Having an ethnic background in Australia, can be a multi-flavoured experience.
Montana Papadinis, Richard Meneses and Peter Josip are making their Melbourne International Comedy Festival debut, by “cooking up” some jokes, for an audience, that might be interested in having a taste of of some “sweet and salty” comedy.
Maple Syrup Souvlaki, is a show inspired by the trio’s experiences as “young, ethnic adults navigating a challenging world,” running from Wednesday, March 29 to Sunday, April 2, at UBQ on Smith Street, Collingwood.
“We all kind of have similar upbringings. We thought this would be a good experience to showcase our talents and what we’ve got so far in terms of material,” said 24-year-old Peter Josip to Neos Kosmos.
“Maple Syrup Souvlaki” was a name that “kind of presented itself to us,” adds Peter.
“Montana and I have similar backgrounds, her family is Greek and mine is Greek Cypriot, and we represent the souvlaki, whereas Richard’s family is originally from Canada, and he represents the maple syrup.”
Peter and Montana used to know each other before they started comedy, as they did musical theatre together.
“I was kind of the class clown.”
“Stand-up comedy felt like a natural progression,” for Peter, although the comedy space certainly comes with challenges.
“I think every time you go on stage is a challenge. You deal with a lot of rejection, people not laughing.”
“At the start it can be very humiliating.”
However according to Peter, “the only way to get through,” is to “just keep going.”
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