The show begins with Irene Pink and Justine Smith standing spot lit, centre stage muttering indistinctly to each other and occasionally readjusting necklines for what seems like several minutes, before the voice of the TV executive announces he's ready to see their pitch. The fact that the audience is already laughing before they even say a word, I take as a sign of good things to come, and I'm not disappointed.
Oozing self-confidence, if somewhat misplaced, they launch into pitching a selection of all the most send-up-able TV styles you could wish for. These include a period spoof, the double entendre eagerly pointed out by Justine, who seems to have a penchant for women's bits; a cop show, where Justine's cop persona, Sunshine, spends most of her time doing unmentionable things with a truncheon; a Spitting Image meets The Muppets current events show, about as hard-hitting as a sanitary pad (sorry it's catching), starring Miss Piggy-inspired puppet versions of themselves. Guess who they want to write them a song!
My highlights are the Get Up morning show, a large part of which consists of giving emailers advice they “are completely unqualified to give”, and I'm so dying to find out how to make a Christmas tree out of … [spoiler averted]! Also, the hysterical take off of The Amazing Race reality show, which has a distinct Ab Fab feel.
The Pitch is billed as a "multimedia, musical sketch show", and the on screen component works well when combined with live back-up to flesh out the comedy, however I feel the screen show becomes a little laboured towards the end. Despite that, the show is a hoot.
Justine and Irene have a great rapport and relaxed style, which allows their obviously well honed stand-up personas to frequently creep into the sketch. They are unmarried, childless and proud of it, with Justine's distaste at the idea of having children creating some fabulous comedy fodder.
The Pitch is a great night out; I can't wait for the TV series!
Romy Hopper, Entertain Me'From mimicking spiritual reality shows to pretentious art house cinema, there’s no doubt these women have a great comedic connection between each other and the audiences they play to'open/close
‘The Pitch’ is a sketch show about... just that.
Irene Pink and Justine Smith pitched their multitudinous talents to an apparent network executive (a foreboding male voice over) in the hopes of making their own TV show.
Their furious attempts to thrill said executive was highlighted as they floundered about with all kinds of conventions: puppetry, live singing, satire and more. This is a tricky premise for a show, as the line between impressing an invisible counterpart versus impressing the audience is blurred.
Their rendition of The Breakfast Show, or as they renamed it ‘GET UP!’, was by far the highlight of the performance. If they had run with that idea the whole way through there would have been no silences on our part. A mere mention of Petra Baghurst had us all in stitches. Sadly, the puppets were a letdown. They were immaculately made Muppet-esque figures of the leading ladies, yet their story lacked the comic gong of the actual women on stage.
From mimicking spiritual reality shows to pretentious art house cinema, there’s no doubt these women have a great comedic connection between each other and the audiences they play to. I hope that the sequel will lose the sheer quantity of material in order to isolate the quality pieces that the audiences will savour.