The Coconuts- Brown on the Outside, White on the Inside
If you like Sammy J or Flight of the Conchords, The Coconuts are for you!
This seemingly cute but surprisingly 'R rated' musical duo will shock and delight you with offbeat original songs, cheeky banter and their unique social perspective in this feel-good homegrown comedy debut. They’re serious and sexy, political and silly, brown and brown. Shabana and Leela can make jokes you’re not allowed to, and they do.
“The Coconuts show should by no means be viewed by kids [... ] They inevitably leap headfirst into R rated bluntness in such a sweet and seemingly innocent manner that you cannot help but laugh out loud.” - hifiway
"apple-pie sweetness belies a couple of astoundingly acid tongues." - The Advertiser
"very funny songs up their sleeves." - Arts Hub
*no sweaters were harmed in the making of this show
Presented by: The Coconuts
The Coconuts are a musical comedy duo consisting of queer filmmaker/ TV presenter Leela Varghese (she/her) and actor Shabana Azeez (she/her). After immediately bonding with Shabana (Fijian Indian) over being brown, Leela (Indian/Lebanese) formed The Coconuts (without telling Shabana) and entered them in Raw Comedy. When Shabana found out she said, “What?”. That’s when The Coconuts burst onto the scene in 2019 as SA Raw Comedy state finalists. Since then, they’ve become a sought-after comedy act. Beyond comedy, Leela’s award-winning films have screened at festivals such as Tropfest, while Shabana’s acting credits include SBS’s The Hunting, ABC and Netflix’s The Letdown and Why Are You Like This. The duo are known for their hilarious collaboration both on stage and on screen.
Reviews & Fringefeed Reacts
What reliably gets the duo their biggest laughs is their knack for flipping without warning from sweet-natured charm to foul-mouthed humour. - Megan Koch, InDaily
The Coconuts are stage ready, tour ready, Melbourne ready, Edinburgh ready. - Tony Polese, Eventalaide
They managed to embrace an audience in a discourse of difficulty with an articulated intimacy of spirit only finely crafted comedy can do. - David O'Brian, The Barefoot Review
These girls are what the comedy scene needs right now, fresh, new, interesting and actually funny. - Mina Asfour, Theatre Travels
Their deadpan humour is absolutely on point and their unassuming nature aids their A+ comedic timing. - Justine Hall, See Do Eat Review