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On sex, gender and jokes, avoid Hollywood

On sex, gender and jokes, avoid Hollywood

Joel Checkley and Shannon Woodford are the comedy duo behind Twice Shy, a modern, comedic love story with a twist. In this article, Checkley and Woodford discuss how it is possible for a man and woman to be friends (and make each other laugh) while avoiding the romantic tropes of Tinseltown. For the most part, we would like to believe […]

Review: Come Heckle Christ | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Review: Come Heckle Christ | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Suzy Freeman writes … What would Jesus do? We asked, but sadly you’ll never know. At least, not until this show’s next run. Come Heckle Christ was a one-night-only show at this year’s Fringe, but given the enthusiasm of the crowd on the night, it seems unlikely to be the last we see of this […]

Countdown to a comedy catalyst

Countdown to a comedy catalyst

Wes Gardner is part of the team behind Slutmonster and Friends, a recent Melbourne International Comedy Festival success story. Here, he writes about being on the other side of the comedy curtain  and tells the story of the show’s development—from end to beginning. The end of the festival We are in a stuffy bar packed with comedians at […]

Review: Edge! | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Review: Edge! | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Suzy Freeman writes … This year’s Melbourne Fringe sees Rachel Davis and Isabel Angus of Grisabel Comedy return to the stage in their new show, Edge!. Their last offering, All of the Things, was well received at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival earlier this year, and was about, well, everything. About wanting all of the […]

Review: Dropped | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Review: Dropped | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Patrick O’Duffy writes … Within a cloud of chemical smoke, two women sit in a pile of shredded paper snow, staring into nothing. Suddenly they snap into rapid-fire conversation about washing-up incidents, then just as quickly fall silent again. A momentary spasm of racism, a quick discussion about Hollywood hotels; soon the silence falls away […]

Review: Sabrina D’Angelo’s Why Do I Dream? | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Review: Sabrina D’Angelo’s Why Do I Dream? | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Andrea Davison writes … Sabrina D’Angelo is odd. There are no two ways about it. Whether you think she is hilariously odd or just plain weird will come down to your appreciation for the absurd and your willingness to sit uncomfortably waiting for a punch line. In Why Do I Dream, D’Angelo quietly takes her […]

Review: Lou Sanz Speaks Easy | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Review: Lou Sanz Speaks Easy | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Patrick O’Duffy writes … Eighteen months ago, Lou Sanz was sitting pretty thanks to the success of her award-winning comedy show Neverending Storage. It should have been tours, yachts and rent boys from that point on. But the thing is, when you’re on top of the world you have further to fall, and instead of […]

Review: Raiders of the Temple of Doom’s Last Crusade | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Review: Raiders of the Temple of Doom’s Last Crusade | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Patrick O’Duffy writes … In 1936, two-fisted archaeologist Indiana Jones is recruited by the US Government to prevent the rising Nazi Party from getting their hands on the ancient Ark of the Covenant. Aided by his former lover Marion Ravenwood and hunted by mercenary scholar Belloq, Indy … What the hell am I doing? Quick […]

Review: Rama Nicholas in Death Rides a Horse | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Review: Rama Nicholas in Death Rides a Horse | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Patrick O’Duffy writes … In the Texas town of Coyote, a horse quietly grazes, whinnies and then sings a song—a song about a rootin’ tootin’ cowgirl, a flamboyant dancer and He Who Comes to All. And that’s just for starters. Actor and improviser Rama Nicholas steps away from the improv troupe to perform this one-woman […]

Review: Braveface | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Review: Braveface | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Mustafa Nuristani writes … Walking into the Locker Room in Portland Hotel can be a daunting experience. But once you have your ‘brave face’ on, the rest is smooth sailing. At a very young age performer Sophie Kneebone is fast mastering her talent. She creates an environment where character developments and vulnerabilities make the audience […]