If you're interested in the direction of stand-up comedy in Australia, The Comedy Zone is your go-to showcase, its five fledgling performers looking to make a splash. As with most variety events, particularly one such as this where the comics are still honing their craft, the result can be a tad hit-and-miss. It's all subjective, obviously.
Of the highlights, the hilarious Damien Power impresses with his traditional stand-up comic approach. He's a natural and distracts from the fact you're meant to be watching a series of newcomers. Meanwhile, Dayne Rathbone arguably ranks as the most unique act The Comedy Zone has to offer. His awkward and overly-introverted persona paves the way for a few hard-hitting segments of perverse humor, nearly always devised to take the audience by surprise.
The best thing to do with The Comedy Zone is head into the gig with an open mind and appreciate the sheer variety on offer.