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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

April 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.

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

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

April 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.

Review: Sammy J in Potentially | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Sammy J in Potentially | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

April 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.

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

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

April 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.

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

April 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

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

April 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.

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

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

April 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 […]

Review: Wil Anderson in Goodwil | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Wil Anderson in Goodwil | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

April 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.

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

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

April 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 […]

Review: Never Say Always | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Never Say Always | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

April 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.

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

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

April 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 […]

Review: 1 Man Debate with Simon Taylor | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: 1 Man Debate with Simon Taylor | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

April 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.

Review: Pajama Men in Just the Two of Each of Us | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Pajama Men in Just the Two of Each of Us | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

April 9, 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.

Review: Geraldine Quinn in Stranger | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Geraldine Quinn in Stranger | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

April 9, 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.

Hannah Gadsby in Happiness is a Bedside Table | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Hannah Gadsby in Happiness is a Bedside Table | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

April 9, 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 […]

Review: Bart Freebairn in The Age of Wonder | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Bart Freebairn in The Age of Wonder | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

April 8, 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.

Review: Slutmonster and Friends | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Slutmonster and Friends | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

April 8, 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.

Review: Simon Keck in Nob Happy Sock | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Simon Keck in Nob Happy Sock | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

April 8, 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 […]

Review: Lawrence Leung’s Part Time Detective Agency | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Lawrence Leung’s Part Time Detective Agency | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

April 7, 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 […]

Review: Jeff Green in Leaping off the Bell Curve | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Jeff Green in Leaping off the Bell Curve | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

April 6, 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 […]

Review: The Stevenson Experience: How I Met Your Brother | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: The Stevenson Experience: How I Met Your Brother | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

April 6, 2013

Patrick O’Duffy writes… Identical twins in similar shirts, Ben and James Stevenson could have taken the easy way out and done a show about being twins. Instead, they’ve put together a show about deciding whether to give up regular jobs to become comedians, complete with a tally board for noting the pros and cons of […]

Review: Poet Laureate Telia Nevile Live On Air | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Poet Laureate Telia Nevile Live On Air | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

April 6, 2013

Nina D Flanagan writes… Live on Air with Poet Laureate Telia Nevile was a gamble. For the first ten minutes of this show, I was resolving never to see comedy at the Northcote Town Hall, but then I understood what was going on. This is not standard comedy festival fare: if you go in looking […]

Review: Dave Bloustien’s Grand Guignol | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Dave Bloustien’s Grand Guignol | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

April 6, 2013

Patrick O’Duffy writes… The Grand Guignol was a 20th century Parisian theatre that became famous for its graphic horror shows. Dave Bloustien borrows the concepts and aesthetics of Grand Guignol to present a show that mixes comedy, puppetry, theatre and storytelling into a rich, fascinating whole.

Review: Ronny Chieng in Can You Do This? No You Can’t | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Ronny Chieng in Can You Do This? No You Can’t | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

April 5, 2013

Patrick O’Duffy writes… The first thing you see when entering the Council Chambers to see Ronny Chieng is the giant Audience Rating Machine on the stage – an array of tubes filled with various numbers of ping-pong balls, like a giant bar graph. It’s there, Ronny explains, to help judge how well the audience meets […]

Review: Karl Chandler has (literally) 1.5 million jokes | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Karl Chandler has (literally) 1.5 million jokes | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

April 5, 2013

STOP IT! STOP LAUGHING so I can tell you my next joke! How often do you hear that line from a comedian on stage? Probably not a lot, but the audience jammed into the Pizza Room at the Forum were having such a great time that Karl Chandler really did have to tell us to […]

Review: Claire Hooper in Plums | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Claire Hooper in Plums | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

April 4, 2013

Whether or not you were a Good News Week viewer, there’s a sense of familiarity about Claire Hooper. In Plums, she seems instantly at ease in the bright spotlight of the Cloak Room at Melbourne Town Hall.

Review: Arj Barker in Go Time | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Arj Barker in Go Time | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

April 4, 2013 2

Here’s a lesson to remember: never go and see a show thinking ‘I really wanted to see this guy in my university days’. You’ll regret it. Welcome to Arj Barker’s Go Time, the so-so comedy show that makes you feel like you’re watching a used-car salesman put sawdust in a gearbox. The aim, of course, […]

Review: Stephen K. Amos in The Spokesman | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Stephen K. Amos in The Spokesman | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

April 4, 2013

Nina D. Flanagan says… The Spokesman is not for the easily offended. Maybe we should just say it’s for the hard to offend. It’s part of Amos’s charm that he is so comfortable on stage that he can converse with the audience and improvise, but the charm tarnishes a little when most of that improvising […]

Review: Jason Geary & Jimmy James Eaton in Sketch-ual Healing | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Jason Geary & Jimmy James Eaton in Sketch-ual Healing | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

April 3, 2013

Patrick O’Duffy writes… A lone cowboy rides into an ambush after refusing to replace his horse with a Datsun. A book lover is trapped in a sepulchral library. A supervillain applies for a job in the fast food industry. And then lights flicker, music blares and the story changes again! All part and parcel of […]

Review: Late O’clock with Rob Hunter | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Late O’clock with Rob Hunter | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

April 3, 2013

Patrick O’Duffy writes… Rob Hunter brings his late-night talk show of hatred back to the Comedy Festival for a third year, hellbent on insulting some of Melbourne’s most loved comedians. But is it funny in its own right, or is this the kind of car-crash comedy where it’s uncomfortable but you just can’t look away?

Review: Paul Foot in Kenny Larch is Dead | Melbourne International Comdey Festival

Review: Paul Foot in Kenny Larch is Dead | Melbourne International Comdey Festival

April 2, 2013

For those who aren’t prepared for him, Paul Foot can take a bit of getting used to. He explodes on stage dressed in a silver jacket and tie, a combination padlock through his belt loop. His mannerisms are of someone you might find on the 86 tram to Bundoora late at night. The shock factor […]

Review: Mark Butler in Word Vampire | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Mark Butler in Word Vampire | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

April 2, 2013

Patrick O’Duffy writes… ‘This show’s mostly about words, not much about vampires, so if you’re keen on vampires you might be disappointed,’ warns Mark Butler at the start of his set. Unfortunately, the show turns out not to be that much about words either – or to be all that good.

Review: Xavier Michelides in Good Morning! | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Xavier Michelides in Good Morning! | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

April 2, 2013

Patrick O’Duffy writes… Xavier Michelides is not a morning person. His morning routine of coffee, TV and general grumbling has to be just right, or it puts him in a bad mood for the rest of the day – a mood in which he can’t help but think of all the things that might make […]

Review: Josh Thomas in Douchebag | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Josh Thomas in Douchebag | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

April 2, 2013

Nina D. Flanagan writes… In Douchebag, Josh Thomas discusses making children cry and international exploitation, and somehow still elicits laughs rather than disgust from the audience. It is a testament to his comedic talents that he can deliver his misdeeds into your lap, while having you chortle along with him.

Review: Greg Fleet in The Boy That Cried Sober | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Greg Fleet in The Boy That Cried Sober | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

April 2, 2013

Greg “Fleety” Fleet has remained an unlikely fixture of the Australian stand-up comedy scene for decades, a meandering raconteur whose anecdotes flow thick and fast and often involve unintended mayhem. Fleet’s experience working crowds and getting audiences on side despite risqué material – most notably a surfeit of jokes about being a former heroin junkie […]