Somehow lying has never achieved Michael Hing's goal of making him seem less awkward. Lies I've Told My Therapist And Other Professionals may not be universally relatable, with jokes that hinge on fairly niche concepts – Warhammer, Hansard, and tripping on Zoloft.
Hing is extremely likeable and there are some real "oh honey" moments when he expresses his vulnerability that win over the audience.
Hing knows what is funny and how it is funny, but he can't predict how the audience will react. This show is driven by the saga of an ill-advised skit Hing wrote for SBS's The Feed which sent viewers into a frenzy of online complaints. The audience for his standup are much more entertained, but Hing is still unsure why he is misunderstood.
When the jokes finally land this show is a riot. Hing is at his best when in the swing of explaining why he has lied to so many people: his counsellor, people who recognise him from TV, even inexplicably inventing a fake family while buying nerdy action figures. Ultimately this show is unstructured and the material has the potential to be much funnier than Hing delivers it.