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“Take a dose of Ben Folds Five’s pop satire, a pinch of David Helfgott’s piano virtuosity and a whole lot of talent, mix it… and you have the wonderully dark world of Tim Minchin. The North Fitzroy comic’s latest show, Dark Side, is fast-paced and fun, offering stand-up, beat poetry, piano-based pop and yes, air guitar, inspired by his former life in a cover band playing at St Kilda’s famous backpacker establishment, the Elephant and Wheelbarrow pub. But Minchin’s forte is character pieces. The poem about one man’s anger management issues is hilarious, while the show’s title track effortlessly switches from brooding Nickleback-style lyrics to a carefree ditty about life and love. And to prove he’s not afraid to tackle the big issues, be sure to check out his very catchy Palestinian peace anthem about pigs and the Freddie Mercury-style ode to canvas bags.”

(Megan Miller, MX)

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