Thursday, November 3, 2022

Dr Professor Neal Portenza Performs His Own Autopsy Live

Dr Professor Neal Portenza, the scarlet-cheeked alter-ego of Josh Ladgrove, is among the vanguard of performers bringing playful, absurd clowning back to comedy.

His Own Autopsy..., continues that tradition with a fun hour of loose, dynamic horseplay that’s heavy on the audience interaction. Tonight’s midweek show proved a solidly enjoyable romp, but only fleetingly hit the very peaks of carefree abandon that the form, at its best, can engender.

The good Dr Professor is not the only character in an hour which also features Stavros, an archetypal swaggering young Greek-Australian, full of immature machismo and endearingly naivety; a dodgy French portrait artist; and Neal’s deliciously diabolical brother Gary, a modern-day Dr Evil who steals the show. Members of the audience provide the full supporting cast, however unwittingly.

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