Back in the habit | Nath Valvo
Ait’s alright gay Nath Valvo came back to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for his 11and year with its cheeky hardware and whimsical spirit. The fan-favorite and award-winning comic has achieved more than most during the pandemic, with several specials now streaming online and an envious amount of yarn stitches.
Like previous performances, Valve amounts to Maximum power, but this time without the fanfare of previous productions. The twin performance allows Valve to shine as a star, he’s in the 60-minute performance that includes family drama, high school nostalgia, and being the second favorite person in your relationship.
by Valvo the self-deprecating humor avoids being heartfelt as it constantly flips the narrative on itself, being both relatable and hilarious with a fresh show of completely original material. Friends, boyfriends, family and aging all play a role in Back in the habit which turns out to be more than one Sister Act 2 reference, but a true reference to by Valvo Catholic education.
Much of the performance revolves around by Valvo own exit story which he says was the by-product of pingers and The Peel Hotel and how he managed to lock up his partner of 8 years who is (according to Valvo) a 9.5 out of 10.
Valve has previously joked about his relationship, but the fact that his partner is an infectious disease scientist in a pandemic-ridden world makes his performance all the more engaging as he struggles to share the limelight.
Easily likeable and always funny, Nath Valvo still delivers a pleasing performance. There is no frightening audience participation or confrontation of topics. Although it touches on the pandemic, there isn’t a whole lot of talk about Covid that I for one am thankful for. Thinking back to her elementary school days and her long-lost aspirations, Valve encourages the public to “give up their dreams”. However, in a strange turn of events, his performance is far from dull. Valve is a breath of fresh air offering audiences his style of observational humor and relatable drama that we’ve come to love over the past 11 years.
While he may not have reached the dizzying heights of Hollywood stardom, his host of local fans should help ease the pain as he comfortably steals the show once again.
Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2022
Back in the habit
Location: Maximum power | 125 Swanston St (opposite City Hall), Melbourne VIC
Appointment: March 31 – April 24, 2022
Tickets: $35 – $25
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