It’s certain that there are many underappreciated comic geniuses playing this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival, but if there’s one you just should not miss, it’s Fin Taylor. Following up his brilliant political lambast of last year – Lefty Tighty Righty Loosey – the controversial British comedian has his sights set on gender politics in When Harassy Met Sally.
As he begins, he notes he has a lot to get through, and he’s not wrong. One of the most brilliant parts of Taylor’s routines is that they’re impeccably written, chock full of confronting ideas and side-splittingly funny at the same time. He’s not afraid of offending people but he knows when he’s going to come close, so he sits down at those moments in the hope of softening his intelligently intimidating figure.
Starting with some very valid questions about gender identity equality in both bathroom stalls and competitive sport – even equality amongst abilities in the Paralympics – Taylor’s jokes could be offensive if they weren’t so terribly well observed. He hits the nail so squarely on the head that right wing bigots to even the most left wing libertarians could find themselves questioning their viewpoints.
If there’s a stance Taylor hasn’t considered, it’s not apparent as he skilfully demonstrates empathy for both sides of the gender debate, proving the differing perspectives of men and women when it comes to sex, through an unsuspecting couple sat in the front row. From Harvey Weinstein, to Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K. and Aziz Ansari, Taylor leaves no sexual harassment-shamed celebrity unexamined. In his own hilariously cunning way, he makes it clear that no two cases, nor our reactions to them are truly the same.
Fin Taylor’s humour is not only witty and wise, but pitch black and chortlingly funny. Get your tickets now before everyone else finds out how brilliant he is and you regret missing out.