Topic archives: Melbourne

Review: We’ll Always Have Paris | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Review: We’ll Always Have Paris | Melbourne Fringe Festival

September 22, 2013

Isabelle Lane writes … A return ticket to Paris could set you back over $2000, not to mention the risk of potentially irreversible trauma if you happen to be seated within proximity of a screaming baby for the 24-hour flight. On the other hand, Jacqueline Mifsud’s We’ll Always Have Paris will take you on a […]

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: 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: Never Say Always | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Never Say Always | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

April 12, 2013

Mark Pearce writes… It’s a mystery to me why gay marriage has become such a vexed political issue in Australia. If anything gay marriage, when it comes, will underscore the ‘normalization’ of homosexuality and probably knock off some of its radical activist edge.

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: 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: Lawrence Leung’s Part Time Detective Agency | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Lawrence Leung’s Part Time Detective Agency | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

April 7, 2013

Lawrence Leung has garnered a fair bit of street cred and a large devoted audience in past years, partly due to his solid shows at the comedy festival but also his two series on the ABC (of which more is needed please, Aunty). So it was with no surprise that Lawrence Leung’s Part-Time Detective Agency […]

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: 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, […]

Review: Stephen K. Amos in The Spokesman | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Stephen K. Amos in The Spokesman | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

April 4, 2013

Nina D. Flanagan says… The Spokesman is not for the easily offended. Maybe we should just say it’s for the hard to offend. It’s part of Amos’s charm that he is so comfortable on stage that he can converse with the audience and improvise, but the charm tarnishes a little when most of that improvising […]