STAND-UP comedian and Beckenham resident Luke Bolland may not be the world’s biggest reality television fan, but it served as the inspiration for his hit new show.
After a successful run at Perth Fringe Festival, Bolland’s (Not) The Bachelor Live will return at the Perth Comedy Festival.
Pulling ideas from a number of dating shows, he presents a live and completely un-scripted dating game as three strangers vie for the heart of a lucky bachelor.
Bolland said the idea began when he had the idea to fix his friend up with a date.
“I’ve got a single friend, who has not been very successful in relationships but is a lovely guy, so I wanted to match him up on stage with a girl,” he said.
“When I pitched it to this friend, he said, ‘no, I can’t, I’m too shy,’ but I’d put all this time into creating this show and I thought, ‘well, I may as well just do it with someone else then.’”
The show invokes many of the tried-and-tested staples of the genre, including dating games and personal questions, but serves up one big twist in the form of audience participation.
“When the bachelor or bachelorette has picked their single, I then throw it out to the audience, and ask if there’s anybody in the audience who think they would be a better match.
“Then anyone in the audience has 30 seconds to convince the bachelor or bachelorette to go a date with them instead.
Bolland said the ending was always his favourite and had presented some memorable situations.
“I had a girl from the audience have a very emotional 30 seconds of trying to convince our bachelorette to ‘play for the other team’, which wasn’t successful, but I was impressed by the enthusiasm!”
(Not) The Bachelor Live is at The Regal Theatre in Subiaco for one-night only on Friday April 28.
Tickets are available from Ticketek.