Fringe World 2017: Yeti’s Demon Dive Bar review

Welcome to Yeti’s Demon Dive Bar – the sleaziest, dingiest dive bar in town and home to a truly bizarre set of characters guaranteed to have you laughing through an hour of no-holds-barred, rollicking and risqué musical sketch comedy.

The seasoned (yet surely slightly mad) geniuses behind EastEnd Cabaret – Jennifer Byrne and Vicky Falconer-Pritchard, together with Tom Velvick of Dead Man Creative – have returned to Perth, where the mop-headed madness began, for a disappointingly short run of Yeti’s Demon Dive Bar.

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Bringing together a host of lovable weirdo characters, catchy risqué musical numbers and smart yet silly comedy, the charismatic duo guide the audience through a fast and furious mishmash of weird and wonderful costumes, props, songs and sketch.

It’s a carefully choreographed chaos that’s a little bit dark, dirty and dangerous, underpinned by an infectious high energy that will leave you with a face sore from laughing.

The alter-egos of Bernadette Byrne and Victy Victoria are your hosts for the evening as Yeti, the wonderful mop monster with a sad to tell, and the delightful and expressive Furious Fang, queen of dirty jokes. They introduce us to the crazy world of Dive Bar characters – think a pair of Rockingham twins joined by their monobrow, beloved toad-licking musical geniuses Psychedelic Nuns, a severed head in a box and Steve the Lobster, a cavalcade of weirdos that you can’t help but love.

Yeti’s Demon Dive Bar gets a little wild and out of control but it is ultimately incredibly seductive and down-right delightful, thanks to the gin-loving, globe-trotting, accordion-wielding, critically adored Bernadette and Victy. Part of the fun of watching this is the undeniable chemistry between the duo and the way they even make themselves laugh through the show – their love of performing beams out of them and is a joy to watch.

But their real skill is in engaging the audience, as they smash down the fourth wall and get up close and personal to make sure each and every audience member is invested in the show. Honestly, I’ve never heard anything quite like the raucous applause when two of the guys in the crowd managed to shoot a ping pong ball into a waste basket mounted on Steve’s head – in fact all of the truly unforgettable moments come from the way they flirt with the audience, pushing them to the edge of uncomfortable (“Look at you all avoiding eye contact” croons Yeti as she makes her way through the crowd to find a cosy lap to sit on) in a good-natured way that is never mean and always brings out a playful side.

Yeti’s Demon Dive Bar is a little crazy while still remaining clever, it teeters on the edge of madcap, chaotic sketch comedy disaster but always pulls back at the last minute before toppling over. This is Fringe at its best – brilliant, surreal and silly fast-paced cabaret for the brave!

Yeti’s Demon Dive Bar has a final show on tonight, at Circus Theatre in Fringe Central and I highly recommend you get along to see it.
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*I received tickets to this show in exchange for my review (thanks Fringe World Festival). All opinions are my own. 

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