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Review: Laura Davis in Look Out, It's a Trap! | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Laura Davis in Look Out, It's a Trap! | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Patrick O’Duffy writes… Laura Davis is 25 years old but still feels like she’s pretending to be an adult, still working out how to assemble the jigsaw puzzle of life.

Review: Sabrina D'Angelo in Body Poet | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Sabrina D'Angelo in Body Poet | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

It’s safe to say there are few comedy shows in the festival that come close to Sabrina D’Angelo’s Body Poet. It’s a strange and somewhat uncomfortable mix of performance art and abstract comedy that has the potential to go somewhere but is stranded by a lack of structure or storyline.

Review: Sammy J in Potentially | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Sammy J in Potentially | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

It’s hard not to like Sammy J. He’s got a bird-like appeal that makes his every movement slightly comical on its own. And in a show without his trademark puppets, Potentially still shows Sammy J can hold his own.

Review: Kitty Flanagan in Hello Kitty Flanagan | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Kitty Flanagan in Hello Kitty Flanagan | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Comedians have a rare opportunity that they must use wisely – the chance to air their grievances about the world to a captive audience. Kitty Flanagan makes the most of this, and does so in fine style.

Review: Lisa-Skye in Songs My Parents Taught Me | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Lisa-Skye in Songs My Parents Taught Me | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Patrick O’Duffy writes… In 1970s Melbourne, Bunny met Mad-Dog in a pub and a whirlwind, drug-soaked romance was born. It was a time of cheap drugs and luxurious moustaches, of Southern Comfort and V8 Holdens, when people smuggled bread into Chinese restaurants and you could be blonde enough to never need to parallel park

Review: Geraldine Hickey in Love or a Slab of Fudge | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Geraldine Hickey in Love or a Slab of Fudge | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

In the rather small Ladies’ Lounge at the Forum Theatre, Geraldine Hickey is definitely in-your-face. Hickey’s Love or a Slab of Fudge is a personal narrative told for comic effect, and it is funny, if you don’t mind some rather crude humour, too-much-information on occasion, and plenty of swearing.

Review: Zoe Coombs Marr in Dave | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Zoe Coombs Marr in Dave | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Patrick O’Duffy writes… This is Dave’s first Comedy Festival show, after doing 6-minutes spot in group gigs like the Comedy Hole and the Giggle Gulag. He’s got some great material about sex, footy, women and how Sydney and Melbourne are different, and he’s ready to repeat them over and over again until he gets a […]

Review: Wil Anderson in Goodwil | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Wil Anderson in Goodwil | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

There’s no doubt that a night out at a Wil Anderson show will guarantee you a solid laugh. An old hand at radio and a familiar face on our screens, he’s dominated every medium but it’s when he struts his stuff on stage that he’s at his best.

Review: Michael Hing in Occupy White People | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Michael Hing in Occupy White People | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Nina D. Flanagan writes… The crux of this show was the pitfalls of racial stereotyping. Hing discusses career success based purely on positive racism, beginning with a boss who knew he would be hard working because of his ethnicity, despite numerous obvious and irresponsible exploits. Relationship failure due to his girlfriend’s misguided attempt at avoiding […]

Review: Never Say Always | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Never Say Always | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Mark Pearce writes… It’s a mystery to me why gay marriage has become such a vexed political issue in Australia. If anything gay marriage, when it comes, will underscore the ‘normalization’ of homosexuality and probably knock off some of its radical activist edge.