They’ve played everywhere from Edinburgh to the Melbourne Comedy Festival, but a recent show at Adelaide’s Feast showed Sista She a truly supportive audience.
At their second performance of The Naked MC, the packed house was approximately 98 percent women, all wanting a piece of Sheila, Rasheda and on-stage hip-hop producer Busty Beats.
They were going mad! We were watching all of these other people doing incredible shows and they really influenced The Naked MC -“ it’s kind of transformed a bit, Sarah Ward, a.k.a. Sheila MC Eila, says.
Sista She are planning spectacular things for their next big gig, hosting the Mardi Gras festival launch on the Opera House steps. Expect comedy, hip-hop, some mixed up gay anthems and possibly a bit of interpretive dance.
For this is what audiences at their shows have come to expect. The Naked MC is loosely described as a cabaret, Inna Thigh as a rap musical. So what does that make Sista She?
How we see ourselves and how the audience sees us is always morphing and changing, Ward says.
If we were overseas we could definitely call ourselves a comedy act. But comedy in Australia kind of means something else -“ it’s stand up, it’s dry.
Hell, we’ve got interpretive dance. What we’re calling ourselves at the moment is a -˜hip-hop comedy queer feminist act’, which really means -˜fuck off with your labels’.
In addition to hosting Launch, Sista She are presenting their Naked MC show at @Newtown on Saturday 11 February. The show is expected to sell out.
Sista She will host the Mardi Gras Launch at the Sydney Opera House on Friday 3 February. Other performers include Andy Clockwise, Sveta and Sarah McLeod. Sista She’s The Naked MC is on at @Newtown, 52 Enmore Rd, Enmore, on Saturday 11 February. Tickets are $20/ $25 and are available online at the Moshtix website or by calling 9550 3666.