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

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

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

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

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: Tony Martin in The Yeti | Melbourne Fringe Festival

Review: Tony Martin in The Yeti | Melbourne Fringe Festival

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

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

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

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

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 […]