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Review: Nellie White is the Shitty Carer | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Review: Nellie White is the Shitty Carer | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Siobhan Argent October 2, 2013

Patrick O’Duffy writes … ‘Anyone here a carer?’ asks comedian Nellie White as she kicks off her show. A few people nod or raise their hands, and she asks them whether they like it. It’s a low-key start to a show that, sadly, never manages to gain much more energy and falls short of the […]

Review: Dropped | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Review: Dropped | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Siobhan Argent October 2, 2013

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: Lou Sanz Speaks Easy | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Review: Lou Sanz Speaks Easy | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Siobhan Argent October 1, 2013

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

Siobhan Argent September 30, 2013

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

Siobhan Argent September 27, 2013

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: Tony Martin in The Yeti | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Review: Tony Martin in The Yeti | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Siobhan Argent September 20, 2013

Patrick O’Duffy writes … In the early 1980s, Auckland was a wasteland of brutes and cranks. In a dilapidated boarding house, three young men live with their elderly Swiss landlord and his exhausted Samoan wife. Their lives of quiet desperation, rubbish wages and drawer-tongues are only occasionally spiced up with bashing bedpans, attempts to reverse-shoplift Marmite jars and […]

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

Matt Smith 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

Laugh Track contributor 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

Matt Smith 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: Alice Fraser in Word Crime | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Alice Fraser in Word Crime | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Matt Smith 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: Simon Keck in Nob Happy Sock | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Simon Keck in Nob Happy Sock | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Laugh Track contributor 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: 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

Matt Smith 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

Matt Smith 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

Matt Smith 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: Jason Geary & Jimmy James Eaton in Sketch-ual Healing | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Jason Geary & Jimmy James Eaton in Sketch-ual Healing | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Matt Smith April 3, 2013

Patrick O’Duffy writes… A lone cowboy rides into an ambush after refusing to replace his horse with a Datsun. A book lover is trapped in a sepulchral library. A supervillain applies for a job in the fast food industry. And then lights flicker, music blares and the story changes again! All part and parcel of […]

Review: Late O’clock with Rob Hunter | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Late O’clock with Rob Hunter | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Matt Smith April 3, 2013

Patrick O’Duffy writes… Rob Hunter brings his late-night talk show of hatred back to the Comedy Festival for a third year, hellbent on insulting some of Melbourne’s most loved comedians. But is it funny in its own right, or is this the kind of car-crash comedy where it’s uncomfortable but you just can’t look away?

Review: Mark Butler in Word Vampire | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Mark Butler in Word Vampire | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Matt Smith April 2, 2013

Patrick O’Duffy writes… ‘This show’s mostly about words, not much about vampires, so if you’re keen on vampires you might be disappointed,’ warns Mark Butler at the start of his set. Unfortunately, the show turns out not to be that much about words either – or to be all that good.

Review: Xavier Michelides in Good Morning! | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Xavier Michelides in Good Morning! | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Matt Smith April 2, 2013

Patrick O’Duffy writes… Xavier Michelides is not a morning person. His morning routine of coffee, TV and general grumbling has to be just right, or it puts him in a bad mood for the rest of the day – a mood in which he can’t help but think of all the things that might make […]

Review: Andrew McClelland’s Hang the DJ (feat. DJ Kieran O’Sullivan) | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Andrew McClelland’s Hang the DJ (feat. DJ Kieran O’Sullivan) | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Matt Smith April 1, 2013

Patrick O’Duffy writes… The DJ Illuminati are here in the form of Andrew McClelland (a comedian who DJs) and Kieran O’Sullivan (a DJ who comedies). Both run clubs, both love pop music and both are here at MICF to teach you – yes, you – about the art of the decks and mixer.

Review: Watson: Once Were Planets | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: Watson: Once Were Planets | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Matt Smith April 1, 2013

Patrick O’Duffy writes… Previously on Space Force, Commander Bec Rogers was deep in battle with the terrible Space Brain! Although armed with a blaster pistol and zero-gravity kung fu skills, the monster’s telekinetic powers were too much for her, until –

Review: DeAnne Smith in Let’s Do This | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Review: DeAnne Smith in Let’s Do This | Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Matt Smith March 31, 2013

Patrick O’Duffy writes… Whoo! Yeah! Get up! Sit down! High-five your neighbour! Make sound effects! DeAnne Smith pushes the audience participation button to kick off her show with high energy, and though she warns that she’s bound to crash at some point, she never does.