Yep—no kidding, folks. After this week’s first drive-in cinema article almost blew the roof off…
Ever wonder what becomes of those kids at school who play the banjo, don’t have a TV and whose parents are hippies?
Some, as it happens, become comedians. Enter stage-left Alice Fraser; a combination of intellect—I’m talking Cambridge educated—and a childhood different than most, who will have you hanging off every hilarious and tragic word whilst, at times, singing a ditty along to the banjo.
The Alice Fraser Trilogy is an ABC Podcast that is a tightly edited recording of Alice’s three-hour show at the 2018 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. There are three episodes—Savage, The Resistance and Empire Act—each of which has an Act I & II, making six episodes in total.
Alice’s mum has been ill her whole life and is dying, and from this sadness and tragedy it begins—there is no soft-start here—but Alice makes it clear we are allowed to laugh. She is, after all, a comedian. In the first episode—Savage—Alice goes to an art therapy class, where participants are asked to create a collage that represents their fears. One participant relays that her mother is her fear, because “she’s too lovely…(and will try to) take over my life”.
Alice, whose mum is in hospital, starts the hilarity with one of her many call-outs of privilege, and our language of extremes where we overstate leaving no room to articulate real disaster, or heartache, or joy.
In the second episode—The Resistance—we meet Alice’s Jewish Granny whose faux pas belie her deeds and her haven for the menagerie of broken people she’s collected. “She was a wonderful, warm, kind, considerate—bigot.”
In the third episode—Empire Act—Alice will enlighten you on Quantum Physics…let’s move on, shall we? Her clarification as to the difference between sex and sexiness holds no prisoners, as Alice cleverly guides us through her self-described “morality tale” where the ending, like Alice, is so very sweet.
This podcast calls out armchair activism. It calls out all that is boring in our world. It calls out the unimportant stuff upon which we dwell. It is a tale of clarity to all the white noise that is silenced when s**t happens.
With a voice reminiscent of Jean Kittson with its hypnotic tone, Alice’s storytelling is smooth, polished and thought-provoking, a testament to her being more ‘smart’ than ‘smart-arse’.
Alice refers to this Trilogy as “this weird existential, f**king occasionally musical comedy“, and I concur; so ready yourself for deep philosophy, hillbilly banjo ditties, with oom-pah-pah accompaniments. I loved it.
Listen here: abc.net.au/radio/programs/alice-fraser-trilogy
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