This Way Up
Luke and Wyatt
Music comedy duo Luke and Wyatt have picked up many young fans across the nation since skipping Perth two years ago to pursue their careers in Melbourne.
Finding fame through NovaFM, pay-TV channel Nickelodeon and gigs at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, they have returned to their old home town with their latest show This Way Up at Fringe World.
It's hard to know which way is up with these guys. Armed with guitar, keyboards and the occasional backing track, they use their on-stage chemistry to concoct an unpredictable mix of smut, cheese and unadulterated wit that always seems to be on the entropic cusp of exploding in their faces.
Bouncing off one another in fine comedy-duo tradition, they give the impression of making it up as they go along for their own enjoyment regardless of whether the audience is coming along for the ride. Fortunately, in this 45-minute show, there were very few slip-ups or misfires.
The more measured Luke Ryan is the perfect foil to the boisterous Wyatt Nixon-Lloyd, who has an evil-clown grin like Luna Park and all the boofy enthusiasm of a labrador that's drunk a bowl of red cordial.
They often took the mickey out of themselves as well as their targets as they galloped their way through parodies of various different genres, taking a swipe at the faux sincerity of political songs, a shonky pirate shanty; a redneck Aussie bush song, cocksure beatboxers in the Fish and Chip Rap and making a mockery of the po-faced Cranberries' anthem Zombie in The Potato Song ("Ma mummy, she's diggin' 'taters").
Owing much to music comedy teams like the Flight of the Conchords, Tripod and the Scared Weird Little Guys, Luke and Wyatt have developed a style all their own that is bound to keep them on the up and up.
This Way Up performs tonight and tomorrow.