Rooftop Comedy

filed19 Jun 2013 from Carmen Jenner CategoriesCultural, Perth, Western Australia

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As patrons perched on top of the Conservatory Rooftop Bar bathed in red light while giggling about the ridiculousness of life, it was easy to forget about the crisp night air. With a New York meets Miami vibe, the light changed to blue and then green to match the palms and turf flooring.

MC Dan Willis swifty carried the show and was surprisingly gentle on the “white collar crowd” considering he was no doubt more liberal with his previous performance in Narrogin.

We’re taught when it’s most appropriate to heckle; if you’re interested, it’s when there’s a lull in the applause and it had better good or you’ll suffer. We also discovered the yearnings of the wide-eyed 19-year-old who’d been seated on the stage with two girls, one of which we learn he’s recently “pashed”;  but after last night it’s uncertain whether a repeat performance will ever arise again.

Pakistani headline Sami Shah had plenty of anecdotes about his posting in Northam, which coincided with the opening of the Yongah Hill Immigration Detention Centre. He is often mistaken as an “illegal,” even though he went through the proper channels to gain residency, hence the compulsory two years in a country town to “ease you away from third world living.” He pondered on the irony of a near-death altercation with a kangaroo after having survived suicide bombings and being shot at in Karachi.

Supporting acts Adam Peter Scott wishes he was gay, if only to get more action from the rampant community and Corey White played his white trash role well beneath a hoodie.

The line-up changes every week and in the unlikely event you fail to even crack a smile there is plenty of other entertainment in the windows of the surrounding buildings, not to mention the hearty winter menu and endless bevy options.

Arrive at Rooftop Comedy before 6.00pm for free entry otherwise it’s only $10. Although, you’d want to come early to avoid being seated in the firing line. Consider yourself warned.

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