Moon and Keeth are originally from Manchester, UK. The jobless couple are proud to be here to tell us more about how they adapted to Aussie life and recall their shitty past in dreary Northern England, whilst remaining positive about their not-so-rosy future.
Moon and Keeth:This is your (shit) life has been put together from lots of improvisation and material from previous stand-up sets of Moon plus skits that have been produced by the creators Sharon Heywood and Amir Rahimzadeh over the past few years. The characters' interactions really came to life during the 18 locked-down months of sitting on their arses at home in Melbourne and pontificating. If Moon and Keeth can be bothered, expect more improvisation and new material from them on a nightly basis and perhaps even a bit of audience participation.
This 50-minute multimedia character stand-up comedy is presented by Shamiron, the creative team of Amir Rahimzadeh and Sharon Heywood who entertained sell-out audiences at the 2021 Melbourne International Comedy Festival with their acclaimed show Don’t Trust me, I’m a Dentist, which was directed by Roz Hammond.
Sharon Heywood is a British-Irish actor/writer. She spent many years back in the UK producing her own comedy, whilst juggling life as a mum, professional chef and teacher.
Sharon has an extensive back catalogue of multi-media sketch shows at Buxton and Edinburgh Festivals and character stand-up and independent short films. Her favourite stand-up character, Moon, has frequented many comedy venues including Manchester’s Frog and Bucket, The Comedy Store and The Laughter Lounge. In 2016 she shared billing with Russell Kane and later in the same year, Sharon was short-listed for Manchester XFM Comedian of the Year as judged by UK’s Justin Lee Collins with the set featuring her infamous alter-ego. Sharon has had some of her work featured on UK Radio ‘Crooked Comedy’ sketch show and ITV’s Shoot The Writers.
Since landing in Australia five years ago, she has been busy working on some great film and theatre productions. These include The Light and Sound show for Sovereign Hill film Gold, the comedy web series 'Neighbourhood Watch' and 'Please Rewind', the play Worth performed at the 2018 Melbourne Fringe and several independent short films including Whiplash, Dog Dayz2 and Screaming Demons.
Sharon is excited to finally bring Moon out of retirement and be back to Melbourne International Comedy Festival for a second time.
Originally born in Iran but raised in the UK, Amir qualified as a dentist before realising his passion for the arts. He started his career in theatre back in 2002 and performed on the fringe scene in his home town of Manchester whilst still (occasionally) inflicting pain on people with root canal work.
He has several notable credits within the circuit including Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre, The 24:7 Festival and touring the UK with the play Vienna during which he met his future wife and partner in crime, Sharon. By 2010 Amir moved largely into acting, ditching the latex gloves and dental drill for a more fulfilling, albeit a potentially penniless career.
Amir’s film credits include the BAFTA-winning Last Night in Edinburgh, Freesia, Go With God and Jon Stewart’s Rosewater. Most recently, he was a principal cast member in Timur Bekmambetov's award winning Profile which had its Australian premiere at the 2018 Melbourne International Film Festival.
After immigrating to Australia in 2016, Amir has been busy with various film projects but he is best known here as Hamid Jafari in the two seasons of hit ABC TV drama series The Heights. He’s recently featured in Neighbours and will be working on the feature Fletch:Fearless in early 2022.
As a team, Amir and Sharon have written and produced several comedies together on stage and screen including the multi-media sketch shows Perverted Moves in the Dark and its sequel The Second Coming both of which toured Manchester to great audience response. Their co-written comedy Don’t Trust me, I’m a Dentist was first performed in Melbourne in 2017 and then revamped for the 2021 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. The show went out to sold-out audiences and received very positive reviews:
'The script is poignant and meaningful while hilariously revealing what is possibly happening behind the surgery doors. Relying on basic props, both Amir and Sharon do a spectacular job displaying the numerous emotions from enthusiasm to contempt and disillusionment and back to contempt.' Toorak Times
'Don’t Trust Me I’m A Dentist is an amazing piece of theatre that reveals the brilliance of Amir Rahimzadeh and Sharon Heywood while telling a story that both entertains and makes you think... The power of this show though lays in the fact that it can mix comedic moments with that of a tragic story, yes in a sense this show has aspects of Shakespeare all over it.' Subculture Media
This show contains: Strong coarse language.
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