I t’s Wednesday night at 8pm. A crowd of around 70 people have packed out the Canberra Theatre Centre’s “Courtyard Studio” for one of Australia’s most popular comedians – Akmal Saleh.AKmal2

The atmosphere before the show was tender. Patrons walked in and collected their tickets before sitting down in the unreserved seating. The room was small and the microphone was very close to the crowd, providing for an already intimate atmosphere.

Akmal then takes over the PA system, introducing Canberra local Jay Sullivan. Jay starts his comedic routine and the crowd warms to his humour. Street signs, weather and the public service are all touched on before Jay welcomes Akmal to the stage.

In the opening stanza, Akmal let the audience know that he was practising material for use in his bigger productions. He let the crowd know that some of his material may not be funny, but this certainly wasn’t the case. Akmal had the audience laughing fAKmal 1rom start to finish. His crowd interactions were witty and humorous. This added to the intimacy of his comedic act.

Akmal’s routine went for over an hour and it was a thoroughly entertaining show. He sought feedback from the crowd abut which jokes worked, and this was done in a fun way.

Akmal Saleh’s “Trial and Error” was a great way to spend an evening in Canberra and was a timely reminder that there are exciting events happening on your doorstep, you just need to know where to look for them.

 

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