Connor Morel’s gig-turned-musical-turned-existential-crisis ‘A Lovely Day To Be Online’ heads to Comedy Fest

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Connor Morel’s gig-turned-musical-turned-existential-crisis ‘A Lovely Day To Be Online’ heads to Comedy Fest

Connor Morel, photo by Lucinda Goodwin

'A Lovely Day To Be Online' is a one-person-pop-musical-turned-existential-crisis about a young adult realising the effect that social media is having on him.

Fresh from an impressive run at Adelaide Fringe Festival earlier this year, Geelong and Melbourne based actor, singer, writer and musician Connor Morel is bringing his gig-turned-musical-turned-existential-crisis theatre show ‘A Lovely Day To Be Online’ to Melbourne International Comedy Festival this week.

Taking over the Brunswick Ballroom for two special shows, on 13 and 14 April, singer-songwriter and self-obsessed internet addict Connor fronts a live band in this original gig-theatre show that asks: are we doing the internet right? Is the first video of a cat playing the piano as good as the 80th? Is the convenience of being able to talk to anyone worth the inconvenience of everyone being able to talk? And would life just be easier without it all?

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From the fake Instagram influencers to the radical keyboard warriors; the scamming crypto hackers to the obsessive YouTube addicts: we’re all in the sauce. But is it all going too far? And what would it take for us to realise it is?

Full of original soul-pop tunes, stories, memes and a whole lot of heart, this show delves into the humanity of how we use the internet, and how it preys on us when we’re at our worst.

Debuting at Melbourne Fringe last year to rave reviews, Connor (frontman of Geelong’s nostalgic pop rock band The Run and who is already being referred to as ‘an Australian answer to Bo Burnham) wrote the 50-minute show as a reflection on his own obsession with his smartphone and what it was doing to him.

Addressing how social media affects his relationships, his local community, and his broader understanding of how the world functions, the show was initially inspired by Connor’s own frustrating habit for his smartphone pre-pandemic, and escalating mid-pandemic with an increase in screen time prompting the rise in conversations surrounding politics and social media in popular culture (think the documentary The Social Dilemma and podcast Your Undivided Attention).

Featuring musical director and arranger William Conway (who plays for rising Melbourne acts Seb Szabo, Maz Green and Hassall), A Lovely Day To Be Online is a hilarious look into internet culture, and a glaring critique into who we become when we leave the real world.

A Lovely Day To Be Online will head to Melbourne on April 13 and April 14 as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Purchase tickets here