A new game show is thrusting its way into the Melbourne comedy scene. That Sexy Show (or TSS) is related to all things sexual and includes challenges such as Sex Taboo, Cosmocking and Safe For Work Porn. The R18+ panel based show is unapologetically risqué, yet fundamentally a comedy night.
Targeting a progressive, curious and open-minded audience unafraid to laugh about sex, the show comes with a warning: we go there, to completion. When quizzed about what this means exactly, the show's host and writer/producer Sarah Jane Haywood cracked a guilty grin.
“We actually had a bit of a problem last time because we had this game called One Of Us Is A Crazy Sex Fiend...” Haywood then goes on to explain the rules of the game, which uses an audience member’s real life experience to create three different versions of a sex story. The opposing team then has to guess which one is true.
“One of the stories was I vomited on my partner's genitals. And so we had like fifteen minutes of people telling stories about vomiting on genitals.”
Believe it or not, Haywood isn't sleazy, scary or weird. She’s quite normal actually, apart from the pointy fringe and fluoro pink jacket. Talking about Fanny And The Pink And Purple Orchestra (an act within the show that is essentially a man using the naked rump of a voluptuous woman as a drum kit), brings a huge smile to her face. Striving to put people in hilariously awkward situations is just part of the kinky fun.
TSS has had a warm reception from the LGBTIQ community, yet a conscious effort has been made to include the straighties out there. Haywood explains, "I do try and make sure it's open to everyone ... Adam Knox is our regular on the show, he's a straight white guy... I think it's important to have that voice as well. He's also like, 'Wait on - what? You guys do what?' And that's also really funny."
You don't have to be a sexpert to catch the funny bits either. Hayward insists that players define unusual terms or language for those who may not know. "Sometimes people talk about stuff in the show that I don't even know about. So I'm like, 'I don't really know what amyl is, someone explain!'"
TSS breaks down the wall that separates minorities and invites people to participate in a scene that is often not easily accessible. With sex-positive, body-positive feminists as team captains, there is no room for misogyny, sexism, racism, bigotry or dehumanisation of any kind. Expect dirty, pre-empt kinky, and top it off with a huge gooey dollop of brutal truth.
TSS is held monthly at Hares & Hyenas in Melbourne's Fitzroy. For more info visit www.thatsexyshow.com.