Comedian Josh Cake is looking forward to making use of his free VIP pass to all Melbourne Fringe Festival events but admittedly, he is also excited for his own show, A Death by Chocolate.
The 19-year-old’s first stand-up gig was at a comedy event last year in a Fitzroy book store.
He was unaware it was a gay book shop and all of the other comedians performing on the night were gay, rendering him the token straight guy of the night.
Since that night he has been bringing laughter to audiences ever since, even performing in Italy.
His first show at Melbourne Fringe, A Death by Chocolate, is his opportunity to introduce himself to audiences and he plans to do so in a number of ways: portraying himself as a self-help guru, a horrible cynic, a romantic, a teacher and a wedding musician.
Interwoven throughout the show is the theme of ‘growing up’ (or at least pretending to) at the awkward transitional age of 19.
“When you’re little you think adults have it all worked out, as though there’s this switch that’s suddenly turned on,” he said.
“Along the way to making the discovery that adulthood is actually a constant choice to take responsibility for your actions, there’s a lot of miscommunication and I think that’s where the comedy lies.”
Alternating between songs and stand-up comedy, A Death by Chocolate is running between September 30 and October 4 at 10pm, and on October 5 at 7.30pm.
Originally published at The Weekly Review.