Internationally acclaimed Australian comedy duo, The Umbilical Brothers, will visit Horsham on April 8.
They will perform Speedmouse, one of their original performances, at the Horsham Town Hall at 8pm.
David Collins, or Dave Umbie as he is referred to as on stage, said if the audience in Horsham doesn’t have at least 10 outbursts of laughter during the show he will personally give them their money back.
Collins said the bare bones of the show, Speedmouse, are the same but himself and stage partner Shane Dundas have been improvising on stage to make each show unique.
“The jokes are almost unrecognisable from the first show, we’re just trying to make each other laugh on stage and we think that makes for the best show,” he said.
In Speedmouse there is three people on stage instead of two, Collins, Dundas and a roadie. Collins said himself and the roadie have somewhat of a feud.
“It’s the roadie’s show this show, we just have to put up with him. The roadie is very lethargic, very condescending to me… although he never says a word, I’ve never heard him say anything actually,” he said.
“He just lumbers around on stage and does just enough, exactly what is needed, not a step more or a step less. He seems to have an affinity to Shane that I can’t work out.”
Collins said he believes Dundas and the roadie think they have a natural bond because Dundas hired him.
“Whereas Tina who I hired, she just does a magnificent job. She’s just honest, 100 per cent of the time she is there for you if you need her,” he said.
“Shane must have rubbed her the wrong way because the two of them don’t really get on.”
Collins said all four characters end up being heavily involved in the show.
He said it has been a long time since The Umbilical Brothers had performed in Horsham.
“We’ve just come back from overseas and are trying to invent a new show and it is doing our head in at the moment because it is very, very technically involving,” he said.
“If anyone has seen our show The Rehearsal it’s on the way to that. There is a video called Bear Attack Live On Stage, made from a camera, a screen and a puppet. That show is similar to that.”
Collins said the comedy duo was working on the upcoming show during the week and performing Speedmouse in regional and metropolitan areas at the weekend.
The Umbilical Brother have started posting short videos on their Instagram of the places they have travelled and Collins said they plan on making one while in Horsham.
“We will go and film things that are specific to Horsham. So you guys can go ‘I know that place’ or ‘I know that guy’, it’s a lot of fun,” he said.
Collins said the audience in Horsham will get involved in Speedmouse when The Umbilical Brothers ask for an Arnold Schwarzenegger impression and said it is “the biggest Schwarzenegger impression Horsham has ever seen”.
Collins said himself and Dudas’s role model was actually Jackie Chan.
“We watched a lot of Jackie Chan,” he said.
“We really love Jackie Chan, his physicality. His fight scenes were like a ballet to us, and the sound effects over the top were just extreme. That’s how we started, just doing Jackie Chan fight scenes.”
Tickets for the show range from $44 to $49.