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Comedy Arts

Posted 21 Nov 2016 @ 10:05am

Award-winning South African/NZ comedian Urzila Carlson is returning to our shores with a brand new stand-up show.

 

Carlson will perform the Australian debut of her new show Unacceptable, which tackles political correctness gone mad by questioning everything from mass assimilated taste in music to gluten intolerance. 

 

Posted 16 Nov 2016 @ 2:55pm

Your old mate Goccsy is asking the big questions for his upcoming trivia night. 

 

The comedian/bloke who sports a mullet extremely well will be turning his hand to trivia. Teams are encouraged, and the Tote's kitchen will open to serve up some tasty brainfood. 

 

Posted 28 Oct 2016 @ 3:15pm

Fresh from a sell-out run over in Edinburgh, Sydney and London, Dough Anthony All Stars - Paul McDermott, Paul “Flacco” Livingston and Tim Ferguson - are bringing their new show to Melbourne. 

 

Since their rebirth in 2013, DAAS have broken box-office records, with their musical comedy being toted as more wicked and dangerous than ever before. 

Posted 13 Oct 2016 @ 3:19pm

This Friday will see comedians from around the country take a stand against domestic violence as part of the #IStandUp campaign. 

 

The comedy nights will take place simultaneously around the country, in all eight Australian capital cities, with comedic superstars Dave Thornton and Celeste Barber leading the charge in Melbourne alongside Doug Chappel Jnr, Rose Callaghan, Mayumi...

Posted 13 Oct 2016 @ 11:13am

The Edinburgh Fringe hit show, Randy Writes a Novel, is set to roll into Melbourne for one night only. 

 

Billed as "what happens when Randy cuts sick for an hour" the show will see everyone's favourite purple specimen wax lyrical in a hilarious follow-up to previous shows, Randy Is Sober and The Last Temptation of Randy. 

Posted 29 Sep 2016 @ 2:26pm

The boundary-pushing Eric Andre is coming to Melbourne. 

 

Host of Adult Swim's The Eric Andre Show, Andre has been perplexing and provoking audiences for years. Now, he's embracing the weird and hitting the road with his inventive and daring approach to stand-up comedy. 

 

Posted 22 Sep 2016 @ 10:23am

★★★★ 

 

There is no rhyme or reason to the subject matter in Margaret Cho's live show – and her audience would not have that any other way. In the hour Cho spends on stage, she works her way through dozens of anecdotes and rants in rapid-fire succession. What's even more impressive is how it all seems to come straight off the cuff – talking about one thing inevitably triggers a...

Posted 31 Aug 2016 @ 1:24pm

★★★★

 

“How many people were dragged here tonight by their partners?”. It’s an unusual way for a host to introduce a show, but when that host is Scott Aukerman and the show is Comedy Bang! Bang!, it attracts a knowing laugh from the crowd privy to the absurdity that awaits the uninitiated. Comedy Bang! Bang! is an improvised comedy podcast in which Scott Aukerman mock interviews...

Posted 15 Aug 2016 @ 9:49am

After working with a Grammy Award-winning producer on her debut album, Modern Times, and two consecutive years of sold out Comedy Festival shows, Jude Perl is bringing her hilarious musical comedy back to the stage. 

 

Full of original music and biting social commentary, Part Of This Complete Breakfast follows Perl’s exciting journey from a humble jingle writer to fledgling pop...

Posted 11 Aug 2016 @ 2:18pm

Back by *ahem* chopular demand after a stellar Comedy Festival run, Chopper's Republic of Anzakistan is returning to Melbourne. 

 

In his latest show, Chopper has taken the former countries of New Zealand and Australia, thrown out the shit bits, and created the world's newest superpower with Anzakistan. Of course, he's just the bloke to run it. He may not have any experience, but...

Posted 4 Aug 2016 @ 4:04pm

Podcast and TV show legend Scott Aukerman is heading our way on his first ever Australian tour. 

 

Comedy Bang! Bang! Started in 2009 as a weekly podcast that blends conversation and character work from today’s funniest comedians.  Hosted by writer and comedian Scott Aukerman, it features an assortment of guests and regular segments.  Over the years, guests have included Paul F....

Posted 25 Jul 2016 @ 3:46pm

The charity show will raise both funds and awareness for World Ranger Day.

 

All proceeds will go to the Thin Green Line Foundation's work in supporting park rangers across the globe who are fighting to protect wildlife against poaching. The event will commemorate the lives lost of over 1,000 rangers in the past 10 years, while funding the rangers internationally through its...

Posted 18 Jul 2016 @ 2:55pm

Some of Melbourne's most reputable and new queer women comedians will be making people laugh on Queer Women Of Comedy Night.

 

 

The lineup includes Alex Ward, Daisy Berry, Geraldine Hickey, Kimberley Lisle, Kirsty Webeck, Sharon Andrews and Tessa Ryan. Queen Women of Comedy Night will also feature a raffle and a door prize, where you can win a bottle of Moët. All funds...

Posted 14 Jul 2016 @ 1:04pm

Simon Taylor will make a brief return from the US to perform a run of shows in Melbourne, this August.

 

After writing jokes for Jay Leno, Sofia Vergara and Shaun Micallef, he will take to the stage himself to perform his own brand of stand-­up, music, magic and more.
 
His stories from being on the road in America will include songs he learned at the Hollywood ...

Posted 7 Jul 2016 @ 2:07pm

Revered UK comedian Bill Bailey is heading to Australian shores with his new live show. 

 

Larks in Transit is a compendium of tales and shenanigans from 20 years as a travelling comedian. With musical virtuosity, surreal tangents and trademark intelligence, Bailey tackles politics, philosophy, the pursuit of happiness, death metal, ringtones, and an excruciating encounter with...

Posted 15 Feb 2016 @ 3:06pm

Celebrating 30 years of laughs, The Melbourne International Comedy Festival have put together a massive program that encompasses the past, present and future of Australian comedy.

 

With four weeks of comedy totaling more than 6,600 performances and over 2,000 performers, the festival has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 1987 with just 56 shows. In celebration of...

Posted 8 Feb 2016 @ 1:12pm

One of India's most well-loved comedy collectives are making their debut on Australian soil.

 

Tanmay Bhat, Gursimran Khamba, Rohan Joshi and Ashish Shakya have attracted a huge following in both their home country and internationally through garnering over 1.4 million subscribers on their YouTube channel. The troupe was also responsible for India's first ever celebrity roast,...

Posted 29 Jan 2016 @ 1:57pm

Celebrated as Australia's biggest and most prestigious open mic comedy competition, RAW Comedy looks set to once again harvest the stars of tomorrow. Established 20 years ago, the competition only continues to grow in popularity. “It looks like we’re probably going to have more people trying to get up than last year,” confirms Associate Director of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival,...

Posted 25 Jan 2016 @ 2:57pm

It takes a lot to make Jimmy Carr sweat onstage. A few diehard fans may cast their minds back to an especially humid evening at Melbourne’s The Toff In Town, in which the typically dapper stand-up comic sweltered through a hilarious preview of his show Gagging Order. “I’d basically organised this whole tour so I could go and watch the tennis in Melbourne,” Carr jokes. “We saw women playing in...

Posted 7 Jan 2016 @ 3:10pm

Arj Barker is preparing a brand new festival show, so he's decided to try out a bunch of his rawest material at three intimate Melbourne gigs.

 

A true favourite with Australian audiences, Californian stand up comedian Arj Barker is determined to build a damn good new show. The thing is, at this stage he's merely got a bunch of scrambled notes. Thus, he needs your help to decide...

Posted 4 Jan 2016 @ 5:24pm

If New Year's has left you in an existential rut, comedian Lawrence Leung is here to sort you out. As part of The School of Life's Secular Sermon series, Leung will be philosophising on the importance of not knowing.

 

Leung will argue that the unknown is one of life's strongest catalysts for both creativity and fear – driving the human spirit to seek answers, but snaring the...

Posted 16 Dec 2015 @ 10:44am

The founders of Monty Python, John Cleese and Eric Idle, have announced an Australian tour.

 

The living legends of comedy will hit all major capital cities with their brand new show, Together Again At Last...For The Very First Time.
 
 “Eric and I had huge fun touring the States in October and now we can bring our show to the friendliest people in the world,” said...

Posted 14 Dec 2015 @ 6:29pm

In late 2012, the night after Tim & Eric’s run of two Melbourne performances, Tim Heidecker took to a swanky Melbourne haunt for a bumbling, chaotic, and brilliant stand up set. Assuming a wry caricature of a conservative comic, Tim mangled a routine in which he fantasised a scenario where Donald Trump gives Obama a trademark “you’re fired”, long before any genuine presidential aspirations...

Posted 11 Dec 2015 @ 2:01pm

We all know and love the affable Adam Zwar: If you can’t relate to a man being a dog in his very funny television series Wilfred, then you can at least relate to funny people talking about falling in and out of love on his panel show on ABC, Agony.  Zwar says he’s taking ‘a little break’ from TV for the moment but Agony fans can catch a live version of the show, twice even, at The Yarraville...

Posted 8 Dec 2015 @ 11:51am

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival will turn 30 next year, and today the first acts have been announced.

 

International guest comedians will include festival debutants Hal Cruttenden, Larry Dean, Adam Hess, Sofie Hagen, Lou Sanders, Mae Martin and Penny Arcade, recent visitors returning Joel Dommett, Nish Kumar, Sara Pascoe, Alex Edelman, Luisa Omielan, Urzila Carlson...

Posted 26 Nov 2015 @ 2:31pm

Australia's largest open mic comedy competition, RAW Comedy, are putting the callout for up-and-coming comedians looking for their big break.

 

Past competitors have included some familiar faces such as Matt Okine, Ronny Chieng, Hannah Gadsby and Josh Thomas.
 
Heats will be held in more than eight states and regional centres around the country from January to March...

Posted 25 Nov 2015 @ 11:13am

ChilOut is a not for profit, community-founded organisation dedicated to freeing child seeking asylum from government facilitated detention centres. ChilOut’s mission isn’t simply worthwhile, but it’s almost essential – as Australian citizens we have a duty to campaign for justice when injustice is committed in our country’s name.

 

This weekend, Howler presents Stand Up For...

Posted 17 Nov 2015 @ 3:02pm

UK comedy favourite Russell Howard has confirmed his return to Australian stages... but not until 2017.

 

The stand-up star and television host of Russell Howard's Good News has a massive schedule lined up, as such a long-term announcement suggests, with his Round The World tour locked in for 29 international cities outside his native London.
 
By the time he reaches...

Posted 10 Nov 2015 @ 3:30pm

Some of Melbourne's finest and funniest comedians will be getting together for a stand up spectacular in support of ChilOut, an organisation fighting on behalf of children seeking asylum, who have become detained within Australia and Nauru.

 

Alongside yet to be announced secret guests, the bill includes Tripod, Anne Edmonds, Greg Fleet, Josh Earl, Dave O'Neil, Tom Gleeson,...

Posted 26 Oct 2015 @ 2:51pm

Effie has announced her latest show, The Virgin Bride, will tour around the country from this February.

 

After years spent searching for a soulmate and having to spend her own cash, Effie’s found love at last. Now she's getting married, and it's all pretty simple - she is going to gain a husband and lose a cherry, all in one night.
 
This mother of all weddings is...

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