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Review: Songs for Europe | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Review: Songs for Europe | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Nina D. Flanagan writes … I’m a fan of Eurovision. Every year I gather a group of friends, assemble European snacks, alcohol and scorecards: the strangest acts usually get the highest points from us. We vow to travel to the winning country and then forget the continent until Julia Zemiro ads herald the next advent of […]

Review: Michael Hing in Occupy White People | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Michael Hing in Occupy White People | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

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: Poet Laureate Telia Nevile Live On Air | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Poet Laureate Telia Nevile Live On Air | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

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

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

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 […]

Review: Josh Thomas in Douchebag | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Josh Thomas in Douchebag | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Nina D. Flanagan writes… In Douchebag, Josh Thomas discusses making children cry and international exploitation, and somehow still elicits laughs rather than disgust from the audience. It is a testament to his comedic talents that he can deliver his misdeeds into your lap, while having you chortle along with him.

Review: Dave Callan in The Psychology of Laughter  | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Dave Callan in The Psychology of Laughter | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Nina D. Flanagan writes… Part university lecture, part stand-up comedy, part sexy music video, The Psychology of Laughter was unlike anything I had ever seen before. It was consistently interesting with patches of riotous hilarity. There was a sign displayed outside the room warning of coarse language and adult themes, and Callan looks a bit […]

Review: Cal Wilson is Guilty | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Cal Wilson is Guilty | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Nina D. Flanagan writes… If you have never seen a Cal Wilson show before, you need to go see what you are missing. Cal Wilson is Guilty had a few tiny hiccups, but still deserves to be on the shortlist of shows to see this year.

Review: Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall in Trying Hard | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall in Trying Hard | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Nina D. Flanagan writes… Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall’s show Trying Hard is exactly what it says on the apologetic label: one guy up on stage, obviously giving it his best shot but falling a little short. Clearly an amateur show, but with good potential, it lacked some polish.