To clear up any confusion about her promo picture, UK Comedian Luisa Omielan is no longer a curly haired brunette. She’s gone lighter and straighter, a la Beyonce perhaps? What would Beyonce do? Many would have seen her recent raucous performance at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Oxfam Gala (Thigh Gap… What Thigh Gap Bitches?! see link below) live or on TV, which went viral with over 7 million Facebook views, so audience members have an inkling of what to expect, but the clip is a meer snippet of her immense talent.
As one of the most successful debuts to come out of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Swiss Club is packed to the brim, with unfortunate punters at the back peering over people’s heads to catch a glimpse of Omielan’s face, sequinned jacket or bare midriff if they’re lucky. From the moment Omielan walks onto stage, she owns it. Her high-energy, frenetic pace and enthusiasm is infectious, priming the audience for her jam-packed 75 minute show. Omielan draws us into her life, whilst looking towards Beyonce as a source of empowerment, making us laugh and wave our hands up in the air in the process. Bey as a rich, successful performer and strong female role model and as a metaphor for inner strength and guidance. Bey as the hook to tie in all tragic and uplifting experiences in Omielan’s life and the inspiration for some fabulous dance routines and sing alongs during the show.
Omielan gesticulates wildly, whilst discussing everything from one-night stands and texting etiquette to sadder topics such as depression and suicide. Her openness and no holds barred approach, endears her to the audience. She is confident and sassy, and self-deprecating in equal measure. Leaving the punters happy, liberated and uplifted as they make their way down the endless flights of stairs. Luisa Omielan is a comedy tornado, swooping in and annihilating all comedy cliches in her path. Like Bey Bey, she is destined for stardom. See her before she outgrows the small confines of the Swiss Club (or “function room” in her words).
Swiss Club, 89 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Tue, Wed 1 & 15 April and Thurs-Sat 9.30pm, Sun 8.30pm
Melbourne Town Hall, Cnr Swanston & Collins Sts, Melbourne
Wednesday 8 April 9.45pm (75 mins)
Ticketmaster 1300 660 013 & at the door
Full $28, Conc Group (4+) & Laugh Pack $25 (N/A Fri & Sat)
Preview & Tightarse Tuesdays $20