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The Comediettes: Comedy Festival Review

The Comediettes

From the quirky retro music to the stage set of washing line meets gallery, there is a tight theme of feminine nostalgia running through the show, giving it a bright, theatrical quality.

The girls are dressed up similarly, and are very sweet with their lipstick and heels, doing the sponsor proud.

The atmosphere generated by the show embodies, and offers, a fresh outlet for the pioneer war-time spirit the girls embrace - these girls are independent young women bringing forth material which entails: cannibalism, abortions and eaten pets.

Jim Stanton is a magnetic personality, with an impressive repertoir of voices and facial expressions.

Although faltering slightly, she won the audience over with an ability to isolate characteristics of children and adults alike, and most of the material was well received.

Sarah Harpur burst onto the stage as an indomitable bundle of enthusiasm, and managed to keep this up throughout her act.

With her initial self-deprecation, she had the audience on-side, keeping momentum for the most part.

While her preoccupation with her cat is sweet - the fact that it's coupled with cannibalism is a little more unsettling.

The self-proclaimed queen of 'taking it too far' arguably did so once or twice, but all was forgiven with the brilliant songs with which she closed.

Emma Olsen's pace initially distinguished her from the prior acts, giving her a self-aware highlight status. 

Her wry humour and understated delivery got immediate laughs which continued throughout her set as she gave the audience a distinctly sincere window into her life - a rare achievement in the stand-up genre.

While the use of props seemed a little risky, this was actually one of the best parts, and overall one was left feeling that they were watching a warm and thoroughly likeable person.

The Comediettes runs to Sat 16 May at Auckland's The Comedy Underground