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

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

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

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

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

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 […]

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Review: Josh Thomas in Douchebag | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Josh Thomas in Douchebag | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

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

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 […]

Review: Dan Ilic and Emily Rose Brennan in Sidekicks | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Dan Ilic and Emily Rose Brennan in Sidekicks | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

With little cover for sluggish scripts and less for patchy performances, a two person play can go off the rails very quickly. Director Louise Alston’s Sidekicks, starring Dan Ilic and Emily Rose Brennan, has no costumes (with the exception of a tie and a wig) and sets — at least decorated ones — that exist […]

Review: Jennifer Wong is Spineless | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Jennifer Wong is Spineless | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Everyone who went to see Jennifer Wong in Spineless last night probably realises it wasn’t her best night. The hesitant, nervous delivery of jokes worked for a while, but wore thin. She quickly abandoned the theme of trying to get a book published, let alone write one, within five minutes. Taking us through the intricacies […]

Review: Dave Callan in The Psychology of Laughter  | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Dave Callan in The Psychology of Laughter | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Nina D. Flanagan writes… Part university lecture, part stand-up comedy, part sexy music video, The Psychology of Laughter was unlike anything I had ever seen before. It was consistently interesting with patches of riotous hilarity. There was a sign displayed outside the room warning of coarse language and adult themes, and Callan looks a bit […]

Review: Andrew McClelland’s Hang the DJ (feat. DJ Kieran O’Sullivan) | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Andrew McClelland’s Hang the DJ (feat. DJ Kieran O’Sullivan) | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Patrick O’Duffy writes… The DJ Illuminati are here in the form of Andrew McClelland (a comedian who DJs) and Kieran O’Sullivan (a DJ who comedies). Both run clubs, both love pop music and both are here at MICF to teach you – yes, you – about the art of the decks and mixer.

Review: Watson: Once Were Planets | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Watson: Once Were Planets | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Patrick O’Duffy writes… Previously on Space Force, Commander Bec Rogers was deep in battle with the terrible Space Brain! Although armed with a blaster pistol and zero-gravity kung fu skills, the monster’s telekinetic powers were too much for her, until –

Review: David O’Doherty in Seize the David O’Doherty (Carpe DO’Diem) | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: David O’Doherty in Seize the David O’Doherty (Carpe DO’Diem) | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

There’s something incredibly likeable about David O’Doherty, that I’m sure everyone that goes to see him comes away wishing he was their friend. Before he even opens his mouth you feel an affinity with him, and over the hour of the show you’re exposed to an hour of hilarious but gentle comedy.

Review: Dixie Longate in My Bags Went Where? | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Dixie Longate in My Bags Went Where? | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Dixie Longate is back for this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival, but with her luggage gone on to Victoria’s deep south without her there ain’t quite enough Tupperware for a party. So instead of the full-blown Tupperware show complete with catalogues that audiences experienced last year, she’s here to tell us stories of her travels […]

Review: DeAnne Smith in Let’s Do This | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: DeAnne Smith in Let’s Do This | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Patrick O’Duffy writes… Whoo! Yeah! Get up! Sit down! High-five your neighbour! Make sound effects! DeAnne Smith pushes the audience participation button to kick off her show with high energy, and though she warns that she’s bound to crash at some point, she never does.

Review: Cal Wilson is Guilty | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Cal Wilson is Guilty | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Nina D. Flanagan writes… If you have never seen a Cal Wilson show before, you need to go see what you are missing. Cal Wilson is Guilty had a few tiny hiccups, but still deserves to be on the shortlist of shows to see this year.

Review: This is Siberian Husky in The Misery Factory | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: This is Siberian Husky in The Misery Factory | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Matt Smith writes… Tucked away in a room/cupboard in The Forum, the duo that call themselves This Is Siberian Husky fire up their misery factory and quickly grab the audiences’ attention. The small and finite confines are soon forgotten, as the energetic performance of the duo pulls everyone in.

Review: Jimeoin in WHAT?! | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Jimeoin in WHAT?! | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Luke Buckmaster writes… Having swanned between comedy stages for over two decades, pulling faces and rattling off puns with that distinctive Irish twang, Jimeoin is the sort of comedian relegated to a distant memory: an old TV show, a radio spot, a movie, a poster with his beaming face on it.

Review: Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall in Trying Hard | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall in Trying Hard | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Nina D. Flanagan writes… Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall’s show Trying Hard is exactly what it says on the apologetic label: one guy up on stage, obviously giving it his best shot but falling a little short. Clearly an amateur show, but with good potential, it lacked some polish.

Review: Abigoliah Schamaun – Girl Going to Hell | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Abigoliah Schamaun – Girl Going to Hell | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Patrick O’Duffy writes… ‘I’m sorry we’re starting 40 minutes late’, says big-booted and tattooed Abigoliah Schamaun at the start of her show. ‘There was a clown in here before me. I yelled at him and made him cry. I made a clown cry.’ I like her already.

Podcast: A Talk with Adam Zwar

Podcast: A Talk with Adam Zwar

Download podcast interview link: A Talk with Adam Zwar       Writer/actor/comedian Adam Zwar is currently hard at work editing The Agony of Life – it’s a new eight part series for the ABC, and a follow-up to last year’s Agony Uncles and Agony Aunts. While the first two series looked at love, this […]

First impressions of A Moody Christmas

First impressions of A Moody Christmas

For anyone who’s ever trudged back home despite your greatest reservations to spend quality time with a dysfunctional family at Christmas, this ABC comedy goes out to you… A Moody Christmas, the new comedy brain child of Phil Lloyd and Trent O’Donnell, tells the story of the Moody family – each installment dealing with the […]

Review: Damian Callinan – The Merger | Melbourne Fringe Festival 2012

Review: Damian Callinan – The Merger | Melbourne Fringe Festival 2012

Damian Callinan proves in this show that he’s capable of baring more skin, bum included, than we see at the average Brownlow awards ceremony. His well-meaning but somewhat bland The Merger pokes fun at good old ‘Straya in a familiar, non-aggressive way.

Review: First Dog on the Moon – How to Draw Cartoobs and Other Typos | Melbourne Fringe Festival 2012

Review: First Dog on the Moon – How to Draw Cartoobs and Other Typos | Melbourne Fringe Festival 2012

First Dog will always hold a special place in my heart, most noticeably because my heart is full of other cartoon animals who appreciate interpretive dance. He’s in good company. Still, my appreciation of his show has a lot to do with the fact that First Dog employs Smart Humour for Intelligent People, and these people have […]

The Unbelievable Truth quite believable

The Unbelievable Truth quite believable

Last night saw the premiere of The Unbelievable Truth on Channel Seven, an attempt to strike it rich in the panel show goldmine. It’s come to the screen under the guidance of three of The Chasers, sufficiently neutered for commercial television. Craig Reucassel makes a likeable, efficient host, with Julian Morrow and Andrew Hansen as guests on […]

Review: Em O’Loughlin presents ‘The Ladies Lounge’ | Melbourne Fringe Festival 2012

Review: Em O’Loughlin presents ‘The Ladies Lounge’ | Melbourne Fringe Festival 2012

Em O’Loughlin is undoubtedly a talented entertainer – she is very likeable and her repertoire of facial expressions and accents could alone warrant their own show.

Review: The Trial and Death of Socrates (No Relation) | Melbourne Fringe Festival 2012

Review: The Trial and Death of Socrates (No Relation) | Melbourne Fringe Festival 2012

There are some comedy shows that aim to dazzle an audience with wit and brilliance. Then there are others that slap you in the face with the same resounding smack a wet turkey might make when it’s swung against your tender, well-defined cheekbone—it injures your dignity, but you laugh hard anyway. The Life and Death […]

Trailer for ‘A Moody Christmas’ on ABC1

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngSAnwEA_AQ[/youtube] A trailer has been released for A Moody Christmas, which will begin airing on October 31st, at 8:30pm on ABC1. Just in time for Christmas. The six episode comedy will debut in the Wednesday comedy slot (taking over from Gruen Planet) and features a line-up of actors who, for the most part, aren’t known […]

Review: Aunty Donna and the Fax Machine Shop | Melbourne Fringe Festival 2012

Review: Aunty Donna and the Fax Machine Shop | Melbourne Fringe Festival 2012

Aunty Donna’s boys are a hard working bunch and their murder mystery comedy sketch is full of energy and enthusiasm.  It’s also full of dick jokes.

Review: Xavier Toby in White Trash | Melbourne Fringe Festival 2012

Review: Xavier Toby in White Trash | Melbourne Fringe Festival 2012

There are a few comedians who believe that the way to get noticed in the business is to take the heaviest subject they can think of and try to mine a full length show out of it. It’s a hard task, and rarely achieved – possibly best left in the hands of old pros like […]

Review: How to Get Rich | Melbourne Fringe Festival 2012

Review: How to Get Rich | Melbourne Fringe Festival 2012

This strong, intelligent one-woman show is like a warm hug from a friendly acquaintance. It’s a little unexpected at first, but something to which you’ll eventually succumb with an easy acquiescence. How to Get Rich carefully balances on the see-saw of a strange dichotomy; it’s inventive but still manages to sit firmly within the safety […]

Sam Simmons brings sketch back to ABC1

Sam Simmons brings sketch back to ABC1

Production kicks off today on a four episode sketch comedy show from popular comedian Sam Simmons. Titled Problems, the show will run on the theme of solving a problem over the course of an episode. It’s slated to air later in 2012.

Nerdgasm | Melbourne Fringe Festival 2012

Nerdgasm | Melbourne Fringe Festival 2012

Nerdgasm is a show defined by conceit. So bloated by the conviction of its own merit that it threatens to disappear up its own backside, this ‘comedy show’ offers very little in the way of character development, storyline, pacing or even comedy. There are various reasons why Nerdgasm is dull. But it may be largely […]

Podcast: A Talk with Shaun Micallef

Podcast: A Talk with Shaun Micallef

Download podcast interview link: A Talk with Shaun Micallef It’s hard not to like the softly spoken giant of Australian comedy that is Shaun Micallef. He’s had a consistent presence on television screens since the early 90s in Full Frontal, followed over the years by a string of programs including The Micallef P(r)ogram(me), Micallef Tonight, […]

Review: Ross Noble in Nonsensory Overload | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Ross Noble in Nonsensory Overload | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Filling a 50 minute stand-up show is no easy task. Filling two hours — even with a 20 minute break in the middle — requires absolutely confidence. First-class British import Ross Noble is choc full of that. At St Kilda’s gorgeous Palais Theatre Noble schooled his audience with a veritable masterclass of comedy, his trademark […]

Review: Meg Pee in Close to You | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Meg Pee in Close to You | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

One of the great things about the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is its capacity to act as a circuit breaker for new and undiscovered talent. Anybody can brace the stage and attempt to win over audiences: cough up some dosh, fill out a registration form, book a room and you’re on the program. There are, […]