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Review: In conversation with John Landis: Trading Places

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 […]

On sex, gender and jokes, avoid Hollywood

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 […]

Love Factually | Melbourne Fringe Festival

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 […]

Review: Come Heckle Christ | Melbourne Fringe Festival

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 […]

Review: Edge! | Melbourne Fringe Festival

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 […]

Review: Neil Sinclair's

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 […]

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

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 […]

Review: Dropped | Melbourne Fringe Festival

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 […]

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

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 […]

Review: Lou Sanz Speaks Easy | Melbourne Fringe Festival

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 […]