Brisbane born comedian, Luke Heggie took to The Tivoli stage last night to launch Le Festival: The Brisbane French Festival with his new show, Beach Frogs. His satirical dissection of Aussie bogan culture was chosen to open the French event; due to Heggie’s deep understanding and immersion into the French culture (he is married to a French woman and has 3 French speaking children).
Heggie opened with a story about his fat friend. The mixture of both French and Australian audiences were choiring with giggles from 60 seconds in; the inappropriate-ness of his jokes was definitely hitting the right spots. From his fat friend with a chronic illness, he moved into cracks about food preservatives, modern day life with children, Australian country culture, wellness clinics and their “holistic” approach to medicine, body dysmorphia and even the humble Aussie rat tail (do people still do that?)!
Throughout his 60 minute set, Heggie was able to keep the crowd just where he wanted them: smiling from ear-to-ear with one woman in particular clutching her sides as she howled. It’s no wonder that in 2015 he performed his show “You’re not special” to sell-out crowds across Australia; won the Directors Choice Award at the Sydney Comedy Festival; was a nominee for the Best Comedy Release at the 2016 Aria’s and in 2017 won the Comic’s Choice Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival!
If you’re up for a laugh, Luke Heggie is touring across the country, so keep an eye on his website for the up to date gig guide.