Stand up for kids – Loft @ Q Theatre

A slightly confused Frehd the Clown welcomes us all to The Melbourne Comedy Festival and gets the young crowd warmed up with some classic clowning antics. Her attempts at the disappearing bandana routine are complicated somewhat by the mistaken substitution of a banana.

Today’s trio of kid’s entertainers all moonlight as adult performers (that sounds wrong but you know what I mean).

English comedian James Acaster’s show enjoyed a sell-out run at this festival last year. James abandons his routine in favour of audience participation inviting a young man on stage to play with his battery powered car. He ends up being like a put upon sub teacher but his interactions with the kids are warm and funny.

By contrast fellow English comedian Stuart Goldsmith gives a more conventional performance exploring the potential of a life lived backwards reverting to childhood. His idea for a Peanut superhero goes down a treat.

Local hero and self-styled ‘Magic Boy’ Jarred Fell has energy levels to match his eager front row. His high octane tricks and naughty boy persona make him more than at match for the most emboldened members of the young audience. A genuinely talented close hand magician and a fitting finale to a very enjoyable show both for this Dad and  daughter.

In her words ‘It’s good’. Check it out.

Take your little darlings to Stand Up For Kids Sat 3, 10 & 17 May, 2pm at the Loft at Q in Auckland and 17 May Hannah Playhouse, Wellington.

Reviewed by Dave Johnston and daughter aged 5.

4 small stars