minutes worth of material separately, Max hitting the stage first with his polished brand of clean but clever humour. With topics ranging from Scooby-Doo to the tricks he used as a child, it's a real credit to Max that his material never felt immature and was able to generate so much laughter.
His routines were seamless and obviously well rehearsed enabling him to build levels of laughter as he worked through the punchlines.
Paul's performance then explored a slightly seamier side of comedy as he detailed his exploits on Blender, an iPhone application used by people to find others looking for casual sex. But in the spirit of the show - whether intentional or not - all the bluer material was self-deprecating and was nothing he wouldn't say in front of his own parents (which he specifically made a point of by highlighting that they were in the audience).
His style was more casual and moved along at a slower pace but his conversational manner kept the audience laughing as he made himself comfortable with his own brand of cocky awkwardness.
Minute for minute, this show packs in a hell of a lot of laughs.
VENUE: Portland Hotel - Cnr Russell and Little Lonsdale Sts, CBD
WHEN: 21/9/11 - 9/10/11 Tues-Sun
8:15pm (55 mins)
BOOKINGS: (03) 9660 9666, online and at the door
PRICES: Full $17, Concession $14, Tuesdays $13, Preview $10 (Sep 21-22), Group $13 (4 or more)
WEB: Max Atwood and Paul Culliver
Reviewed 4 October 2011 by Chris Dewberry