After the devastation that was 2020, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is back!
One of its stars, Alice Tovey, is excited to be bringing you her fab show, Doggo. Blending song, sketches and satire, Doggo is Tovey’s most ambitious work to date,
Read on to spend 5 minutes with Alice Tovey:
How would you describe your show to someone who knew nothing about it?
Subversive sexy musical dog comedy. A show about the lives and deaths of the dogs we love, and how we are all just trying to be good boys.
What/Who was its inspiration?
The show is a love letter to my beloved childhood dog Daisy, and the pop musicians that have filled my life with joy. My comedy has always taken inspiration from Tim Minchin; he’s the reason that I started comedy. Also, I have always been inspired by Judith Lucy, Denise Scott, Jude Perl and Anne Edmonds. Whereas the music takes inspiration from Queen, Lady Gaga, Prince, Cab Calloway, New Order and more.
What do you think its best quality is?
I have the loudest voice in show business. It is physically the strongest quality of the show. I may shatter glass. Come and see me cause havoc.
Why should people see it?
It’s exactly the kind of joyful catharsis that we need after the absolute dog shit year we’ve just had. Come on out, have a cocktail and let’s get silly.
If there is one thing you would like to say to your fans, what is it?
I love you all so much. You are all magic. The fact that people come and see me on purpose is such a treat. Thank you.
Who or what has been the greatest influence on your career?
My family. Not only are they all incredibly funny, they also gave me the confidence to believe I could make a career in the arts work. I’m forever grateful for their humour and support.
Who makes you want to create
I create part out of love, part out of spite. Writing a song for a loved one is one of my favourite things to do. Also, I love telling crap bag politicians that they are evil bastards. Peter Dutton is a combination of pure vitriol and aeroplane farts who I hope is having a bad day.
When did it become clear to you that comedy and entertainment were your passions?
When I wasn’t good at anything else. I got fired after working in a bridal shop after 3 shifts. All I can do is sing, tell jokes and look good. It’s a blessing and a curse.
What does comedy, creation and entertainment mean to you?
Being able to live authentically. Comedy has given me the language to come out to my family, to address the yucko bits of my past, and to grapple with the big philosophical brain worms that creep into your head at night. And I get to do it while making people laugh. That rules.
What are 3 words that describe you?
Hand wash only
What are 3 things that would surprise people to learn about you?
I have no sense of direction and will always be ten minutes late (sorry to my co-workers), I’m a Scorpio, and I have a chicken pox scar in the middle of my forehead
How excited are you to be performing in front of a live audience again after last year’s covid shut down?
I don’t have the language, but this is a visual representation…
What is next for you?
I want to tour this show, get on Netflix and have a nice lie down. I’ll give myself a few years to get it done.
Alice asks: Am I the kind of person that my dog thinks I am? How can I be the type of person my dog would be proud of? It’s a show about being unapologetically yourself, and in true Alice style, will be filled with songs and hilarious sketches.
Through her unique, musical and provocative lens, Alice blends elements of musical comedy, experimental performance, burlesque, and immersive theatre to create an hour of pop bangers, sketch and sizzling satire that will leave audiences begging for more. Bring a doggy bag, there will be plenty to take home!
Alice Tovey presents Doggo
2 – 11 April, 7pm (60 minutes)
The Butterfly Club