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Talented Greensborough comic Nath Valvo, formerly of The Shambles and Joy FM, returns to Trades Hall for a solo show about the year he "became a man". An enthusiastic crowd filled a small room notable only for its charming mantelpiece.
The show began with Valvo telling about his main travails of the last year: dealing with unemployment, the lingering pain of a break-up with an unfaithful boyfriend and a painful medical issue, inspiringly dramatised for the show's conclusion. He hits hard with take offs of overly-cheerful juice bar workers and job interviews with saccharine friendly HR managers.
This show has plenty of laughs and reached points of outrageous hilarity, notably when discussing his adventures as a gay man on Grindr, and later in the show's brilliantly staged finale. This talented and immensely likeable performer has put together a fun, confident show, unnerved by the blatant note-taking of the reviewer two seats to the right of your correspondent. See it for its outrageousness but don't bring grandma.
VENUE: Trades Hall - The Evatt Room, Cnr Lygon and Victoria Sts, Melbourne
WHEN: 29/3/12 - 22/4/12, Tue-Sat 8:45pm, Sun 7:45pm (55 mins)
BOOKINGS: Ticketmaster 1300 660 013 and at the door
PRICES: Full $20, Concession $17, Group (5 or more), Preview (31/3 - 1/4) & Tightarse Tuesday $15
WEB: Nath Valvo
Reviewed 5 April by Mark Sinnott