Comedy Arts

Posted 10 Jun 2015 @ 1:35pm

When you’re a stand-up comic and Joan Rivers describes you as a "fuckin’ genius", you know you’re doing something right. Beat talks to Joel Creasey, who we’ve been seeing a bit of on telly, about the show he’s headlining at The Yarraville Club this Saturday night. “It’s a great venue,” says the Perth boy whose hit is rising with a bullet, as they used to say in the '70s. “It’s a really good...

Posted 26 May 2015 @ 3:35pm

A host of the biggest names in comedy are coming together for a massive fundraiser show to help those in need in Nepal. 


On the night Arj Barker, Dave Hughes, Jimeoin, Cal Wilson, Denise Scott, Dave Thornton, Luke McGregor, Tommy Little and many more of the brighest stars in comedy will lend their talents to help raise funds, all of which will be directed to help the Nepalese...

Posted 26 May 2015 @ 12:16pm

An Evening With Kevin Smith will showcase the Clerks star telling stories and interacting with fans, alongside his long-time accomplice Jason Mewes.


The pair will reprise their cult roles as Jay and Silent Bob for a one act show entitled Jay and Silent Bob Get Old. The latter half of the evening will comprise of a Q&A session, in which Smith will share his knowledge as a...

Posted 24 May 2015 @ 3:32pm

One of the biggest comedians in the world will return to Australian shores later this year.


Having first shot to fame when he was seen in the Judd Apatow produced comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall, over the course of his career Brand has starred in Arthur, Get Him To The Greek and Rock Of Ages, written many books including The New York Times best-seller My Booky Wook: A Memoir...

Posted 20 May 2015 @ 1:02pm

After his sold out MICF run, Joel Creasey will have Melbourne laughing once again when he performs this winter. 


Known as the Acid Tongue Prince, Creasey entered the world of comedy when he was 15 and has been making rooms roar ever since. Aside from hosting the 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala, Creasey has also performed in London, Hong Kong and New York,...

Posted 13 May 2015 @ 2:50pm

YouTube sensations Superwog will bring their latest live show Talk Shit Get Hit to stages across the country when they head out on a national tour this winter.


Premiering at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival to sell out crowds, the comedians will take Talk Shit Get Hit to both capital and regional Australia on the extensive tour, showing off why over 70 million...

Posted 4 May 2015 @ 9:10am

John Oliver will embark on a standup tour of Australia later this year.


Both an Emmy and Writer’s Guild Award winning writer, Oliver was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, and earlier this year his show on HBO Last Week Tonight with John Oliver won a Peabody Award.

Posted 24 Apr 2015 @ 3:20pm

The Learn to Live Comedy Gala has revealed the details of its 2015 incarnation.


Back for its third year, the gala boasts a huge lineup of Australian comics, including Adam Hills, Denise Scott, Dave Thornton, Ronny Chieng, Nick Cody, Aunty Donna and Demi Lardner. The night will also feature live music from The Tusken Raiders, plus food, a Learn to Live exhibit and a silent...

Posted 21 Apr 2015 @ 12:06pm

Lilly Singh has announced she will return to Australia this June.


Better known to her 5.4 million YouTube subscribers as IISuperwomanII, Singh's new show A Trip To Unicorn Island is a jam-packed night filled with laughter, music, dance and plenty of surprises. Singh will give you the inside scoop on how to navigate life’s turbulence by finding happiness and beauty in the world...

Posted 14 Apr 2015 @ 3:26pm

In 2000, the little-known UK comedy troupe The Boosh (who would later be known as The Mighty Boosh) took Melbourne by storm. The group, which comprised of Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt, alongside Rich Fulcher, were performing their stage show Arctic Boosh at the 14th incarnation of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. The show, which saw Fielding and Barratt play postmen (and went...

Posted 14 Apr 2015 @ 1:44pm


According to that bed-ridden boozehound Marcel Proust, “By art alone, we are able to get outside ourselves, to know what another sees of this universe.” Meanwhile, when it comes to Katherine Ryan’s stand-up act, she looks to generate the opposite effect. “I always feel that my job in comedy is to hold up a mirror to everyone else,” she says, “because I think audiences like to see...

Posted 14 Apr 2015 @ 1:43pm


Love, family and heartbreak lie at the core of Josie Long’s new comedy show, Cara Josephine. “It helped me a lot to write stand-up about old relationships and about my family,” says Long, as she reflects on her most personal show to date. “It was cathartic! I started out the show feeling really angry and frustrated and heartbroken, and it felt like through the show, I could move on...

Posted 14 Apr 2015 @ 1:41pm


Face extinction with distinction! The dinosaurs are coming to advise humans on dealing with an end of species’ worst case scenario in a show called Dancing with Dinosaurs. Beat spoke to Thomas Albert, one of the theatre makers and performers of the trio comprising Cradle Productions, which includes himself, Caitlin Armstrong and Eloise Maree. For MICF this year the three co-devised...

Posted 14 Apr 2015 @ 11:26am

Up-and-coming American comedian Beth Stelling will bring her stand-up to Australia later this year.


Stelling has become a frequent guest on late-night televison of late, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Pete Holmes Show, Chelsea Lately and Conan. Stelling has also performed at numerous comedy festivals and comedy clubs, written for Comedy Central and MTV, released an album...

Posted 2 Apr 2015 @ 3:49pm

The 26th annual Great Debate have announced their topic and lineup for 2015.


This year's debate will be centred around the idea ‘That Social Media is Anti-Social’ with MC Waleed Ali keeping the two teams, made up of three comedians each, in line.
Arguing in the affirmative will be 2013 Barry Award winner Rich Hall, award-winning Canadian-born Londoner Katherine...

Posted 1 Apr 2015 @ 1:48pm

“Did you guys hear about this TV show Man Vs. Wild?” It’s 2010, and triple j are airing the best moments from the RAW Comedy Grand Final the night before. In this routine, Ronny Chieng describes survivalist Bear Grylls peeing into his own mouth in order to prevent dehydration in extreme environments. “He’s drinking and drinking and when he’s done he goes, ‘That’s how you survive. Man 1, wild 0...

Posted 24 Mar 2015 @ 2:31pm

Russell Peters is an anomaly in the comedy world. While it might surprise many purists within the practice, his level of global appeal in the contemporary scene is impenetrable. He currently holds the record in Dubai for the fastest-selling concert in the history of the Emirate, his attendance records are yet to be eclipsed in South Africa, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and his home...

Posted 10 Mar 2015 @ 11:54am

Three of CollegeHumor's biggest names will visit Australia later this year.


Hitting our shores in June will be Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld, creators and stars of Jake and Amir. Also making the trip will be Prank Wars and Pranked star Streeter Seidell, who recently joined the writing staff of Saturday Night Live. 

Posted 3 Mar 2015 @ 10:01am

The star and co-writer of Black Books has announced an Australian tour. 


A regular performer at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Just for Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Kilkenny Comedy Festival, Dylan Moran is constantly voted as one of the greatest stand-ups in the world, and has also been involved in films such as Shaun of...

Posted 25 Feb 2015 @ 3:20pm

Julia Morris has announced she will return to stand up stages around the country with a brand new show this August and September.


Her new show, I Don't Want Your Honest Feedback, will take the multi-talented comedian to Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, Darwin and Sydney.
I Don’t Want Your Honest Feedback will be Morris’ first stand up tour in two years. In it...

Posted 29 Jan 2015 @ 1:26pm

Bill Burr has been called a ‘comedian’s comedian’, a relatable performer who works hard and stays humble. He brings this attitude and reputation into not only stand-up, but his acting and voiceover work too. But he remains conscious of his roots. “I’ll always enjoy stand-up,” he says. “I still love it. If you maintain your comedy following you’re never unemployed. That’s something you can’t [...

Posted 28 Jan 2015 @ 1:42pm

Cartoon Network legend David Liebe Hart has revealed a run of Australian tour dates to celebrate the release of his upcoming album, Astronaut.


Known for his role on Tim & Eric Awesome Show Great Job!, he'll return down under with a show of songs, comedy, video and ventriloquism. He'll be joined by his puppets and backing musician Jonah Mociun to perform electronic...

Posted 13 Jan 2015 @ 2:42pm

They say not to meet your idols. Realistically, the chances of that ever actually happening tend to be slim (hence why Christopher Walken is yet to return my emails). But the opportunity to feature alongside your childhood heroes is something rarer still. David Tennant managed the feat by piloting the TARDIS. Harry Potter fanatic Evanna Lynch was cast as Luna Lovegood. And Eddie Izzard – one...

Posted 19 Dec 2014 @ 11:57am

I was dialing Mary Coustas, anticipating my discussion with the actor/comedian who plays the Logie-winning character known as Effie, when something unexpected happened.

“Hello, Mary?”

“Hello good thanks, it’s Effie.”


All my nuanced questions about Greek-Australian culture were thrown out the window. On the phone with a character known for her catchphrase “How...

Posted 17 Dec 2014 @ 3:19pm

Comedian Pablo Francisco has announced that he'll return to Australia for the fourth time next April. 


Francisco is known for his pop culture-centred stand-up show, including spot on impressions of celebrities like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan, Jerry Springer and many more. His upcoming tour will see him hit Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.

Posted 10 Dec 2014 @ 5:01pm

The clown in a dress herself, Bianco Del Rio is bringing her new show Comedy Special to our shores this summer.


The winner of Ru Paul's Drag Race season six will hit theatres in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth, following a sell-out season in New York. Supporting her on tour will be her special guest, Courtney Act, who was in the final three of Ru Paul's Drag Race.

Posted 10 Dec 2014 @ 4:50pm

One of the biggest names in UK comedy is coming to Australia.


One half of the award winning comedy duo The Mighty Boosh and a team captain on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Fielding will return to Melbourne during the 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
He'll also bring along Mike Fielding (Naboo/Smooth) for the ride.

Posted 5 Dec 2014 @ 3:55pm

The first round of comedians who will appear at the 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival have been revealed.


A host of big-name internationals will be hitting stages in Melbourne including Rich Hall, Jason Byrne, Arj Barker, Ruby Wax, Michael Che, Miranda Sings, Mike Wilmot, Urzila Carlson, Neil Hamburger, Deanne Smith, James Acaster, Sara Pascoe, Luisa Omielan, Stephen...

Posted 3 Dec 2014 @ 5:42pm

Even in these social media-driven times, the letters section of The Age’s Green Guide is a barometer of the extremes of public opinion about what’s on our TV screens and radios. It’s a reflex to pick up a smartphone and reel off a sarcastic tweet about a show or a star; it takes real, sustained pissed-offedness to write in to the paper to voice your displeasure. Comedian Steele Saunders’...

Posted 3 Dec 2014 @ 10:47am

Effie has announced she is coming to Yarraville just in time for Christmas.


Effie will be joined by Paul Calleja and MC Matthew Hardy for the special A Date With Effie Christmas show. She is looking for love and cuddles by candlelight, but beware of her relatives bearing gifts.