Real Live Fake News review by Annie March

Marriage proposals, doing your makeup during labour, using children to create counterfeit documents, and drugs with commitment problems are just some of the hilarity that ensued at this one night only performance of Real Live Fake News.

Review of May 10 performance, by Annie March.

Real Live Fake News presented by Ben Keane and friends had one performance only at ABC Brisbane in South Bank on Friday May 10. For more information on this show visit: https://anywhere.is/listings/fakenews/.

Marriage proposals, doing your makeup during labour, using children to create counterfeit documents, and drugs with commitment problems are just some of the hilarity that ensued at this one night only performance of Real Live Fake News.

The improv performance took place at the ABC building on Grey Street in South Bank. This was a perfect location for the improv group’s show, considering it revolved around fake news.

Lead by creator Ben Keane, the nearly entirely improvised show was incredibly well thought out and executed. The premise was relevant and the comedic timing was impeccable. You would never guess that the show had no script or planning.

The news show we didn’t know we needed

The improv performers were prompted by a news desk set-up to the side with two news anchors reading headline stories. Even these characters brought humour to the show as they played classic caricatures: the uptight news anchor (Claire Reilly) and the ditzy unprofessional (Kath Griffin). Their witty banter and chemistry was predictable but an enjoyable constant throughout the performance.

The news anchors would read the headlines and the improv performers would state “fake news” when they had an idea for a skit. They had a smooth process for transitions between skits and they all bounced off each other well. They could tell when the jokes landed and how to play with the audience.

The comedic unpredictability of the whole performance was what made it! It saw some amusing physicality, with the personification of a coffee cup, drugs, and the Easter Bunny.

What made this show special?

Comedic sketches created by Cheeky Moon and Brisburned in the form of satirical advertisements broke up the performance. The audience loved these sketches and they were the right amount of absurd nonsense.

Every member of the cast brought something to the performance. But, Glenn Seaby, Chris Milne, Adam O’Sullivan and creator Ben Keane really lifted the performance with their energy and comedic innovativeness.

This was clearly the show to see at this year’s Anywhere Theatre Festival. As Real Live Fake News sold out over two weeks in advance.

I commend the entire cast for a seamless, professional, and downright inappropriately humorous performance. If you see this show pop up again in the future I highly recommend going to see it. I’ve never enjoyed the news so much in my life.