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Review: Adam Rozenbachs in Singledumber

Two years ago, Adam Rozenbachs impressed the Melbourne International Comedy Festival with his show, Singledumb. This year, he’s updated the show and bought it back, to share with the audiences his failed attempts at dating over the past few years. Rozenbachs is a down-to-earth kind of guy with a quick and accessible style. There’s some [...]

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Review: Doc Brown in Unfamous

No comedy festival lineup is complete without a healthy whack of wise crackin’ Pommy humour, and Doc Brown presents a familiar but endearing shtick: the smooth fast talking “av a laf” middle class Brit. His show Unfamous has a catch: it is in part a hip-hop performance and has been marketed as such. At this [...]

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Podcast: A Talk with Toby Halligan

Toby Halligan talks to Matt Smith about his Melbourne International Comedy Festival Show ‘Electile Dysfunction’, his thoughts on politics, and how his own life is just as dysfunctional as the government. Podcast link: A Talk with Toby Halligan Toby Halligan in ‘Electile Dysfunction’, The Fad Gallery, 8:30pm, Tues – Sat, April 12th – 23rd. And [...]

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Review: Rod Quantock in The Insane Asylum

Sixty people (and a dog) crowded into a small room in the Trades Hall to listen to the wise words of the man who some consider to be the fairy godmother of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Others probably consider him to be Death himself, complete with scythe. Rod Quantock tells the audience what is [...]

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Review: Brighter Whiter and The Gift

Freelance writer Vince Chadwick writes… These two plays seek to answer the fundamental question longingly posed by a mailroom worker to his colleague in Brighter Whiter, ‘why aren’t we where we should be?’ From such a grim premise however, writer Anthony Noack manages to wring some great lines as a talented cast of dreamers poke [...]

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Podcast: A Talk with Jason Chong

Jason Chong talks to Matt Smith about his new comedy show Reel Life, being in Il Dago, and his love of television. Podcast link: A Talk with Jason Chong Jason Chong in Reel Life is on at the Melbourne Town Hall at 6pm, until 24th April.

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Review: Stephen K. Amos in The Best Medicine

Stephen K. Amos has managed to find the funny side of any situation, and is eager to tell how it works. A regular of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Amos’ show this year comes with the message that laughter is the best medicine to any situation. The English comedian of Nigerian heritage strides out onto [...]

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Review: Drags Aloud at the Movies

For your chance to win one of two double passes to see ‘Drags Aloud’ on April 14, ‘like’ Laugh Track on Facebook. Freelance writer Warrick Glynn writes… When the four drag queens of Drags Aloud came on stage with their trowelled-on Max Factor and their plus-sized shoes (and matching plus-sized hands) I thought, here we [...]

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Review: Jason Chong in Reel Life

If I could use one word to describe Jason Chong’s new show, it would be ‘clever’. If I could use another (depending on how you consider a hyphen) it would be arse-cheeks. Somewhere in between these two lies Chong. No, wait… ‘Reel Life’, to be fair, begins with some shaky stand-up material. Chong seemed a [...]

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Podcast: A Talk with Mathew Kenneally

Comedian Mat Kenneally talks to Matt Smith about his comedy festival show ‘The Great Escape’, which tells the harrowing tale of being locked in a detention centre (the guards forgot about him) and how he managed to escape (he attracted the attention of the cleaners). Podcast link: A Talk with Mathew Kenneally Tell me about [...]

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Review: Arj Barker in Eleven

Arj Barker comes to the stage with a fair amount of street cred. He’s ridden the coattails of the Flight of the Conchords, he’s considered one of the top acts of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for years, and if that doesn’t convince you he’s a good comedian, then maybe the ticket price will. Playing [...]

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Review: Trav Nash in Good Grief

If every stand-up routine were as wildly verbose as the brick-of-anecdotes-to-your-face style of Melbourne comedian Trav Nash, one gets the sense the craft would either sky rocket to new heights of popularity or collapse like a sick dog in a gutter, saved for brave souls with insatiable appetites for loud and offbeat storytelling. In his [...]

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Review: Dead Cat Bounce in Caged Heat

Irish novelty musical comedy act (sorry guys, it’s fitting…) Dead Cat Bounce return to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival after sell out shows last year, and it’s clear that during their absence they’ve developed quite a following. They’ve kept some of the best elements of their last tour, including the leather print pants. Some of [...]

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Review: Jeff Green in Hear Me Out

British comedian Jeff Green is a whingin’ pom who has decided, for his new show, that he’s going to make Melbournians pay for the privilege of being told exactly what he thinks of Australia. Since he’s right for the most part, I think we should probably let him. He’s right about so many things that [...]

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Review: Jason Byrne in Cirque du Byrne

Make sure you book early for this one, Jason Byrne will be playing to packed theatres every time. The man’s hilarious. The second the energetic Irish comedian bounces out from behind the curtain, he dives into the audience and starts pulling people onto the stage. Before you know it, he’s managed to get the packed [...]

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Review: George McEncroe in The Care Factor

So… That was unexpected. George McEncroe is a deceiving lady when she steps on stage. Her appearance, appropriately, is that of a mother of four who’s had command of a household for years. She quickly shows she’s more than that. That’s part of what makes her show disarming, she doesn’t stick to that persona at [...]

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Podcast: A Talk with Adam Rozenbachs

Matt Smith and special guest co-host, Cal Wilson, speak to comedian Adam Rozenbachs about his continuing adventures of single life in his new show, Singledumber. There’s also some handy tips from Cal, explaining where Adam might be going wrong. Podcast link: A Talk with Adam Rozenbachs What’s happened? Why are you still single? For the [...]

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Podcast: A Talk with Fiona Scott-Norman

Matt Smith talks to Fiona Scott-Norman, who tries to convince him there’s still a reason to get down and boogie, when it’s quite clear that he’s committing something closer to murder on the dancefloor. Podcast link: A Talk with Fiona Scott-Norman How is disco music going to save the world? I’ve taken street street violence, [...]

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Podcast: A Talk with Cal Wilson

In the first Laugh Track podcast, Matt Smith talks to Cal Wilson about her upcoming show for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, ‘The Great Intender’. Podcast link: A Talk with Cal Wilson Your show this year is called ‘The Great Intender’. Tell me a bit about it. The weird thing with doing a show about [...]

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The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is upon us…

The city of Melbourne will soon light up with laughs, as it does every year. The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is a highlight of the calendar year for Victoria, and the city is crawling with comedy fans and comedians alike. With hundreds of official shows and a variety of unofficial offerings, there’s something to cater [...]

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