Comedians have a rare opportunity that they must use wisely – the chance to air their grievances about the world to a captive audience. Kitty Flanagan makes the most of this, and does so in fine style.
In the rather small Ladies’ Lounge at the Forum Theatre, Geraldine Hickey is definitely in-your-face. Hickey’s Love or a Slab of Fudge is a personal narrative told for comic effect, and it is funny, if you don’t mind some rather crude humour, too-much-information on occasion, and plenty of swearing.
It seems to be a common theme of this year’s festival – comedians talking about growing up, becoming an adult, getting their own place. Hannah Gadsby’s Happiness is a Bedside Table is in this vein – Gadsby delights in having a safe place for her all-important glasses, in being ‘captain of the fridge’, and in […]
For comedy-goers who are used to stand-up fare of personal anecdote or disconnected one-liners, Anne Edmonds in The Quarter Cabbage will either be a refreshing change or a bit of a shock. The Quarter Cabbage is a mix of theatre and comedy, with Edmonds effectively playing the role of four strangers who each wander into […]
STOP IT! STOP LAUGHING so I can tell you my next joke! How often do you hear that line from a comedian on stage? Probably not a lot, but the audience jammed into the Pizza Room at the Forum were having such a great time that Karl Chandler really did have to tell us to […]
Whether or not you were a Good News Week viewer, there’s a sense of familiarity about Claire Hooper. In Plums, she seems instantly at ease in the bright spotlight of the Cloak Room at Melbourne Town Hall.
Dixie Longate is back for this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival, but with her luggage gone on to Victoria’s deep south without her there ain’t quite enough Tupperware for a party. So instead of the full-blown Tupperware show complete with catalogues that audiences experienced last year, she’s here to tell us stories of her travels […]
Hannah Gadsby is excellent in this show that probes gender stereotypes and points out the raw deal that women have had over the centuries when it comes to marriage, sex, equality and pretty much everything else. There is a political message here, but Gadsby handles it with aplomb and with plenty of humour. Hannah Wants […]
Random, improvised and hilarious: that’s Akmal at this year’s festival. Every show I’ve seen so far at the 2012 Melbourne International Comedy Festival has had, at some level, thematic coherence or a narrative arc. So Akmal’s show came as a bit of a surprise, because coherence of any sort is not the way he rolls […]
Hayley Brennan embodies the stereotypes of Gen Y, blonde and party girl. She seems to exploit these types intentionally, but I suspect she’s not fully aware of the messages she’s sending. Brennan introduces her show by explaining that the next hour is about everyone getting to know one another. Thankfully, she exercises the Gen Y […]