Wash Your Mouth Out
Loft, Q Theatre, Auckland
Sunday 8 May
4/5 stars

Wash Your Mouth Out distinguished itself by using clean comedy, proving that “jokes don’t have to be dirty or offensive to be hilarious”.

Starting off the show was MC Dave Nicholls, who was energetic and engaging right from the start. He spoke about his experiences as a doctor and an emergency nurse, and had me on the edge of my seat, laughing so much that my stomach hurt!

James Mustapic was the first act, and was a bit quiet and disconnected from the audience. Although the show promised to not use any offensive jokes, I couldn’t help but feel like James’ jokes mocking Bindi Irwin struggled to keep to the show’s philosophy.

Next was Melanie Bracewell, 2015 Raw Quest winner, whose chatty and clever, hilarious style stood out. She read excerpts from her diary as a six-year-old, joked about her dreams of making pizza in space, and cringed over her flirting techniques. She also referenced current ‘hot topics’ such as Beyoncé’s Lemonade, which made her jokes all the more entertaining.

Lastly, Tim Muller came on stage dressed as a very stiff ‘Mormon preacher’ and made full use of his costume in his comedy. He entertained the audience with a follow-up of last year’s song about John Key, but this time about Andrew Little. His play on words ‘tuna’ and ‘tuner’ also had the whole theatre laughing when he actually started eating a can of tuna to tune his guitar!

I really liked how each comedian referenced another performer’s jokes, as it gave the show a strong sense of continuity. It didn’t feel like three separate performances at all, and I certainly enjoyed the show a lot more because of it. Although some of the jokes fell flat, these comedians have huge potential and would appeal to all age groups. I would highly recommend seeing any of their shows in the future!

Wash Your Mouth Out was part of the 2016 NZ International Comedy Festival powered by Flick Electric Co. For the full line-up of shows in the Festival and tickets head to comedyfestival.co.nz