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did you know we have a very fancy sketch comedy franchise currently consisting of ONE instalment!!!

while you’re waiting for the much anticipated sequel, why not check out some bite-sized sketch comedy every month at WOAH, ALYSSA! FRIDAY???!!! hmmm??? why not?????

 

PAST SHOWS

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WOAH, ALYSSA! 1

MELBOURNE FRINGE FESTIVAL SEP 2017
PERTH FRINGE WORLD FEB 2018
ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL FEB/MAR 2018
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL APR 2018

★★★★

“Woah, Alyssa! 1 is a rollercoaster ride of eccentric, invigorating and fun sketch comedy. Quick witted and fast paced, with scenes blending into one another, it's a show that doesn't allow for any level of boredom.

What's more, while the comedy revels in its simplicity, it is also timely: the show is all about equality ... the points being made never feel forced. [They] always ensure it is done in a hilarious manner. Throughout, the performers all show their diversity and talent; switching characters and winning the crowd over with each new role, while always carrying themselves with pizzaz, charm and talent.

-FEST MAGAZINE

★★★★

“Woah, Alyssa! make big laughs look easy.

One of the smartest writing choices the duo has made is to connect the sketches with these three central figures and to build an ongoing narrative. This increases the urgency and hilarity of situations, with the audience getting to know the characters further as the show progresses. 

The sharpest piece of satire is an interview with Sir Michael, an actor who has made his career playing a female caricature named Velma Fanny. It’s one of the many digs the show makes at dated humour and how much sketch comedy, film and television have changed over the decades.

The title Woah, Alyssa! 1 confidently suggests this won’t be the only time we see this pair on stage together. Here's looking forward to the second instalment.”

- BEAT MAGAZINE

“Woah Alyssa! 1 is a dangerously well-crafted sketch show, its performers Colwyn Buckland and Filip Lescaut weave multiple storylines and characters together, peppering in joyful absurdism and acerbic social commentary with equal skill. Woah Alyssa! 1 is a richly satisfying exploration of a world created by two boyfriends and three white boxes.

Buckland and Lescaut mock the obsession we have with fame and celebrity as a running theme throughout the show. A breakdown of the history of same sex “smooches” on television throws impressive shade at the representation of homosexual relationships in the media. The theme continues in sketches to follow, allowing Buckland’s portrayal of an ageing bigoted former TV star to be particularly poignant. The weight of the themes is not lost on the performers and the recognisable truth in the faux pas they demonstrate bolsters both the comedy of their depictions and the bite in the statements they make.

But for the most part this show is a delightful and impressively well-knit cache of comic characters playing out hilarious scenes. There is a Love Actually reference for keen eyed audience members, which I enjoyed markedly more than anyone else on the night I attended. Woah Alyssa! 1 also includes the best use of a Pussycat Dolls sting that I have ever been privileged enough to witness. This show is full of laugh-out-loud moments and characters you want to see again.

Buckland and Lescaut are effortlessly endearing and their obvious chemistry is incredibly watchable. For a sketch show that pulls engrossing threads together with enviable wit and ease, Woah Alyssa! 1 is a sure bet.”

- SQUIRREL COMEDY

★★★★

“The performers take the audience on a trip through time where one innocuous statement leads into the next sketch and then the next sketch. Using nothing but a few boxes full of props you can’t guess how they’ll be used, the trio waste no time getting into the action exploring different questions, some silly and just for fun and some very relevant to a modern audience.”

-FOURTH WALL MEDIA

“Colwyn and Fil set about introducing the audience to a whole set of different characters through their series of witty and often satirical sketch comedy pieces. I particularly enjoyed the witty character names, spoofs of eccentric celebrities / characters and the duo’s take on sitcoms. There was a fantastic piece about an awkward interview a reporter has with a celebrity that I found to be poignant. Much of the content covered topical items, like the recent SSM debate and real life issues faced by the queer community (among others) – like dealing with ignorant people.

Throughout the show, Colwyn and Fil used some great facial expressions, awkward glances and some impressive projection to bring life to their comedy sketches and characters. The audience was loving it – laughing along for the entire show and even saying ‘awwww’ when one of the characters was going through some bad luck. Some characters were endearing and had such expressive eyes – there were moments where you just wanted to reach out to them or give them a hug. I was astounded at the versatility displayed by Colwyn and Fil during the show. The sketches were faced paced, clever, often involved props and neither missed a beat the entire time! Well scripted and flawless, this show is the one to see if you like topical, witty, fast paced comedy with flair.

Verdict: thoroughly enjoyable. I don’t often get to see sketch comedy, and I was amused and astounded the entire time during this show.”

-TAY AROUND TOWN

★★★★

“The performers take the audience on a trip through time where one innocuous statement leads into the next sketch and then the next sketch. Using nothing but a few boxes full of props you can’t guess how they’ll be used, the trio waste no time getting into the action exploring different questions, some silly and just for fun and some very relevant to a modern audience.”

-WEEKEND NOTES