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Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall - Trying Hard

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Published in MICF 2013 Reviews  



What's it all about? In the very close quarters of the Forum Theatre's Carpet Room, Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall dissects many of the mundane things we all seem to be grappling with, as we scramble for happiness on earth. No big deal.


First and foremost, Tremblay-Birchall is a wildly relatable comic. His stage presence is nothing short of delightful, flashing a broadly appreciative smile at the sold-out venue before releasing apparently apathetic sighs with his trademark, endearing carelessness. This engineer-turned-comedian may attempt to have you believe he isn't trying hard at all, but there's nothing lazy or unprepared to be found here. 


The 29 year old's uniquely formed observations are paired with deliciously self-referential moments, instantly redeeming what might have otherwise become an entirely cynical hour of stand-up. This is a stand-up show for audiences who love to dwell in imperfection; blindingly polished delivery would only have dismantled his arguments on the folly of humankind. 


Evading any easy comparisons to his observational predecessors, Tremblay-Birchall's charmingly familiar personality combines beautifully with a droll vocal quality to invite the cackling crowd inside the mind of a young skeptic. 


This Canadian-Australian comedian's timing is playful, his delivery honest, and his material at times downright ridiculous. Tremblay-Birchall deserves Melbourne's attention as one of our most promising local stand-ups today.




March 28 - April 21
Forum Theatre

Written By:

Carly Milroy
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