I’ve always felt an affinity with Bridget Jones. I, too, am hopeless in the realms of romance, and struggle daily to balance my desire to look like Margot Robbie with my simultaneous love of all things chocolate coated. But, after viewing Jude Perl’s comedy show Let’s Hang Out, I’ve realised that I am Jude Perl. Well, not actually. That would be some Freaky Friday magic that I haven’t quite worked out yet. What I mean to say is Jude Perl’s comedy gives refreshing voice to the realities of being a modern woman. In Let’s Hang Out, Jude covers everything from living in a share house to that alarming moment in time when there seems to be an epidemic of friends having babies. Relatable, right?
Jude Perl is a Melbourne-based comedian and singer-songwriter with 2 studio albums to her name. She merges this musical talent with her stand up to great effect, creating hilarious and memorable pop-songs. What is most impressive is that these songs are not only funny, but also infinitely better composed than many of the songs on commercial radio. Numbers such as ‘Don’t have a baby’ will be stuck in your head for the next few days (Sounds odd out of context, but check out the show to experience the full comedic gold of this catchy number).
The honesty with which Jude delivers embarrassing anecdotes from childhood to present is extremely amusing. I’m sure we all have long-repressed embarrassing memories from our teenagerdom and early forays into the dating game that we can bring with us to the show. Jude’s enthusiasm and positivity help deliver her own stories in a way that will make you want to celebrate these.
Let’s Hang Out is playing at The Butterfly Club, the most mesmeric venue I have experienced in Melbourne to date. Down a secluded alleyway off Little Collins Street, The Butterfly Club seems to me like the mythical wardrobe from C.S Lewis’ days. As you make your way through the bar and multiple reception rooms towards the theatre, it is like descending further and further into Narnia. Random trinkets adorn every possible service. A pirate flag, Russian dolls, antiques, telephones, huge gilded portraits, you name it, and you’ll find it there. It is a hoarders dream. The theatre itself is intimate, and probably the perfect venue to fully appreciate Jude’s musical stylings.
Overall, Let’s Hang Out is an extremely enjoyable journey into the realities of modern womanhood that I am sure men and women alike can relate to. Jude’s music talent and self-deprecating honesty will have you feeling a lot better about your own dating miss-steps and crippling self-doubt.
Do yourself a favour, hang out with Jude.
Let’s Hang Out is playing at The Butterfly Room in Melbourne until 23rd July, 2017. Tickets are available here.
The reviewer attended the 18th July 8.30pm performance.