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SIOBHAN ARGENT | October 18, 2013 | ARTICLES | |

Review: In conversation with John Landis: Trading Places

Mustafa Nuristani writes … For this year’s Melbourne Festival, programmer Richard Moore compiled his favourite films by John Landis, famous for flicks such as the video clip for Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Coming to America, and The Blues Brothers. For this screening, Landis himself was at the theatre to introduce Trading Places. Addressing the audience, Landis [...]

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SIOBHAN ARGENT | October 14, 2013 | ARTICLES | |

On sex, gender and jokes, avoid Hollywood

Joel Checkley and Shannon Woodford are the comedy duo behind Twice Shy, a modern, comedic love story with a twist. In this article, Checkley and Woodford discuss how it is possible for a man and woman to be friends (and make each other laugh) while avoiding the romantic tropes of Tinseltown. For the most part, we would like to believe [...]

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SIOBHAN ARGENT | October 09, 2013 | ARTICLES | |

Love Factually | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Love Factually is a comedy show that takes easy aim at the fetid honeypot of gross sex stories that the animal world provides. If you’re after anything more daring, this is not your scene. Because that’s the problem, really. Love Factually is a show about weird sex. More specifically, it’s about weird animal sex (because weird [...]

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SIOBHAN ARGENT | October 08, 2013 | ARTICLES | |

Review: Come Heckle Christ | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Suzy Freeman writes … What would Jesus do? We asked, but sadly you’ll never know. At least, not until this show’s next run. Come Heckle Christ was a one-night-only show at this year’s Fringe, but given the enthusiasm of the crowd on the night, it seems unlikely to be the last we see of this [...]

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SIOBHAN ARGENT | October 07, 2013 | UNCATEGORIZED | 1 |

Countdown to a comedy catalyst

Wes Gardner is part of the team behind Slutmonster and Friends, a recent Melbourne International Comedy Festival success story. Here, he writes about being on the other side of the comedy curtain  and tells the story of the show’s development—from end to beginning. The end of the festival We are in a stuffy bar packed with comedians at [...]

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SIOBHAN ARGENT | October 06, 2013 | ARTICLES | |

Review: Edge! | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Suzy Freeman writes … This year’s Melbourne Fringe sees Rachel Davis and Isabel Angus of Grisabel Comedy return to the stage in their new show, Edge!. Their last offering, All of the Things, was well received at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival earlier this year, and was about, well, everything. About wanting all of the [...]

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SIOBHAN ARGENT | October 03, 2013 | ARTICLES | |

Review: Neil Sinclair’s “Charmingly Useless” | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Suzy Freeman writes … Neil Sinclair tells jokes. And he does it quite well. And he really does seem like a nice guy. If that isn’t reason enough to like him a very normal amount, then I don’t know what is. Neil’s 2013 Fringe show Charmingly Useless takes the audience through an unrelated array of [...]

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SIOBHAN ARGENT | October 02, 2013 | ARTICLES | |

Review: Nellie White is the Shitty Carer | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Patrick O’Duffy writes … ‘Anyone here a carer?’ asks comedian Nellie White as she kicks off her show. A few people nod or raise their hands, and she asks them whether they like it. It’s a low-key start to a show that, sadly, never manages to gain much more energy and falls short of the [...]

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SIOBHAN ARGENT | October 02, 2013 | ARTICLES | |

Review: Dropped | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Patrick O’Duffy writes … Within a cloud of chemical smoke, two women sit in a pile of shredded paper snow, staring into nothing. Suddenly they snap into rapid-fire conversation about washing-up incidents, then just as quickly fall silent again. A momentary spasm of racism, a quick discussion about Hollywood hotels; soon the silence falls away [...]

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SIOBHAN ARGENT | October 01, 2013 | ARTICLES | |

Review: Sabrina D’Angelo’s Why Do I Dream? | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Andrea Davison writes … Sabrina D’Angelo is odd. There are no two ways about it. Whether you think she is hilariously odd or just plain weird will come down to your appreciation for the absurd and your willingness to sit uncomfortably waiting for a punch line. In Why Do I Dream, D’Angelo quietly takes her [...]

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SIOBHAN ARGENT | October 01, 2013 | ARTICLES | |

Review: Lou Sanz Speaks Easy | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Patrick O’Duffy writes … Eighteen months ago, Lou Sanz was sitting pretty thanks to the success of her award-winning comedy show Neverending Storage. It should have been tours, yachts and rent boys from that point on. But the thing is, when you’re on top of the world you have further to fall, and instead of [...]

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SIOBHAN ARGENT | October 01, 2013 | UNCATEGORIZED | |

Review: Satan’s Finest | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Alana Mitchelson writes … Mitch Alexander and Jackson Voorhaar pitch themselves as die-hard metal heads, but I can’t say the material or quality of their performance had me entirely convinced. I walked into the show with the expectation they were to devote the next hour towards poking fun at the stereotypical modern metal head. And [...]

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SIOBHAN ARGENT | September 30, 2013 | UNCATEGORIZED | |

Review: Black Faggot | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Mustafa Nuristani writes … While saying ‘black faggot’ can be difficult for some to stomach, if you can get over it, you will enjoy the show. The theatre was filling up fast as the show debuted in Melbourne. It started with a cliché joke, which was very much intentional, as it broke the ice and got [...]

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SIOBHAN ARGENT | September 30, 2013 | ARTICLES | |

Review: Songs for Europe | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Nina D. Flanagan writes … I’m a fan of Eurovision. Every year I gather a group of friends, assemble European snacks, alcohol and scorecards: the strangest acts usually get the highest points from us. We vow to travel to the winning country and then forget the continent until Julia Zemiro ads herald the next advent of [...]

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SIOBHAN ARGENT | September 30, 2013 | ARTICLES | |

Review: The Last Temptation of Randy | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Patrick O’Duffy writes … On an old, beat-up couch in a share house, a skinny musician with a deep voice hangs out with a wrinkly-necked muppet who looks kind of like a dong. Felt-faced Randy has a story to tell to his housemate: a story of love against impossible odds, a story of two people [...]

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SIOBHAN ARGENT | September 30, 2013 | ARTICLES | |

Review: Raiders of the Temple of Doom’s Last Crusade | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Patrick O’Duffy writes … In 1936, two-fisted archaeologist Indiana Jones is recruited by the US Government to prevent the rising Nazi Party from getting their hands on the ancient Ark of the Covenant. Aided by his former lover Marion Ravenwood and hunted by mercenary scholar Belloq, Indy … What the hell am I doing? Quick [...]

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SIOBHAN ARGENT | September 29, 2013 | ARTICLES | |

Review: Andy and Darcy are: Home Alone | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Mustafa Nuristani writes … All excited and ready for the show, I arrived fifteen minutes early to be told ‘doors will open at seven’, as expected. Fifteen minutes later the doors still hadn’t opened. When it did start, the opening song (about a 40-something-year-old-man in love and wanting to prey on a 12-year-old) did not [...]

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SIOBHAN ARGENT | September 28, 2013 | ARTICLES | |

Review: Social Needia: The Epidemic | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Carmelene Greco writes … Jordana Borensztajn’s Social Needia is irrefutably honest, up-to-the minute comedy. The show is about Jordana’s struggle with social media addiction. The medical theme is scattered throughout the show and is, surprisingly, not overdone. Conditions such as Facebook Status Anxiety Disorder, Narcissistic Profile Disorder and Instagramia Nevy-Osa were all identified. Jordana’s struggle [...]

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SIOBHAN ARGENT | September 28, 2013 | ARTICLES | |

The art of stupidity

Sabrina D’Angelo is a performance artist and comedian who recently went to London to study the art of clowning. Here, she discusses what it really takes to ‘act stupid’. ‘You are so stupid.’ This is what comedy director Cal McCrystal, an award-winning clown and comedy director, said to me in rehearsals one day. I was [...]

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SIOBHAN ARGENT | September 27, 2013 | UNCATEGORIZED | |

Review: Rama Nicholas in Death Rides a Horse | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Patrick O’Duffy writes … In the Texas town of Coyote, a horse quietly grazes, whinnies and then sings a song—a song about a rootin’ tootin’ cowgirl, a flamboyant dancer and He Who Comes to All. And that’s just for starters. Actor and improviser Rama Nicholas steps away from the improv troupe to perform this one-woman [...]

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SIOBHAN ARGENT | September 25, 2013 | ARTICLES | |

Review: Braveface | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Mustafa Nuristani writes … Walking into the Locker Room in Portland Hotel can be a daunting experience. But once you have your ‘brave face’ on, the rest is smooth sailing. At a very young age performer Sophie Kneebone is fast mastering her talent. She creates an environment where character developments and vulnerabilities make the audience [...]

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SIOBHAN ARGENT | September 24, 2013 | ARTICLES | |

Review: Luke McGregor in My Soul Mate is Out of my League | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Nina Flanagan writes … I want to hug Luke McGregor. He’s that kid who comes out with completely logical but hilariously unexpected thought bubbles. That kid grew up to be socially awkward, but self-aware enough to tell a riveted audience all about his mishaps from school uniforms through to first jobs to trying to find [...]

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SIOBHAN ARGENT | September 22, 2013 | ARTICLES | |

Review: We’ll Always Have Paris | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Isabelle Lane writes … A return ticket to Paris could set you back over $2000, not to mention the risk of potentially irreversible trauma if you happen to be seated within proximity of a screaming baby for the 24-hour flight. On the other hand, Jacqueline Mifsud’s We’ll Always Have Paris will take you on a [...]

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SIOBHAN ARGENT | September 22, 2013 | ARTICLES | |

Review: Simon Keck’s Nob Happy Sock | Mebourne Fringe Festival

Georgie Moore writes … With enough chocolate poo jokes to inspire a health kick and a collection of ‘so wrong it’s funny’ quips to make you suspect he’s your father in disguise, Simon Keck’s Nob Happy Sock balances confronting, crude and uplifting elements in this tale of depression, suicide and fridge magnets. Mental health and [...]

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SIOBHAN ARGENT | September 22, 2013 | ARTICLES | |

Review: Dave Callan in A Little Less Conversation | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Nicole Humphreys writes … The main requirement for a comedy gig is that it should be funny.  And this one was. I was a little bit apprehensive as this was my first experience going to a comedy gig by myself—my boyfriend had issues with a dodgy curry.  Can you laugh out loud when you’re by [...]

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SIOBHAN ARGENT | September 22, 2013 | UNCATEGORIZED | |

Review: Wordgasm Smackdown | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Isabelle Lane writes … Wordgasm Smackdown styles itself as the ‘Fight Club for word nerds’. Alas, it appears Brad Pitt, who may have been able to provide some respite from the evening’s high jinks in the form of brooding eye candy, was unavailable on this occasion. In keeping with the boxing theme it employs, Wordgasm [...]

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SIOBHAN ARGENT | September 22, 2013 | UNCATEGORIZED | |

Review: Impromptunes | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Carmelene  Greco writes … The debut of the spontaneous and eccentric musical-theatre spectacular, Impromptunes, was a success. To start, the audience was asked to come up with the title of the show. On this night they settled on ‘The Beer Drinkers’. The result was unprecedented comical genius, and the creativity and skill with which the performers instantly [...]

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SIOBHAN ARGENT | September 22, 2013 | ARTICLES | |

Review: Girls Uninterrupted: FML | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Suzy Freeman writes … Louise Joy McCrae and Nicolette Minster have undoubtedly built up a bit of a profile on the comedy circuit over the past few years, and these girls definitely have some showbiz credibility, bouncing off each other on stage and handling technical hitches like pros. Both trained actors, the pair are adept [...]

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SIOBHAN ARGENT | September 21, 2013 | ARTICLES | 1 |

Review: Party Banana | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Amy Freund writes … I came into Party Banana with high hopes, expecting a hilarious show of perfectly placed comedic fails that would bring me back to a party I’d once loved. Instead, I was bombarded with a galley of false facades and cringe-worthy acting, leaving me extremely confused and a little disappointed. From what [...]

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SIOBHAN ARGENT | September 21, 2013 | ARTICLES | |

Review: Wolf Creek the Musical | Melbourne Fringe Festival 2013

Paul O’Halloran writes … What do you get when you cross Ivan Milat with Gilbert and Sullivan? Wolf Creek the Musical of course, the musical comedy running at The Melbourne Lithuanian Club during the 2013 Melbourne Fringe Festival. It’s a hysterically morbid, delightfully amateur and breath-taking spoof of the Greg McLean Australian horror film, Wolf Creek. Political correctness [...]

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SIOBHAN ARGENT | September 21, 2013 | UNCATEGORIZED | |

Review: Twice Shy | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Amy Freund writes … Get ready to laugh, cringe or even cry at as you follow two rather unfortunate souls who are unlucky in love, life, and, well, everything at the Fringe Festival’s Twice Shy. The story begins when booklover Rosemary and dinosaur-fanatic Jonathan’s lives literally collide. The precise encounter, at 6:31 pm, begins a [...]

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SIOBHAN ARGENT | September 21, 2013 | ARTICLES | 1 |

Dave O’Neil: Tractor Monkeys | ABC1

Amy Freund writes … Australia, strap yourself into your closest ride-on lawnmower. The new and improved second season of Tractor Monkeys is set to hit a television set near you. Coining its name from a seventies clip of a monkey riding a ride-on lawnmower, the quiz show combines the comedic genius of host Merrick Watts [...]

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SIOBHAN ARGENT | September 21, 2013 | ARTICLES | |

Review: Al’s Music Rant: Fear of a Blog Planet | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Alana Mitchelson writes … Justin Bieber may very well hold a record of over two billion views on YouTube, but is this an accurate reflection of his true popularity? According to Alister Newstead and Anna O’Bryan, this notion brings to light just one of the many questionable, underlying characteristics of the limiting, commercialised nature of [...]

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SIOBHAN ARGENT | September 20, 2013 | ARTICLES | |

Review: Sitcom Theme Song Singalong (and Trivia) | Melbourne Fringe Festival

If you appreciate a rockin’ seventies moustache, repeatedly singing Believe It or Not and hating on Jon Cryer, your tastes will be rewarded with lollies at Sitcom Theme Song Singalong (and Trivia). Yes folks, you can seriously make back your ticket money in chocolate here. Sitcom is a snappy, well-rehearsed show run by a retro-tastic, [...]

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SIOBHAN ARGENT | September 20, 2013 | ARTICLES | |

Review: People Crying ‘Adam Knox’ As They Leap From Planes | Melbourne Fringe Festival

The most important thing one can say about Adam Knox is that he does not come prepared. While his show People Crying ‘Adam Knox’ as They Leap from Planes does establish that Knox is has a good stage presence and comedic potential, he just about tosses it all away every time he turns to his [...]

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