Last night I was privileged enough to be invited to the opening night of Candy Bowers’ new show Fatty Boom Boom Remix which was quite frankly, a most amazing night and I’m most spectacularly glad that I dragged my booty out of my pink fluffy pyjamas to attend all the way in deep dark South Yarra.
If you haven’t read my review of her Melbourne Fringe Show, Australian Booty, that would be a really good place for you to start and admittedly there is a lot of content from the fringe show that shows up in this new MICF one. So I’m not going to go into massive deep review of last night’s performance except to say that if you missed her at Fringe, don’t be twice a fool and miss her at Comedy Fest. Your life will be better. SO much better.
What I do want to talk about right now is the complex mix of emotions that Candy’s shows bring up in me. The phrase “it made my heart sing” is far too often used and yet that’s exactly what it did last night on a number of occasions. The singing started with some singing from the massively awesome Massive Hip Hop Choir. How can I say this without sounding like a douche… I simply LOVED seeing a bunch of gender, race, body diverse young peeps doing some awesome singing and dancing and music-ing of ALL types at a Chapel St venue. I want them to come to my EVERYTHING. They were young they were talented they were sexy and spunky and deeply astoundingly awesome. Mainstream Australiana is SO missing the diversity of talent that exists on our little island. I sat in the front row at Red Bennies with my generous glass of Shiraz feeling very white and talentless and it was AWESOME!!!!!
Next comes the shows content. Candy is a woman with an agenda and she’s not afraid to show it. And as another woman with an agenda I really appreciate her getting up and doing us all proud. It’s not every day that I get to hear someone funny talking about misogyny and feminism and body disatisfaction but I really really wish it was. Candy should be required learning on the national curriculum. For girls because she could inspire the most downtrodden and body-disatisfied little lady to get up and shake it and for boys because she demands respect and admiration and demonstrates that all women are valuable. For young people of colour because she articulates what so many feel about not being visible in mainstream media and pop-culture in Australia. For curvy women because she demands to be seen as sexy while refusing to be seen as a sex object. For feminists because she makes our hearts sing with the joy of her frank and fearless attack on patriarchy.
Finally, my heart sang last night because I saw someone special to me professionally. A young lady I mentored and supported through some challenging times, who had always inspired me with her courage and intelect and for whom I had invested a lot of energy and passion to hopefully help her on her way and smooth the road slightly. She was there because Candy was also a mentor and a friend to her and it was so incredibly exciting to a) see that she was flourishing and fabulous and b) hear that she has been successful and is still doing great things. In the work that I do I often never get to see the long term stories of clients and seeing this young lady was a great moment for me to feel like my work is good.
Now, get thee all to Candy B’s new show Fatty Boom Boom Remix it’s playing all this week at Red Bennies on Chapel St in South Yarra and LOVE THY BOOTY!!!