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September 26, 2012

Yelp's "A Night At The Roxbury"

Posted by Ben B.

Last night Yelp’s Sydney Elites and their guests gathered at The Roxbury Hotel in Glebe for a taste of what The Australian named “The best improv comedy theatre in the country.” A live entertainment mecca, the Roxbury hosts everything from trivia to poker tournaments and kicked us off with a bar tab that served as a great intro to Full Body Contact No Love Tennis, the mad-hatted kings of alternative comedy in Sydney.

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Canadian MC Cale Bain eschewed the double denim of his native tuxedo for a fetching tie-and-trainer combo before letting three teams of seasoned players loose upon an audience that had little inkling of the hilarity about to befall them. Fresh from his turn at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, DJ Tom Loud provided a live soundtrack for the mayhem onstage.

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From a single word given by the audience the teams ­– which included Claire Hooper of Good News Week and Melbourne International Comedy Festival fame – flew into improvised comedy stylings that resulted in such hysterical characters as The Goonies’ Sloth as an unwitting porn star and a worryingly pedophilic Batman. Yep.

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Hepped up and laughed out, some Elites left holding prizes like comedy DVDs and dolphin dictionaries, while the last Yelpers standing took on 8.8% Sinha Stouts into the wee hours.

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With thanks to Sam Macdonald from Sam Macdonald Photography for providing the happy snaps on the night. Until next time . . . SYOY!

Ben B
Yelp Community Manager


larissa perego

It was such a good night, the Roxbury's a cool pub and I loved the improv! Random funny chaos is the best.

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