Alannah Jones

at 12:05 on 16th Aug 2015

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Wayne Carter’s set is one of those late night shows where everyone in the audience appears to be at least slightly inebriated. Tucked into of the old railway arches, the performance space could hardly be classified as a room – it was more of a cave. The amenities leave much to be desired (there are no proper toilets other than portaloos). And yet the rough-and-ready vibe of the space perfectly mirrored the un-veneered tone of Wayne Carter’s act. Endearingly delighted by the unexpected audience of double figures (“I have actual people!”), he proceeded to introduce himself to the audience with a twirl of his black and white striped chiffon cocktail dress, attire that was not as incongruent with his bald head and beard as one might expect.

Carter spent the first five to ten minutes of his act gleefully prancing around the stage miming along to an eclectic selection of music from Mozart to Christina Aguilera, easily winning over his (admittedly pliable) audience. The dance routine involved some explicit gesturing and much hilarity and might have been the most uninhibited thing I have ever seen. The audience was audibly disappointed by the abrupt ending of the ‘cabaret’ section to the show, however the disappointment was fleeting as Carter launched into a self-eviscerating and at times surreal set, following a quick costume change into a sparkly wrap-around dress.

Plato, Hobbes and Aristotle have all attested that the root of all humour is in somebody else’s misfortune. If so then it must be said that Wayne Carter’s greatest forte is in his ability to laugh at himself and at his own misfortune – and he has experienced much misfortune. His set was as much an exploration of the concept of masculinity for a man who happens to like wearing dresses as the most hilarious game of ‘never have I ever…’ – of which Carter was the clear champion, with some confessional comedy thrown in for good measure. Carter’s ebullient personality and lively audience interaction made for a relaxed atmosphere in the room made for a hugely entertaining show. I came away with cheeks sore from laughing and a desire to be best friends with Wayne Carter.

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Dominic Spirra

at 12:54 on 16th Aug 2015

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“So I’m gay…” Wayne Carter offers this breathy revelation following his somewhat crazed opening routine - a musical miming montage that culminates in an energetic two-handed fellatio simulation to booming opera. He is wearing a dress and a strange sort of prayer shawl. Needless to say, his admission of his sexual preferences was hardly startling.

Wayne Carter Teaches You To Be Fabulous is an eclectic show, performed in a characterful old railway arch and attended largely by audiences who are already a few drinks down. Part Cabaret, part stand-up, part physical comedy, it is a thoroughly odd, and a thoroughly enjoyable hour.

Comedians often attempt to establish common ground to endear themselves to an audience, the humour arriving as a result of relatability and recognition. Wayne’s confessional narrative basically does the opposite. Interspersed with various ‘never have I ever’s’ that would stump even the most depraved mind, the increasingly obtuse offerings, such as the eloquent “I thought my sister was my daughter because my Mum sat on a cummy toilet seat”, had the fairly well filled war bunker of a venue in fits of uncomfortable laughter.

Consistently hilarious and perpetually bizarre, the show is a hidden gem largely due to the likeability of its protagonist who navigates his material in an utterly shameless manner, changing dresses onstage and flirting relentlessly with every male in sight.

From the story of his family blow job technique – an heirloom of sorts passed down the female bloodline for three generations – to the climactic dance onstage of two male audience members (one sporting a fetching yellow dress) the show seemed to even surprise the man himself.

Wayne may not teach you to be fabulous, may not teach you anything, but certainly leaves you with a feeling of immense wellbeing. No matter how weird you may think you are, chances are you’ve got nothing on this guy, who provides a free comedy show to rival many of its paid counterparts. A map may be required find the venue, but the search is most definitely worth it.

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