Jack Druce’s show ‘Kitchen Bird’ was a highly entertaining contribution to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival this year. Performed in the back room at Belleville, which is a tiny space, the show was extremely intimate. Druce’s relaxed manner and comfortable interaction with the audience ensured the tight quarters was not a negative feature.

I always try and watch a few videos online when I am choosing which shows to see at the festival, so I recognised a few of Druce’s stories and of course we all realise they are part of a rehearsed routine. But you would not know that from his performance, which felt fresh and spontaneous. His content, like most good comedy, is autobiographical in nature. A number of stories relate to his apparent fascination with ‘adorable old men’ and several others revolve around his search for accommodation. They were all interesting, funny, and not always predictable. Druce’s experience as a comedic writer was also apparent in his ability to follow what appeared to be tangents into long involved tales… but then always ensuring he circled back and finished the original story.  

Druce’s comedy is relatable, entertaining and frequently endearing – especially the visual punchline shown at the end of the show. ‘Kitchen Bird’ is well worth adding to your crowded MICF itinerary.