Topic archives: comedy festival

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: 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: 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: 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.

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: 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: 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, […]