April, 2013

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

, Apr 17, 2013

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

, Apr 17, 2013

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.
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Review: Sammy J in Potentially | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

, Apr 15, 2013

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

, Apr 15, 2013

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

, Apr 15, 2013

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

, Apr 15, 2013

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

, Apr 15, 2013

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 […]
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Review: Wil Anderson in Goodwil | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

, Apr 13, 2013

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

, Apr 12, 2013

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 […]
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Review: Never Say Always | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

, Apr 12, 2013

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.
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Review: Alice Fraser in Word Crime | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

, Apr 12, 2013

Patrick O’Duffy writes… Lemons. Robots. Voluptuous. Cage fighting. Obliquely. These and other words and phrases are pinned up around the stage, and over the course of her show Alice Fraser works all of them into her act – sometimes seamlessly, sometimes more obviously. Similarly, some of the complex, personal concepts in her act fit in […]
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Review: 1 Man Debate with Simon Taylor | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

, Apr 10, 2013

Is masculinity still relevant? That’s the burning question of Simon Taylor’s one man debate, a witty, cleverly crafted and stylishly delivered comedy show. Taylor presents a self exploration in a Janus-style fashion, with his opposite traits of manliness and femininity on display for the audience to laugh at and enjoy.
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Review: Pajama Men in Just the Two of Each of Us | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

, Apr 09, 2013

Nicole Humphreys writes… Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavez – The Pajama Men – are talented comedians.  They both impress the audience with their assorted repertoire of characters, facial gymnastics and vocal abilities.
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Review: Geraldine Quinn in Stranger | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

, Apr 09, 2013

Cathy Alexander writes… The poster was terrible, my vodka was in a plastic cup and there was almost no one in the audience. So it was just as well Geraldine Quinn was hilarious.
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Hannah Gadsby in Happiness is a Bedside Table | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

, Apr 09, 2013

It seems to be a common theme of this year’s festival – comedians talking about growing up, becoming an adult, getting their own place. Hannah Gadsby’s Happiness is a Bedside Table is in this vein – Gadsby delights in having a safe place for her all-important glasses, in being ‘captain of the fridge’, and in […]
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Review: Bart Freebairn in The Age of Wonder | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

, Apr 08, 2013

Nicole Humphreys writes… Bart is a quirky and entertaining performer – The Age of Wonder is thankfully not your run-of-the-mill comedy gig.  His age of wonder is childhood youth and his cleverly sculpted jokes let the audience reminisce and think about their versions of his anecdotes.
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Review: Slutmonster and Friends | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

, Apr 08, 2013

If you’ve ever wondered what it might feel like to be slapped in the face with a dildo, Slutmonster goes some of the way to making that a viable possibility. Thankfully in this instance, the dildo-slapping experience is happening to somebody else. Literally.
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Review: Simon Keck in Nob Happy Sock | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

, Apr 08, 2013

Patrick O’Duffy writes… ‘Nob Happy Sock’? What does that mean? Wait, check the poster. Apparently this is a show by Simon Keck about… how he tried to kill himself a few years ago? Does that sound like a good night out? Possibly not, but here’s the thing – yes, it’s a comedy show about attempted […]
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Review: Lawrence Leung’s Part Time Detective Agency | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

, Apr 07, 2013

Lawrence Leung has garnered a fair bit of street cred and a large devoted audience in past years, partly due to his solid shows at the comedy festival but also his two series on the ABC (of which more is needed please, Aunty). So it was with no surprise that Lawrence Leung’s Part-Time Detective Agency […]
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Review: Jeff Green in Leaping off the Bell Curve | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

, Apr 06, 2013

It’s admirable how comfortable Jeff Green is on the stage, as he bounds out from behind the curtain to a crowd that knows him well. A regular performer at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, his material is solid. Relationships, children, stories from his life, nothing too risky, everything rather safe, and so many laughs that […]