Andy Matthews and Tony Besselink: Achieve Nothing. Don't believe a word of it. Between the two of them, these local stand-up comedians have achieved plenty.
Welcoming a dangerously introverted audience into the Imperial Hotel venue, RAW State Finalist (VIC) Andy Matthews seemed to possess a natural flair for putting the crowd at ease. Civilly coaxing punters to the front of the room, the very professional comic hosted the opening half of the duo's stand-up show.
His brand of comedy is refreshingly unobtrusive; articulate and seemingly unassuming, Matthews beckons his audience closer as if he were coyly sharing a secret with the crowded room.
The blonde-bearded comic, with his square rimmed glasses and neatly tucked shirt, somehow seems to provide all the answers to life that you never knew you needed. His material is consistently strong, satisfyingly relatable, and fantastically clever.
Having well and truly warmed the audience up Matthews retreated behind a perhaps unnecessary corner curtain, to introduce his 'other half', Tony Besselink.
Another emerging Melbourne stand-up, Besselink boasts a very strong stage presence. He is the perfect hybrid of Absolutely Ridiculous, and Incredibly Witty.
Pushing his floppy blonde hair around indignantly, Besselink touts his gripes on all things from religion to fruit. He successfully holds the audience in crescendos of laughter with what should be the most mundane observations; if Jerry Seinfeld were vastly cheekier, he would probably sound something like Tony Besselink.
Together, the two talented performers present a hugely enjoyable show for anyone who wants to see some very high quality stand-up in the making.
The Imperial Hotel
March 27 - April 7