Tom Lang from Love FactuallyLove Factually is a comedy show that takes easy aim at the fetid honeypot of gross sex stories that the animal world provides. If you’re after anything more daring, this is not your scene.

Because that’s the problem, really. Love Factually is a show about weird sex. More specifically, it’s about weird animal sex (because weird human sex facts have been done only slightly more to death, although we do make a couple of justified appearances in this show). Despite Tom Lang’s chutzpah and natural on-stage demeanour, nothing in this particular weird-sex comedy show is any different to any other weird-sex comedy show that’s been done before. As a result, Love Factually is challenged by a lack of strong, fresh material.

That’s not to say the show isn’t enjoyable. It is, in a let’s-see-which-ones-I’ve-heard-before kind of way. Some animals do have some damn weird sex, by human standards. If you’ve never engaged in penis fencing, for example, then you’re clearly not a flatworm. And Romans apparently took their ideas about Cupid from snails. Go figure.

It’s also important to note that some thought has evidently gone into the slideshow that accompanies Lang’s relaxed, friendly stand-up. The visuals are witty and cute, what with all the MS Paint-esque drawings and references to things that children of the nineties remember fondly (i.e. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air).

So for seasoned comedy-goers, Love Factually is enjoyable, if a tad mundane. But for young’uns who like talking about intercourse, there’s penis fencing! Snail ‘love darts’! And death by sex!

Love Factually has finished its run at the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

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Peter Fray
Peter Fray
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