Comedy Arts

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...

Posted 23 Oct 2015 @ 12:11pm

Scottish comedian Danny Bhoy will return to Australia with his latest show Please Untick This Box, starting next March.


Bhoy began his stand-up career in 1998 and, a year later, he won the Daily Telegraph Open Mic Award in the UK.  In 2001, he debuted his first solo show at the Edinburgh Festival to critical acclaim. Since then he has been a regular at the Edinburgh Fringe....

Posted 20 Oct 2015 @ 5:46pm

After decades in the industry, Omid Djalili has become a comedic institution, both in film and onstage. For the first time, he is coming to Sydney this month for the Just For Laughs festival, performing his new show, Iranalamadingdong. It promises to not only be a night of hilarity, but also one that will work to eradicate the notions of race and stereotyping that have been so predominant...

Posted 9 Oct 2015 @ 12:46pm

Seven years on from the first Let’s Nut It Out, a lineup of comedy legends, TV and radio staples and rising stars will get together for a one-off night of comedy to raise money for a anaphylaxis this November.


Peter Helliar, whose son Liam suffers from the condition, will host the night. He will be joined by Dave Hughes, Arj Barker, Lawrence Mooney, Dave Thornton, Celia...

Posted 30 Sep 2015 @ 10:31am

Jimmy Carr will return to Australian shores early next year. 


A TV regular on the likes of 10 O’Clock Live, 8 Out of 10 Cats and Big Fat Quiz, Carr will bring his Funny Business tour Down Under, on which he's currently performed over 200 dates around the United Kingdom.
Over the course of his stand-up career he's scored the British Comedy Award for ‘Best Live...

Posted 28 Sep 2015 @ 11:35am

In the wake of his latest release, Mandatory Fun, the world's highest selling recording comedy artist will come to our city.


With a career spanning four decades, Weird Al has won four Grammy Awards for his infamous parodies. The White and Nerdy singer has turned his hand to some of the biggest songs from pop culture history including Nirvana (Smells Like Nirvana), Madonna (Like...

Posted 25 Sep 2015 @ 11:11am

Anne interviewing Damien:
Why did you leave rotten food in my fridge last time you stayed?
It was fresh at first, then it started to rot.
What were you like at school?
I played cricket and football well, so probably a wanker. I was actually bullied a lot because I played up a grade in sport. All the older kids hated me. I always loved comedy and impressions...

Posted 25 Sep 2015 @ 11:04am

We wants more more more of the adorable Stephen K Amos, my preciouses, so the UK comic is bringing his warm and fuzzy show Welcome to my World back to Melbourne for Fringe. Everyone wants more of him: he’s just finished a tour where he was performing two shows a day for a month. Beat does a quick Q&A with Amos, who brought Welcome to my World to MICF earlier this year, to find out what one...

Posted 22 Sep 2015 @ 6:40pm

Not content with being a comedy god and TV idol, Randy (who doesn’t make distinctions between humans and puppets), is now an author. He’s written a book and is doing a show about it for the Melbourne Fringe Festival, called Randy Writes a Novel. “It’s a thinly veiled concept,” Randy says. “I read excerpts from the novel to fill out half a show.” And the book? What’s that about? “It’s about a...

Posted 4 Sep 2015 @ 10:09am

On the eve of his show with fellow comedian Charlie Pickering at the Yarraville Club, comedian Rod Quantock is worried – worried that the Abbott government is putting him out of a job.  Two days prior to my interview with Quantock, the recently minted Australian Border Force issued a press release suggesting members of the public would be randomly stopped on the streets and Melbourne as part...

Posted 1 Sep 2015 @ 9:33am

Kevin Hart is set to make his stand-up debut Down Under when he brings his What Now? show to Australian shores early next year.


The US comedian and actor will hit Australian following his 90-plus-date US arena tour, which saw him perform to an audience of over 52,000 people in Philadelphia last weekend. 
Over the course of his illustrious career Hart has knocked...

Posted 31 Aug 2015 @ 12:53pm

The award-winning actor, novelist and much loved comedian will come to Australia to perform 30 Million Minutes, a show based on her life and career. 


Taking the audience through her own life experiences, lessons and observations, French has toured the show extensively across the UK to widespread acclaim. 

Posted 27 Aug 2015 @ 4:16pm

For a lot of people, closely monitoring global political matters can cause a mixture of anxiety, fear and depression. But the current affairs-oriented YouTube program, Juice Rap News, offers an alternative to the usual doom-and-gloom bombardment. Utilising the medium of rap music, Melbourne residents Giordano Nanni and Hugo Farrant unravel the complex details of various ugly, unjust or just...

Posted 25 Aug 2015 @ 10:26am

Joe Rogan will hit Australian shores later this year. 


The LA-based stand-up comic has been honing his craft for over 20 years. The host of one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes, The Joe Rogan Experience, he has also provided commentary for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) since 2002, released multiple stand-up comedy specials and boasts TV credits including...

Posted 25 Aug 2015 @ 8:56am

The one and only Stephen Fry will bring his penchant for frolic and frivolity to Australian shores this November.


The Emmy award-winning English actor, screenwriter, author, playwright, journalist, poet, comedian, television presenter and film director will be performing his latest show Telling Tales.
Over the course of his career Fry has been the long-time host...

Posted 24 Aug 2015 @ 2:00pm

Billed as the young bull and old bull of Australian political satire, Charlie Pickering and Rod Quantock will share the stage for one night only. 


Pickering moved on from his hosting role on The Project to pursue his own show on ABC, The Weekly. Quantock is a veteran of Australian comedy and has appeared at every Melbourne International Comedy Festival since its inception 30...

Posted 24 Aug 2015 @ 9:12am

Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally will tour Australia for the first time early next year. 


The award-winning US comedians and real-life married couple are best known for their roles as Ron Swanson (Parks and Recreation) and Karen Walker  (Will and Grace). The two met in 2000 at rehearsals for play The Berlin Circle and married three years later. Having recently toured their ...

Posted 18 Aug 2015 @ 4:55pm


Why are you giving your talents and time to Sacred Heart Mission’s Heart of St Kilda Concert?
I was told that if I do the Heart of St Kilda Concert, Sacred Heart Mission would organise for me to be a lead in the new Ghostbusters movie. I think they may have been joking but I need to know for sure.
What’s the best thing about being involved in a fundraising concert...

Posted 11 Aug 2015 @ 1:15pm

Comedian and bestselling author David Sedaris has announced his third tour to Oz in January 2016. 


The quick-witted American will be reading from a selection of new and unpublished diary entries and essays in what will be a rare and entertaining experience from the satirist known for such books as Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Holidays On Ice and his most recent effort Let's...

Posted 11 Aug 2015 @ 8:04am

Eric Wareheim and Tim Heidecker will return to Australian shores later this year.


Masters of the twisted and peculiar, the duo first rose to fame with the animated series Tom Goes to the Mayor. Since then, they have gone on to unleash five seasons of the deeply and profoundly odd television sketch comedy series’ for Adult Swim, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! 

Posted 6 Aug 2015 @ 11:19am

Marc Maron will return to Australia this October.



A highly honest and thought-provoking comedian, Maron has appeared on every talk show you could possibly list, released multiple comedy specials and hosts the landmark podcast WTF with Marc Maron (which averages four million downloads each month and has featured the likes of Louis CK, Robin Williams and most...

Posted 5 Aug 2015 @ 12:48pm

In her first lead role in a feature film, of which she also penned the script, Amy Schumer plays a heavy-drinking, pot-smoking writer. The crux of the story follows her belief that monogamy is an inherently unsustainable concept – an ideology she picked up at the age of nine when her father detailed his reasoning for cheating on her mother copious times, which led to their subsequent divorce....

Posted 29 Jul 2015 @ 3:32pm

US comedian Duncan Trussell will perform his first ever Australian shows this November.


That’s right, Duncan Trussell, the voice behind hugely popular podcast Duncan Trussell Family Hour, is bringing the laughs our way. The podcast blends laugh-out-loud humour with fringe ideas, eclectic guests and excellent interviews. It’s an indication of Trussell's stand-up shows, which...

Posted 27 Jul 2015 @ 5:04pm

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival have charted a massive year, boasting 5,000 artists, 555 events and over 7,000 shows. 


The festival saw a multitude of pubs and unconventional spaces turn into stand-up hubs, as well as sell out shows in some of Melbourne's biggest venues. Show attendance this year clocked in at 770,290, as well as the 4.5 million who tuned in to the...

Posted 22 Jul 2015 @ 12:06pm

What the absolute fuck is happening to this country? Seriously. Under the leadership of the Abbott government our once great nation has seemingly reverted on the majority of our social, political and environmental advancements in the name of the almighty dollar. We're fucking destroying the environment, we've fallen so fucking far behind the world in contemporary civil liberties and we're...

Posted 16 Jul 2015 @ 2:45pm

Arts Centre Melbourne have announced they will play host to Amy Schumer's only Australian performance next week.


The actor, comedian, writer and feminist icon will be in the country for the premiere of comedy feature Trainwreck - a film which Schumer both stars in and wrote the screenplay for. She will take to the stage in Melbourne for a special one-off headline show.

Posted 7 Jul 2015 @ 3:44pm

Three of Melbourne's up and coming stand-up comedians are joining forces to serve up 3 Course Comedy this July.


The trio of Michael Shafar, Sam Taunton and Tim Hewitt are fresh from sold out shows at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and performed to sell-out crowds in Melbourne Comedy's Rising Stars.
Opening the night is Sam Taunton, who has gone from...

Posted 2 Jul 2015 @ 12:38pm

One of the biggest names in UK comedy has announced that he'll tour Australia for the first time ever this October.


John Bishop has revealed that he'll perform his stand-up show in Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Sydney. Even though the tour will mark Bishop's first, he's no stranger to our shores, having completed a mammoth cycle up the east coast in 1992. His experiences...

Posted 2 Jul 2015 @ 12:38pm

Stand-up comedian Omid Djalili has announced a trip to Melbourne this October.


The British born Iranian comedian's television credits include the Fagin in West-End smash-hit Oliver! and Dr Rance in Joe Orton’s What The Butler Saw.  He has also acted in films including Shaun The Sheep Movie, Mr. Nice, Pirates of the Caribbean, Gladiator, Sex and The City 2, Notting Hill and The...

Posted 10 Jun 2015 @ 1:45pm

LA-based comedian Joe Mande has locked in a run of shows across the country for this September.


Best known to Australians for his characters and writing on Parks and Recreation, Kroll Show and Delocated, Mande has also risen to prominence in the States as the host of variety show, Totally JK. Now writing for Aziz Ansari's Netflix series, fans will get a chance to catch Mande in...