MICF: Telia Neville
Thursday, April 11 2013
Northcote Town Hall has an enviable line-up this year. A showing of the off kilter and never dull. Nevile’s schtick for 2013 is that she’s producing pirate radio out of her bedroom, wearing Freudian slippers (yes they’re a thing, yes you can buy them off the internet).
Nevile is smarter than a Smartie with the marketing of an M & M (not a statement on her marketing, but her smarts). The persona she’s built over the past few years allows her to mock long words and precise structures while displaying them. She can recline in an armchair reading her own West Wing smut while entertaining people who have never seen the program, with lines like “his manhood was becoming rigid. Rigid like his principles. Rigid like his belief in the democratic system.”
This is a Down-to-Earth show for the tertiary educated. You don’t have to feel like an asshole for knowing something behind what a comedian is saying, because she knows it too. The longer we’re told to use clear words, the sillier long vocabulary can sounds, but as Nevile says “why settle for one syllable.”
Nevile is hilarious without cruelty or low denominators. She performs a black metal song about apostrophes. She is genuine when she thanks her audience for punting on her. She’s worth that punt.