April, 2011

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Review: Fiona Scott-Norman in Disco: The Vinyl Solution

, Apr 15, 2011

It’s easy – and forever fashionable – to cast one’s gaze back through the haze of nostalgia and remember the world to be a better place way back when. To believe that the streets were safer, the air was a cleaner and 256 colours on a computer monitor was more than enough, thank you very […]

Podcast: A Talk with Lawrence Leung

, Apr 15, 2011

Lawrence Leung talks to Matt Smith about his love of jetpacks, time travel, his previous ABC television show Choose Your Own Adventure, and an upcoming ABC tv show that we all might find a bit Unbelievable (I cracked the code, Lawrence!) Podcast link: A Talk with Lawrence Leung Lawrence Leung Wants a Jetpack is on […]
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Review: Scott Abbott in Democracy: Not Angry, Just Disappointed

, Apr 15, 2011

Freelance writer Siobhan Argent writes… I’m convinced all comedians must be at least mildly insane. Their job involves an incredible amount of risk, a very thick skin and an inordinate amount of bravado to allow them to get up onstage, generally alone, and try to make a room full of strangers laugh. Throw in a […]
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Review: Catherine Deveny in God is Bullshit

, Apr 14, 2011

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Catherine Deveny’s show gives atheism a bad name. Atheists aren’t arrogant – they’re just smug, she claims. None more smug than her. Comedy has the power to unite people, to make them laugh at their commonalities and differences. That’s why I can’t even humour Deveny and say this was a ‘comedy festival’ show. It was […]
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Review: Cal Wilson in The Great Intender

, Apr 14, 2011

Freelance writer Vince Chadwick writes… Cal Wilson has been meaning to apply for Australian citizenship, but she tells us, she just hasn’t got around to it yet. Procrastination is the theme of Wilson’s show this year, though this lively New Zealander has still managed to put in appearances on Nova FM, SkitHOUSE, Rove Live, Thank […]
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Review: Andrew McClelland in Truth be Told

, Apr 13, 2011

Andrew McClelland has in the past acted as an educator during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, in shows such as Time Ninjas (with Lawrence Leung) and last year’s Somewhat Accurate History of the Fall of the Roman Empire. This year he’s taken a right turn, and come up with Truth be Told, a carefully crafted […]
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Podcast: A Talk with Charlie Pickering

, Apr 13, 2011

Charlie Pickering talks to Matt Smith about his show ‘Rodeo, Burqa, Circumcision’, about controversial jokes, what happened to the ‘rodeo’ part of it, and getting back to his comedy roots. Podcast link: A Talk with Charlie Pickering Charlie Pickering’s show ‘Rodeo, Burqa, Circumcision’ is on at the Trades Hall, 9:45pm until April 24th.
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Review: Simon Keck in Can’t Get No

, Apr 13, 2011

Freelance writer Siobhan Argent writes… Simon Keck’s Can’t Get No is everything Generation Y could wish for: an excuse not to get married, have kids, and sink into the everyday travails of the modern-day workaholic. Very few topics are sacred to Keck; I mention it because I’m sure by now his girlfriend must be fuming. […]
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Review: Mathew Kenneally and The Great Escape

, Apr 12, 2011

Freelance writer Siobhan Argent writes… Mat Kenneally is the kind of young gent who will make any young, nerdy, skinny white guy feel like much less of a nerdy, skinny white guy. He’s so much a product of modern times that the only thing he is missing are the hip-yet-dorky glasses. There’s various reasons for […]
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Review: Lawrence Mooney in An Indecisive Bag of Donuts

, Apr 12, 2011

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There is something quintessentially Australian about the performance style of Lawrence Mooney, but pinpointing precisely what is tricky. Like the qualities we equate with a true blue sense of humour, his brand of jocularity is riddled with contradictions: laidback and harsh, earnest and mean, loquacious and blunt, compassionate and misanthropic. A favourite on the festival […]

Podcast: A Talk with Rod Quantock

, Apr 11, 2011

Comedian Rod Quantock talks to Matt Smith about his show ‘The Insane Asylum’, and some of the historical highlights of the comedy festival (he’s doing a tour, if you want to catch it on Saturday). Also contains all the wonderful background noise you would expect from the Trades Hall (sorry about that, guys, no such […]
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Review: Dave Thornton in I Wanna be Bruce Lee

, Apr 11, 2011

In his early thirties, Thornton is wondering what he’s achieved in life.  He doesn’t own a house, no wife, no children, no job, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (“just the biggest comedy festival in the world, what evs”) playing to a room of seven people. And then there’s Bruce Lee, who by the same […]
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Review: Andrew O’Neill in Out of Step

, Apr 11, 2011

Freelance writer Vince Chadwick writes… No show has ever lacked artifice more than Andrew O’Neill’s Out of Step, a mixed-bag hour which reaches interesting heights to complement some desperate lows. O’Neill comes out swinging before an audience which represents one member for every month of the year (he counted us).  The sixty minutes initially threaten […]
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Review: Justin Hamilton Circular

, Apr 10, 2011

Justin Hamilton strides out on stage, amuses himself with his phone for a while, and then launches straight into a story. No niceties of ‘hey there, it’s great to see you all’, no banter with the audience. For him it’s all about a tightly scripted show, and some masterfully delivered stories. I’ll be honest and […]
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Review: Lawrence Leung Wants a Jetpack

, Apr 09, 2011

Freelance writer Meghan Lodwick writes… Re-living childhood memories lends good material to the comedian’s stage —  so much so Lawrence Leung has made a living out of it. In 2009, he recalled his younger years with the ABC show, Choose your own Adventure, at last year’s festival it was with his childhood friend and comedian […]
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Review: Adam Rozenbachs in Singledumber

, Apr 08, 2011

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

, Apr 08, 2011

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

, Apr 08, 2011

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

, Apr 07, 2011

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

, Apr 07, 2011

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 […]