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Review: Little Dum Dum Club | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Little Dum Dum Club | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

If you like the idea of watching radio, then Little Dum Dum Club is clearly the event to get yourself a ticket to, quick smart. Normally a regular podcast, hosts Karl Chandler and Tommy Dassalo are clearly here to have fun, having brought their show to the stage for the first time. The basic theme […]

Review: Tina C in Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Tina C in Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

If you’re really after a famous celebrity to tell you how you can better yourself, Tina is your gal. This ‘nine-time Grammy-award winning’ country music singer is here to discuss (in her painful southern twang) what she calls our ‘Abor-jye-nal’ issue. For her show Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word, she’s come equipped with […]

Review: Patrick McCullagh in An Irishman’s Guide to Internet Dating | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Patrick McCullagh in An Irishman’s Guide to Internet Dating | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Patrick McCullagh’s An Irishman’s Guide to Internet Dating is a show with a mixed message – no guide to speak of, but there’s an Irishman, and his dating exploits are onstage for all to see. He’s armed with a dodgy powerpoint presentation, and he’s cribbed some of the questionable content he could find on internet […]

Review: Asher Treleaven in Troubadour | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Asher Treleaven in Troubadour | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

In the show Troubadour, Asher Treleaven attempts to go against human nature and narrate his autobiography by using Edward de Bono’s book—Six Thinking Hats—to reflect on things with a different mode of thought than his self-proclaimed negative inclination. And just like the paragraph above, too long with a half-hearted explanation on a complex subject, it […]

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Review: David O’Doherty is Looking Up | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: David O’Doherty is Looking Up | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

David O’Doherty is a man who only knows three jokes – or so he says – quite the claim to fame for Ireland’s 2010 Comedian of the Year. By the time the hour-long show ended, however, I certainly had to question his definition of a joke – O’Doherty is a man with wit and stage […]

Review: Dave Thornton in The Some of All the Parts | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Dave Thornton in The Some of All the Parts | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

It’s easy to see why Dave Thornton has become a familiar face on Channel 10’s The Project – he’s the kind of flannelette-wearing, well-coiffed, skinny-leg-jeans wearing fresh ‘personality’ who bounces up on screen and gets things moving. He is the archetypal early-30s Australian man, evidenced by his comedy show The Some of All the Parts, […]

Review: Andrew McClelland in One Man Stand | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Andrew McClelland in One Man Stand | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Hinged on one titanic tour de force performance from the mercurial Andrew McClelland, One Man Stand presents eight strikingly different stand-up acts from various spots on the globe, with guests including a bogan Australian, an experimental Russian and a brash overweight American. The twist is, they’re all performed by McClelland. It’s a performance that will slap […]

Review: Greg Fleet in Heroes | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

It was a reflective Greg Fleet who took to the stage, looking by all accounts to hold the weight and weariness that comes with his years of stand-up combined with hard living. The theme for his show this year was one of Heroes – strangely forgoing a superhero costume, or even a Superman t-shirt, Fleet […]

Review: Dixie’s Tupperware Party | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Dixie’s Tupperware Party | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Dixie’s Tupperware Party has come all the way from Alabama to Spiegeltent for this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival, complete with a range of Tupperware on stage, real Tupperware catalogues, and of course Dixie Longate herself all done up in gingham with red ringlets and a proper Southern drawl. Tupperware, you say? That remnant of […]

Review: Tom Ballard in Doing Stuff | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Tom Ballard in Doing Stuff | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Tom Ballard is one half of the bodiless duo of voices responsible for Tom and Alex’s radio breakfast show on Triple J. So it was a pleasure, at last, to connect the voice to a real-life body as Ballard touted his comedy festival show, Doing Stuff. When comparing his stand-up to his radio work, it […]

Ticket giveaway: Tim Fitzhigham, Wednesday 11th April

Ticket giveaway: Tim Fitzhigham, Wednesday 11th April

Crikey’s Laugh Track has two tickets to giveaway to see Tim Fitzhigham’s 2012 Melbourne International Comedy Show Gambler, for Wednesday April 11th. Tim Fitzhigham is a comedian from the UK, and his show about gambling bets in history sounds pretty darn good. At one point he rowed across the English channel in a bathtub and […]

Review: Celia Pacquola in Delayed | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Celia Pacquola in Delayed | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

There’s something sexy in a delightfully dorky way about Celia Pacquola, as she opens her new show Delayed by demonstrating some truly awful dance moves – air humping with your thumbs stuck out is never going to be a good look – this is a new Celia, eager to show Melbourne how much (or indeed […]

Review: Alex Horne in Seven Years in the Bathroom | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Alex Horne in Seven Years in the Bathroom | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

How long do we spend doing what? That’s the savvy premise for this rambling, very funny and sometimes disturbing journey through life from the thinking man’s comic, Alex Horne. Sure, we spend a lot of time sleeping and eating, but what about cleaning, googling and sex? And so the audience starts to ponder. The idea […]

Review: Peter Helliar in Snazzy | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

If you thought Rove alumni Peter Helliar was a homogenised play-it-safe comedian suitable only for the teev and not the edgier, more intimate surrounds of the stage, Helliar’s new show will topple your expectations and make you giddily guffaw along the way. He does irreverent very well — a shock to the senses, perhaps, to any […]

Review: Matt Grantham in How Many Politicians Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb? | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Matt Grantham in How Many Politicians Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb? | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Matt Grantham is what I’d call staple fare of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for anyone on a tight budget – a stand-up performer, dressed as casually as possible, eliciting plenty of laughs in a tucked-away Melbourne venue, where the chairs are crammed in tightly and there’s not a prop in sight. Grantham hails from […]

Review: Glenn Wool in No Lands Man | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Glenn Wool in No Lands Man | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Here’s a good place to be: in the front row of a sweating crowd with comedian Glenn Wool screaming at the audience. It will be bloody hot in that room, but the jokes are set up and knocked over with such startling precision that you’ll happily sit out the heatwave. Wool’s schtick is a little […]

‘There is no earthly way of knowing’ — the trailer for Trav Nash’s Mind Boat | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Last year two of my favourite Melbourne International Comedy Festival Shows were Trav Nash’s balls-to-the-wall Good Grief and Lawrence Mooney’s pitch-perfect An Indecisive Bag of Donuts, which snagged Crikey’s Best of the Fest award. One can understand, therefore, how my interest was immediately piqued when these these two neo-thespian high-powered monster storytellers of the Melbourne comedy […]

Review: Ronny Chieng in The Ron Way | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Some comedians work rooms for decades, put on shows year after year and don’t get a quarter of the laughs extracted by Malaysian-Chinese comic Ronny Chieng in his debut solo. At 26, and stuffed to the gills with attitude, Chieng is one of the local scene’s best and boldest up-and-comers. The Melbourne-based stand-up started comedy […]

Make ’em Laugh

Make ’em Laugh

Welcome to the first of my blog posts across the 2012 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. I’ve called this ‘blogonoscopy’ as I tend to over analyse and most bloggers seem to have their head up their own arse – myself included. When you tell people you’re a comedian you get one of two responses. Firstly, they […]

Review: Matt Okine in Being Black & Chicken & S#%t | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

It’s an interaction everybody in the comedy scene knows well. Comedian is interrupted by heckler. Comedian bites back with a slashing put down. Comedian re-establishes him/herself as the rightful custodian of the laugh-scape. There are some comics, however, who give the impression they’d do virtually anything to avoid confrontation. Sydney fly-in Matt Okine — whose […]

Review: Jimeoin in Lovely | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Jimeoin in Lovely | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

‘You won’t find everything that I say funny,’ said Jimeoin in a strangely prophetic way. ‘You won’t even pay attention all the time. You’ll fade in and out, but thats okay.’ Whether he was speaking from experience of not, Jimeoin was strangely on the money. For the next hour,  Australia’s token Irish comedian proceeded to […]

Review: Anne Edmonds in My Banjo’s Name is Steven | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Anne Edmonds in My Banjo’s Name is Steven | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

While Anne Edmonds’ show My Banjo’s Name is Steven does indeed include the titular banjo, this is really a show about how we should all feel better about the fact we’re not Anne. If anything, the special blend of Edmonds’ comedy has a strong focus on proving to the audience just how much you should […]

Review: Bob Franklin and Steven Gates in Stubborn Monkey Disorder | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Bob Franklin and Steven Gates in Stubborn Monkey Disorder | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

The show starts in pitch black as Steven Gates enters the room, lost and crying for help. Alone in a park at midnight sound effects crackle through the speakers. He finds Bob Franklin on stage, who appears to be sitting on a fake leather office chair pilfered from Ikea. Wearing a white doctor’s jacket, Franklin […]

Review: Justin Hamilton in The Goodbye Guy | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Justin Hamilton in The Goodbye Guy | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

When ambitious stand-up comedians reach a certain creative threshold, hit a certain high water mark, doing an hour of randomly cobbled together jokes often isn’t enough. They might look for an umbrella theme to hover over their routine, a narrative glue to stick the bits and bobs together — something to elevate the material from […]

Podcast: A Talk with Ross Noble

Podcast: A Talk with Ross Noble

In this podcast, Ross Noble talks to Matt Smith about an embarrassing happening during the Adelaide Fringe, how to be a modern day ‘rock star’, and he accepts all ideas pitched to him for future shows – so watch this space. I apologise for the audio quality in this podcast – completely my fault – […]

Ticket giveaway: Greg Behrendt, Wednesday 4th April

Ticket giveaway: Greg Behrendt, Wednesday 4th April

Want two free tickets to see comedian Greg Behrendt onstage in his solo debut show Clown From the Neck Down? Then you’re reading the right blog post! Crikey’s Laugh Track has two such tickets for Greg’s show on April 4th. Simply go and ‘like’ Laugh Track on Facebook, and email your name and a contact […]

Ticket giveaway: Toby Halligan, Friday 30th March

If you’re up for seeing a decent local comedian, Crikey has two free tickets for Toby Halligan’s 2012 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Show ‘Dr Toby Halligan is not a Doctor‘ on Friday 30th March. Toby Halligan was nominated for best newcomer at last year’s comedy festival, and this year’s show received a pretty decent review […]

Ticket giveaway: Mike Wilmot, Tuesday 29th March

Ticket giveaway: Mike Wilmot, Tuesday 29th March

If you’re interested in two free tickets to see Barry Award winning Canadian comedian Mike Wilmot on 29th of March at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, then you’ve come to the right blog! Crikey’s Laugh Track has two such tickets for a lucky punter. Simply go and ‘like’ Laugh Track on Facebook, and email your […]

Podcast: A Talk with John Richards

Podcast: A Talk with John Richards

John Richards talks to Matt Smith about his upcoming show Outland, a new comedy show coming to the ABC about a gay science fiction club. In this podcast, John enlightens us with the show’s six year development, and explains who has the bigger closet to come out of. Podcast: A Talk with John Richards. Outland […]

ABC announces 2012 comedy line-up

It was with some anticipation that I awaited the ABC’s announcement of their 2012 line-up. While my brother-from-another-mother Dan Barrett of White Noise has an excellent view of some of the highlights, I thought it might benefit the comedy lovers out there amongst us to have a bit of a look at there year that […]

Review: QI Live with Stephen Fry | Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane

Review: QI Live with Stephen Fry | Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane

Funny, educational, and always what it says on the packaging – quite interesting – QI Live brings the BBC comedy show to the stages of Australia, hosted by the international treasure Stephen Fry. For those familiar with the televised counterpart there is little variation. Now infused with a cast of Australian panelists and partnered as […]

First impressions of The Hamster Wheel

First impressions of The Hamster Wheel

It’s pretty obvious that the media is always in danger of disappearing up it’s own arse in self analysis. Well now, the hamster’s beaten them to it. Last night brought the first episode of The Hamster Wheel to ABC1, a new show from The Chasers, who have narrowed their field of vision from a war […]

Review:  Felicity Ward’s (week long, ill-timed) Christmas Special! | Melbourne Fringe

Review: Felicity Ward’s (week long, ill-timed) Christmas Special! | Melbourne Fringe

Vince Chadwick writes… Manic, hilarious, inspired, fearless, genuine Felicity Ward holds the wherewithal to pull off this most unlikely premise. The comedian always loved Christmas specials on T.V. and wondered why they couldn’t be on all the time. So she commandeered her own fiefdom at the North Melbourne Town Hall and set about recreating Christmas […]

Review: This is Siberian Husky in Quadrophonic Kaleidoscope | Melbourne Fringe

Review: This is Siberian Husky in Quadrophonic Kaleidoscope | Melbourne Fringe

Freelance writer Meghan Lodwick writes… Two lone chairs sat on a blank stage which I later discovered was the appropriate backdrop for talent so ripe minimalism was key to let the two actors shine. This Is Siberian Husky debuted at the 2011 Melbourne International Comedy Festival and now Simon Godfrey and Dan Allemann—the duo behind […]

Review: Greg Fleet in Bring It | Melbourne Fringe

Freelance writer Siobhan Argent writes… The Fleetster’s in town for the Fringe. A fan of his appearances on Get This, I had high hopes that Fleet’s Bring It would in fact, have the ‘it’ brought to me on a satiny comedy platter. I’m not sure, however, that ‘it’ was delivered as advertised. It can be […]