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A night of variety!

We had heard talk of a random night at a pub in Brunswick called 'The Variety Collective' where for 10 dollars you get an evening of various acts which could be anything from magicians and singers to contortionists and comedians.

When we took a look at their website and watched one of the videos that showcased what you could expect I spotted 'potato girl' in one of the acts, an unsuccessful contestant from Australia's Got Talent who wasn't that great! A bit concerned about what we were going to get we decided to throw caution to the wind and give it a go.... It turned out to be an awesome night of fun!! :)

We roped in a couple of mates to join us and with wine and beers in hand we found seats in the side room of the Brunswick Green (which is quite a quirky pub, will def go back for a drink there) and waited for the show to begin. It was quite an intimate setting with our group making up a quarter of the audience but our seats were towards the back so we thought we would be safe from any crowd participation.


We were introduced to the show by the compare who explained that the show was all about acts who own the stage "LIKE A BOSS", a saying that would be repeated throughout the evening reminding me of my brother as its one of his catchphrases (although he and my sister had both mastered incorporating a whistle at the end of Boss which annoyingly I never got the hang of!)

We were eased into the night by a comedian, although his act being solely about his disappointment at not being diagnosed with testicular cancer was a bit hit n miss with the crowd.

As the MC introduced the next act we didn't know what to expect as a guy looking like he had escaped from a Super Mario convention started to walk down an aisle. He was a StrongMan and proceeded to demonstrate his physique and impressive moustache on stage.


We were all in fits of laughter at this random act although this quickly turned into nervous laughter as he prowled back down the aisle clearly looking for someone to help him with his next demonstration. I thought I was safe being in the corner at the back. Despite my best efforts to not catch his eye by sinking lower in my seat and trying to appear preoccupied with my glass of wine I somehow found myself singled out and being led onto the stage! He told me to stand straight and keep my arms and legs pinned together, no matter what happened I was to remain like a board...oh and not to panic! Not knowing what was going to happen next I followed his instructions to the letter as he literally whisked me off my feet and I was up in the air above his shoulders in one movement!!


The crowd went wild!!

Next up was a young magician who wowed the crowd by solving a Rubix cube in a minute. The MC had found out that one of the women sitting in the front row was called Phun, which lead to lots of references to 'Phun being fun' and soon enough she was up on the stage with the magician along with one of our friends Henry for some crowd participation. Although she didn't quite get the point of the act and inadvertently gave away how the trick was being done, which was annoying for the magician but hilarious for the rest of us!


The next act was a girl who did some Taekwondo, bit of a time filler I guess as was a bit boring watching her kick and punch a board that was made to break apart. Although we did like her glamorous assistant :)


Our favourite StrongMan came back on stage and Dan and Broomy were selected with 2 other guys to try to pull his arms apart. It sounded like an easy task for 4 guys to take on but despite their best efforts his hands never parted!


The final act of the night was a great singer called Jefferson Smith who got the crowd going with renditions of Frank Sinatra and Jonny Cash.


Phun couldn't contain herself and jumped up on stage with him to dance as he serenaded her.

It was a great night which far surpassed our expectations. Most of us ended up on stage which added to the fun and I think we all would come back on another Wednesday soon. check it out here


Posted by doyledan 17:24 Archived in Australia

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