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Podcast: A Talk with Lawrence Mooney

Lawrence Mooney talks to Matt Smith about donuts, his habits of procrastination, the web series The Match Committee (which he stars in with Sam Pang) and his recent forays into more serious acting roles. Podcast link: A Talk with Lawrence Mooney Lawrence Mooney in An Indecisive Bag of Donuts at the Melbourne Town Hall, 9:45pm […]

Review: Reginald D. Hunter

Review: Reginald D. Hunter

Reginald D. Hunter appeared to be a bit drunk. His material was half written and shaky, he dropped jokes mid-sentence in preference for another story. There didn’t seem to be any continuity. It’s a testament to his skill as a comedian that despite all the ingredients being wrong, the cake he delivered on stage wasn’t […]

Review: Charlie Pickering in Rodeo, Burqa, Circumcision

Freelance writer Meghan Lodwick writes… The stiff tie and wrinkle-free suit screams of new aged hipster when paired with a gel-soaked side part. Yes, when Charlie Pickering cut his curly mop to resemble a Will Ferrell-esque anchorman on Channel Ten’s 7pm Project, I no longer thought of him as a stand-up comic but more a […]

Review: Michael Chamberlin in Things I Haven’t Done

Review: Michael Chamberlin in Things I Haven’t Done

“You can tell within the first two minutes whether a show is going to be shit or not, and I’ll tell you now, I’m f-cking worried!” These are the words that a sweaty Michael Chamberlin uttered as he kept his gaze to the floor, fidgeting in a distracted manner in front of an audience of […]

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Review: Gabriel Iglesias in The Fluffy Shop Tour

Review: Gabriel Iglesias in The Fluffy Shop Tour

For someone who hadn’t toured in Australia before, Iglasias had made one hell of an impression. He was known and anticipated. People had bought cake and transformers, had come armed with their favourite stories and catch phrases. When he finally sauntered out on stage following two warm-up acts, slightly out of breathe already, a thousand […]

Review: Kieran Eaton and Laura Money in Unfinished Business

Review: Kieran Eaton and Laura Money in Unfinished Business

Moments before Unfinished Business is scheduled to begin, co-star Kieran Eaton fronts the crowd and politely announces that the show will commence a few minutes late. One of the reviewers, he explains, is yet to arrive. “Who cares about the Herald Sun anyway?” he yelps into the microphone. Trouble is, Eaton got it wrong. His […]

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

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

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

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 […]

Review: Scott Abbott in Democracy: Not Angry, Just Disappointed

Review: Scott Abbott in Democracy: Not Angry, Just Disappointed

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 […]

Review: Catherine Deveny in God is Bullshit

Review: Catherine Deveny in God is Bullshit

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 […]

Review: Cal Wilson in The Great Intender

Review: Cal Wilson in The Great Intender

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 […]

Review: Andrew McClelland in Truth be Told

Review: Andrew McClelland in Truth be Told

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 […]

Podcast: A Talk with Charlie Pickering

Podcast: A Talk with Charlie Pickering

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.

Review: Simon Keck in Can’t Get No

Review: Simon Keck in Can’t Get No

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. […]

Review: Mathew Kenneally and The Great Escape

Review: Mathew Kenneally and The Great Escape

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 […]

Review: Lawrence Mooney in An Indecisive Bag of Donuts

Review: Lawrence Mooney in An Indecisive Bag of Donuts

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

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 […]

Review: Dave Thornton in I Wanna be Bruce Lee

Review: Dave Thornton in I Wanna be Bruce Lee

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 […]

Review: Andrew O’Neill in Out of Step

Review: Andrew O’Neill in Out of Step

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 […]

Review: Justin Hamilton Circular

Review: Justin Hamilton Circular

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 […]

Review: Lawrence Leung Wants a Jetpack

Review: Lawrence Leung Wants a Jetpack

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 […]

Review: Adam Rozenbachs in Singledumber

Review: Adam Rozenbachs in Singledumber

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 […]

Review: Doc Brown in Unfamous

Review: Doc Brown in Unfamous

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 […]

Podcast: A Talk with Toby Halligan

Podcast: A Talk with Toby Halligan

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 […]

TV highlight: Warehouse Comedy Festival on ABC2

TV highlight: Warehouse Comedy Festival on ABC2

Starting this week (April 5), ABC2 will be screening the Warehouse Comedy Festival, a selection of some of Australia’s most respected comedians doing some of their stand-up material from last year. It’s a great way to get a taste of these comedians, as they’re all doing new shows at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival this […]

Review: Little Johnny (movie)

Review: Little Johnny (movie)

It’s no secret that animation is one of the most laborious and time consuming processes in film production, a hellishly painstaking past time that requires inordinate amounts of time to generate any kind of result. It is therefore a damn shame when good animation is bogged down by clunky writing, because – and Hollywood attests […]

Review: Rod Quantock in The Insane Asylum

Review: Rod Quantock in The Insane Asylum

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 […]

Review: Brighter Whiter and The Gift

Review: Brighter Whiter and The Gift

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 […]

Podcast: A Talk with Jason Chong

Jason Chong talks to Matt Smith about his new comedy show Reel Life, being in Il Dago, and his love of television. Podcast link: A Talk with Jason Chong Jason Chong in Reel Life is on at the Melbourne Town Hall at 6pm, until 24th April.

Review: Stephen K. Amos in The Best Medicine

Review: Stephen K. Amos in The Best Medicine

Stephen K. Amos has managed to find the funny side of any situation, and is eager to tell how it works. A regular of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Amos’ show this year comes with the message that laughter is the best medicine to any situation. The English comedian of Nigerian heritage strides out onto […]

Review: Drags Aloud at the Movies

Review: Drags Aloud at the Movies

For your chance to win one of two double passes to see ‘Drags Aloud’ on April 14, ‘like’ Laugh Track on Facebook. Freelance writer Warrick Glynn writes… When the four drag queens of Drags Aloud came on stage with their trowelled-on Max Factor and their plus-sized shoes (and matching plus-sized hands) I thought, here we […]

Review: Jason Chong in Reel Life

Review: Jason Chong in Reel Life

If I could use one word to describe Jason Chong’s new show, it would be ‘clever’. If I could use another (depending on how you consider a hyphen) it would be arse-cheeks. Somewhere in between these two lies Chong. No, wait… ‘Reel Life’, to be fair, begins with some shaky stand-up material. Chong seemed a […]

Podcast: A Talk with Mathew Kenneally

Podcast: A Talk with Mathew Kenneally

Comedian Mat Kenneally talks to Matt Smith about his comedy festival show ‘The Great Escape’, which tells the harrowing tale of being locked in a detention centre (the guards forgot about him) and how he managed to escape (he attracted the attention of the cleaners). Podcast link: A Talk with Mathew Kenneally Tell me about […]

Review: Arj Barker in Eleven

Review: Arj Barker in Eleven

Arj Barker comes to the stage with a fair amount of street cred. He’s ridden the coattails of the Flight of the Conchords, he’s considered one of the top acts of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for years, and if that doesn’t convince you he’s a good comedian, then maybe the ticket price will. Playing […]

Review: Trav Nash in Good Grief

Review: Trav Nash in Good Grief

If every stand-up routine were as wildly verbose as the brick-of-anecdotes-to-your-face style of Melbourne comedian Trav Nash, one gets the sense the craft would either sky rocket to new heights of popularity or collapse like a sick dog in a gutter, saved for brave souls with insatiable appetites for loud and offbeat storytelling. In his […]