“Monumentally misconceived” and “lightly likeable” (The Scotsman) is just some of the critical praise heaped upon Matt Tribe and Simon Kaye’s previous work debuted at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe. Typical Scots!
In 2020 the Aussie duo are back in the safe bosom of their motherland, delivering a piping-hot, brand-new comedy, IMPOSTER, to Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Have you ever felt like a fraud? Do you ever fear that someone might discover the truth: that you don’t have a clue what you’re doing? Meet John Mayne, a radio DJ perpetually caught in that twilight-zone of self-doubt. Worse still, John’s trapped at the centre of a scandal – and it’s going to cost him everything to break free. He’s the voice you know and person you don’t, victim of his own hubris and prisoner of his own venomous ego.
In an era of Reality TV, celebrity worship and the radio Shock Jock, IMPOSTER explores the nature of fame and the lies we indulge for the sake of entertainment. It’s a love-letter to radio, as well as a warning to those who would so readily believe everything they hear as gospel truth.
This is a play bigger, bolder, and braver than anything you’ve seen before and showcases Matt and Simon’s natural on-stage chemistry and comedic timing. Their humor is often subversive, but it is always a joyous self-deprecating romp from two developing talents driven to make each other laugh as much as the audience. They’ve been ‘friends’ for more than 15 years, but would both deny it instantly.
In truth Matt and Simon met in the stern halls of a Lutheran high school and, after wincing their way through countless canings, have in adulthood continued to produce numerous comedic sketches for the stage and screen, podcasts and audio vignettes. Now on the other side of 30, they should probably find a more profitable way of venting their creative energies and, when appropriate, juices. But they simply know nothing else, and wouldn’t have it any other way.
Simon Kaye’s 'other life' is usually behind the computer screen in a film-editing suite. He has worked on numerous professional productions including kids' TV shows, commercials and short films. However, because he’s just the ‘editor’ there’s never any glory.
Matt Tribe, perhaps unironically, is a radio presenter –though any resemblance to the character John Mayne is purely coincidental.
This show contains: Violence.
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