18 Feb 2013
Melbournian Comic, Victoria Healy is presenting her third solo stand-up performance, ‘Anatomy’ in this year’s Adelaide Fringe. The show, developed with Jason Geary was well structured, funny, factual and overall, as close to a flawless debut as one can make. I am not saying that the performance was perfect; simply that Victoria’s first stand-up routine in Adelaide has risen to the occasion and will earn her a good reputation amongst Adelaide Fringe attendees by season finish.
Victoria’s show on the human anatomy covers almost the entire body. Bizarre facts and statistics are occasionally dropped into the performance with the sound of a chime which adds to the continuity of her performance. Overall, the show is well planned and seamless in transition as you move throughout the human anatomy. This adds a lot to the show and allows you to engage with Victoria without interruption.
Many of the punch lines in ‘Anatomy’ are sourced from analogy. Of special mention are the parts of the body which Victoria relates to ‘your slow, inbred cousin’ and ‘the gangs of downtown LA’. Through the use of voice and choreography Victoria performs capturing monologues which are both entertaining and intriguing whilst almost going unnoticed. These monologues were a highlight of her performance.
Victoria also shared interesting historical facts about torture methods which though frightening were not overly graphic; something I am sure the more squeamish in the audience thank her for.
Unexpectedly, Victoria also shared one of her biggest fears. Her stories about it and its bizarre effect on her life were highly entertaining and caused others to reflect on their idiosyncrasies and irrational mannerisms which I found to be terrifically fun and appealing.
Ultimately, I found Victoria Healy’s ‘Anatomy’ to be very fascinating and entertaining. This helped her to deliver an unusual stand-up performance which used many techniques to manipulate the crowd and jokes in refreshing and unexpected ways. Victoria is funny, engaging and interesting.