PERHAPS never in the history of Newcastle has the city been under such a heavy nightly siege.
The profanely obscene and humorous abuse hurled by the comedic duo of the Gazillionaire and Penny Pibbets, the ringmasters of the Absinthe burlesque show now three-quarters of the way through its 40-show run in the Spiegeltent in Wheeler Place, has got people talking.
The scintillating sexy show of acrobatic feats is powerful on its own. But this duo triggers immediate gut-busting laughter with their audacious dialogue – generously spiced with the F-word – and audience interaction.
‘‘We definitely bring an American sensibility,’’ the Gazillionaire says in an in-character interview (the only kind they give) this week.
‘‘We adapted it for Australia, of course. But we do like to push people to the limit of what they’re OK with.
‘‘In Newcastle, it’s a homogenous, monochromatic, monocultural audience. It’s very white. It’s a country town on an island that’s far away from everything. Which is awesome how everyone lives. It’s nice to push some buttons, to bring the rest of the world over here.’’
Penny, his petite offsider who spews forth anatomical humour like, well, like you’ve probably never heard before, affirms their attitude: ‘‘most people want to hear it. There is the shock and then the overcoming, which I think is the most thrilling. At the end of the night, they go nuts.’’
On and off stage, the Absinthe troupe have enjoyed Newcastle immensely. Their run ends on March 15.
‘‘I love the length of the shorts the ladies seem to wear,’’ the Gazillionaire said.
And the bare-footed, bare-chested, well-tanned men are dangerous and sexy in Penny’s book. ‘‘You would think guys couldn’t pull off necklaces but they so totally can. I’m like, yeah, there’s something to grab on to.’’
Their run ends on March 15.