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Summary

10 - 15 Mar 2020

Graffiti Room Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm

Awarded as Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Best Newcomer (2019), Oliver Coleman is bringing his hit show Poolside to Brisbane!

His wet ’n wild show is full to the brim with unbridled silliness and surreal stand-up.

BYO pool noodle and pinã colada!

 

Suitable for ages 15+

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11 Mar 2020

Eclectic blend of performance art and comedy

Overall, the show is a light-hearted romp which brought many laughs.

Oliver integrates many comedic styles into his performance and this variety helps the time fly by.

The interesting component of the whole act though is the thread that weaves its way through his joyful set.

This thread adds a serious component ensuring we appreciate the why of comedy and life.

Well worth seeing this relative newcomer to the comedy world.

Jennifer Evans
veteran
11 Mar 2020

I laughed a LOT

I laughed a lot but it was definitely odd, and I think some of my laughter was from more shock than anything else.

Oliver does a really good job of impersonations, which was quite entertaining, and the pool was hilarious.

He also includes the audience quite a bit in the show.

All around, I'm very glad I saw it, though it might not have been completely my cup of tea, there are many people who would find it amazing and he is a…

I laughed a lot but it was definitely odd, and I think some of my laughter was from more shock than anything else.

Oliver does a really good job of impersonations, which was quite entertaining, and the pool was hilarious.

He also includes the audience quite a bit in the show.

All around, I'm very glad I saw it, though it might not have been completely my cup of tea, there are many people who would find it amazing and he is a very good performer.

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David Thomas
veteran
10 Mar 2020

A random collection of lunacy so perfectly curated I nearly choked laughing

I'm actually not quite sure how to describe this show other than to say it is completely random, utter lunacy, almost certainly genius nonetheless, and very, very funny.

It really is a strange collection of moments, jokes, sight gags, tiny skits, observations and quick wit that at first seems to have no real shape to it but, by the end of a very fast-paced 45 minutes, seems to have figured out what it is.

Kind of.

Oliver Coleman is in turns intense then…

I'm actually not quite sure how to describe this show other than to say it is completely random, utter lunacy, almost certainly genius nonetheless, and very, very funny.

It really is a strange collection of moments, jokes, sight gags, tiny skits, observations and quick wit that at first seems to have no real shape to it but, by the end of a very fast-paced 45 minutes, seems to have figured out what it is.

Kind of.

Oliver Coleman is in turns intense then personable, over the top, then boy-next-door.

The pool-skit itself was so stupid it was brilliant.

The one thing I am certain of is that I laughed like a drain all the way through it - so much that my stomach hurt.

And I walked out of the show saying 'what the **** (heck, of course) was that?' but feeling like all is right with the world when something that strange and funny can exist.

Definitely recommend.

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Rachael Morgan
veteran
10 Mar 2020

Expect to get wet at Poolside because you’ll drown in your own tears of laughter

Poolside by Oliver Coleman is a unique, deeply meaningful comedy show coming straight from the heart.

‘Poolside’ not only brought in all the laughs but made audiences question the meaning of life.

Watching Coleman felt like watching an old mate you hadn’t seen in a while, at a bar explaining to you their mid-life crisis at the age of 22.

His outlandish characters brought classic Aussie memes to life whether it was playing the old ageing Olympic swimmer to dressing up as an…

Poolside by Oliver Coleman is a unique, deeply meaningful comedy show coming straight from the heart.

‘Poolside’ not only brought in all the laughs but made audiences question the meaning of life.

Watching Coleman felt like watching an old mate you hadn’t seen in a while, at a bar explaining to you their mid-life crisis at the age of 22.

His outlandish characters brought classic Aussie memes to life whether it was playing the old ageing Olympic swimmer to dressing up as an inflatable pool bed.

Instantly you felt a connection with Coleman, as he was vulnerable with his relatable anxiety complex, and insecure demeanour.

Although the show wasn’t just about Coleman’s state of mind – he brought audiences along throughout his storytelling.

He constantly engaged with everyone, singling out audience members to ask them what was next for the show, to give constant feedback.

While at times, there were certain parts that felt awkward it didn’t take away from Coleman’s unique look on life and humour.

Overall, ‘Poolside’ is a surprising comedy show coming straight from the heart of a young Aussie telling his journey through life.

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