I’m sorry to Jenny for not writing this review sooner, after I saw her show on Wednesday night. You see the reason for the delay was the fake nails I was wearing. Those damn things made it impossible to type, so today I endured the pain of removing them. But this isn’t about me, it’s about Jenny Wynter and her wonderful show currently playing at the Butterfly Club as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
For those who are regular readers of my blog, you will know this is a show I have already reviewed twice, but those times were as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival, and this one is part of the Comedy Festival. But that’s not the only difference.
The show now comes repackaged with a bonus piano player, freeing up Jenny to perform more in the show, with out worrying so much about the technical side. There were more jokes, more off the cuff laughs, more freedom within the performance. If you were someone watching the show for the first time, as most of her sell out audiences have been doing so far in the festival, you will love this as a comedy piece with music. I had the feeling the Fringe festival show audience were more looking for a musical show with comedy, and thankfully Jenny is such a professional, she can engage both kinds of audience with her talents.
An Unexpected Variety Show is a very personal journey for Jenny, but it’s not an attempt to make an audience pay for her to get group therapy. Instead the show engages the audience to think about their own lives, and to realise they can achieve anything, even if they don’t have a desire to move to Canada, like Jenny.
This really is a great show to see. It’s a fun night of entertainment, that gives you all the emotional input you need to have a joyous night out. I don’t want to type any more, because I don’t want to spoil the show for you. Instead you should just click on this link to get your tickets. I give the show 4 and a half stars, which is pretty good given my scoring system only goes up to three stars.