Entertainment Hive 2019

A Rational Fear: Music to your Fears

Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Blue Room, June 20-21

Review by Honey B

In this time of fake news, Aussie satirist Dan Ilic keeps audiences informed about what they should be worried about. Taking to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival stage with Ilic were his fellow fearmongers Adelaide comedian Jon Brooks, former nurse turned funny woman Georgie Carroll and Triple J favourite Lewis Hobba. Adding a musical element were Bridie Connell and Wyatt Nixon-Lloyd (Tonightly with Tom Ballard) with a jaunty song about Scott Morrison on the United Nation’s World Refugee day as well as a catchy and funny tune about the benefits of climate change. The powerhouse comedic team put their talents together to look at some of Adelaide’s big issues from tea bags in cafes to paying more for our garbage and tourists not coming to Adelaide. The funny foursome were on fire when it came to dissecting the issue with Australia’s new F-35 fighter planes and whether these were “duds’’ – the Collins class subs of the sky. The 6pm Thursday night crowd was out for a good night and they received it with Brooks’ searing political commentary, Carroll’s funny, apathetic take on issues and Hobba’s Logies rant. The Adelaide Cabaret Festival provided the ideal setting for this fearsome podcast with host Ilic stating: “Cabaret is a hugely political artform that criticises the powerful to their faces.’’ Take that.
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