Melbourne Fringe 2016
Matt Stewart is ‘DRY’ at the Courthouse.
In the small ‘Attic’ of the Courthouse Hotel, Stewart warms up the crowd with off-beat humour and cultural observations.
He quickly builds a strong rapport with the audience. The jokes are uniquely Australian and as the room laughed loudly throughout the performance; a couple of overseas visitors looked on perplexed. His humour is based on shared experiences that create a ‘party’ experience, as everybody ‘is in’ on the joke.
Stewart’s ‘lay-back’ demeanour and monotone delivery puts the crowd at ease, as his eyes search out his next sidekick. He opens the floor and allows a degree of improv, exacting sharp timing as he tosses a clever slip of irony back into the fold.
No Aussie performance can ignore the ‘heart of darkness’ of our vast continent and he does touch of some uncomfortable satire which is inserted between playful wit. He is a genuine comic, the type that other comedians would go to watch.
You will laugh so hard that your face will ache.
“I like him in general; his tone, the dryness, the way he comes across…his delivery” Mike Barnes Comedian*
Matt Stewart ; 2014 Raw Comedy Winner
Review by A Forward
*Mike Barnes; Comedian and Manager of The Tickle Pit (Melbourne Fringe) @ Fancy Hank’s