Review: We Should Know Better
Thursday, October 18 2012
Sarah Martin went to the September production of live “comedy quiz show for cool people who like things” We Should Know Better.
The evening didn’t get off to the most auspicious start—in true Melbournian style, I was delayed by a rogue tram. However, in one of life’s more joyful mishaps, we didn’t miss anything as the show was also delayed due to technical problems. Instead we had a chance to explore the venue, Fitzroy’s queer bookshop Hares and Hyenas. Like all good live shows with nervous young comedians, there was alcohol readily at hand. So as we waited we were able to nurse a cider and examine the naked superheroes on the covers of comics.
This set the tone for the evening with admirable accuracy; namely, a shit ton of sex jokes. If you imagine Spicks and Specks, with the musical focus removed and replaced with an irreverent delight in masturbation jokes, you may be getting the right idea.
One of the first games of the evening was an enthusiastic round of Sex Taboo, a game in which one contestant has to help their team mates guess a word (for example “bestiality”) without using any from a proscribed list (“animal, dog, sex” etc.).
The host Peter C. Hayward kept the banter going along at a lively clip, and the panellists were more than happy to jump in with their own mad tangents. At the start of the evening I had no idea I would learn so much about the mythical tanuki, a Japanese raccoon with remarkably pendulous testicles.
This probably isn’t the best show to see with your grandmother, but it should find an appreciative audience among uni students and Farrago readers. I’m basing this on my personal assessment of how I would feel if I saw this show with my own Nan in tow. My enjoyment would be mitigated by the ground swallowing me whole. On the plus side, this would be an improvement over actually looking Nan in the eye afterward.
There were a few dips in energy during pauses to reset the cameras when the panellists seemed at a loss. Saying “Awk-ward!” does not work when caught buying embarrassing magazines, or on a panel show.
But these were honestly just minor flaws given the evening as a whole. For five dollars, this event is well worth checking out. Hell, I’d even recommend it at double that price. But in this age of technological marvels, you hardly need take my word on it—an edited version of the show is available on their YouTube channel WeShouldKnowB (apparently a British One Direction fan beat them to the full username). The next show is on Friday 19th of October, again at the Hare and Hyena. As with everything, there is a Facebook event with details, entreaties to attend, and false rumours of a car giveaway. And in case my words of wit and wisdom haven’t swayed you, I will leave you with my companion’s assessment: it’s funny, and you should go.
We Should Know Better has its next show on 19 October, from 8pm at Hares and Hyenas, Brunswick Street. Check it out here We Should Know Better