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Comedy Arts

Posted 28 Nov 2014 @ 11:47am

Denise Scott and Fiona O'Loughlin are teaming up for one hell of a Christmas show this December.

 

Denise Scott won this year’s Barry Award for the best show at April’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival and is currently performing five sold out shows at the Sydney Opera House. Fiona O'Loughlin has won almost every award Australian comedy has to offer and once sold out six...

Posted 26 Nov 2014 @ 4:02pm

One of the biggest comedians on the planet will return to Australia early next year.

 

In 2013, on his Notorious tour, Russell Peters set attendance records around the world. It took him to 26 countries with over 200 performances and over 300,000 fans attending his shows globally. 
 
His upcoming Almost Famous tour promises all new material and Peters’ lightning fast...

Posted 19 Nov 2014 @ 10:11am

One of the biggest comedians of our generation has locked in his first ever Australian tour.

 

A favourite on talk shows such as David Letterman, Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Fallon, Bill Burr first rose to success through his recurring role on the second season of Chapelle’s Show.
 
In more recent times, Burr has played the character Kuby on Breaking Bad, starred in The...

Posted 18 Nov 2014 @ 9:52am

The Bally On High festival will return for a second year, bringing comedy, cabaret and circus entertainment to Northcote.

 

Headlined by Dave Callan, the festival features over 14 acts, with a mix of both local and international performers, including acrobatics, burlesque, chainsaw juggling, magic, barbershop singing and ventriloquism. The festival will also feature an adults-...

Posted 10 Nov 2014 @ 7:36pm

Funny men Tom Gleeson and Peter Helliar are about to embark on a tour of the New South Wales' north coast, curiously setting sail from Hawthorn. While the two are pairing up on the same bill, Gleeson will be trotting out his piss-funny show Quality for those who missed it during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, focusing on the trials and tribulations of fatherhood, booze and last,...

Posted 20 Oct 2014 @ 9:08am

Eddie Izzard is coming to Melbourne.

 

Hailed as one of the foremost stand up comedians of his generation, Izzard will bring his Force Majeure tour to Australia early next year. His most extensive comedy tour to date, thus far he's taken Force Majeure to more than 25 countries on five continents. 

Posted 17 Oct 2014 @ 11:07am

When South Africa’s Trevor Noah was younger, the notion that he would one day become a world-renowned comedian was unthinkable. This is not because his Swiss father was bred into a culture whose closest understanding of the profession was a “clown”. Or because it was his friends’ idea, not his, that Noah put his hand up at an open mic night they just “happened to be at” that caused him to fall...

Posted 17 Oct 2014 @ 8:55am

Beloved Scotsman Billy Connolly will embark on an 11-city tour of Australia early next year.

 

Originally a folk singer and banjo player in the Humblebums with Gerry Rafferty (later of Baker Street fame), Connolly moved onto comedy and first became a household name in the early '70s after appearing on Parkinson. Since then, Connolly has spent the past four decades touring the...

Posted 15 Oct 2014 @ 11:30am

★★★★

 

Watching Reggie Watts perform is kind of like listening to an Aphex Twin album – the overarching thoughts revolving around some variation of 'how did this even get made?' Watts’ improvised performance is nothing short of completely bewildering and utterly absurd – the idea that somebody could integrate and improvise so fluidly in front of a packed room while maintaining...

Posted 11 Oct 2014 @ 3:29pm

A blasted landscape. Charred husks of SUV's scattered along silent highways, ruptured like cicada shells. Ruined cities at the horizon, colossal fires and irradiated rain. And Rhys Darby, rifle at the ready, leading a rag-tag group of haunted survivors to escape the zombie apocalypse/giant death robot invasion. Sure, this may not be the Darby that most people are familiar with. It's a far cry...

Posted 8 Oct 2014 @ 3:30pm

★★★★

 

Cancel all plans for the first Saturday of the month. We don’t give a shit even if it’s your nan’s 90th birthday – you have to go and see Grain of Truth instead. This is goddmam hilarious.
 
Grain of Truth, the brain-child of Melbourne-based comedian David S. Innes, is a panel based show recorded live at the Wesley Anne for a bi-monthly podcast. Four panellists...

Posted 8 Oct 2014 @ 3:27pm

★★★★

 

10 Things You Can’t Do On Stage is a warm-hearted and delightful hour of comedy and a great way to finish off the Melbourne Fringe Festival.
 
Self-referential meta commentary. Drinking on stage. Technical difficulties. Having your back to the audience. Being too honest. Giving away too much information. Apologising. These are just a few of the things that you...

Posted 8 Oct 2014 @ 1:14pm

In the world of contemporary stand-up comedy there are few names as inimitable as Reggie Watts. An internationally renowned vocal artist, beatboxer, musician and comedian, Watt's is a founding member of JASH.com (alongside Michael Cera, Sarah Silverman and Tim and Eric), a personal favourite of Conan O'Brien and Jack White, and a regular guest on the likes of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,...

Posted 7 Oct 2014 @ 4:38pm

★★★

 

A Hard Day’s Night of Beatle’s Parodies is a fun night of music and daggy dad jokes. Discovered by Adam Hills on In Gordon St Tonight, Stewart Walker has pulled together an hour of Beatles songs for his Melbourne Fringe debut.
 
Well-known ‘celebrities’ (I use that term very loosely) such as Franco Cozzo, Geoffrey Edelstein, Shane Warne, Frank Walker and...

Posted 7 Oct 2014 @ 1:56pm

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival are on the hunt for teenagers dreaming of taking their comedic talents to the next level and becoming Australia’s funniest teen, with registrations now open for their Class Clowns competition.

 

In 13 locations across Australia, budding comedians in years 9 - 12 or who are aged 14 - 18-years-old, can sign up for free to workshop five...

Posted 3 Oct 2014 @ 3:56pm

Few comedic minds are as sharp as that of Englishman Bill Bailey, and he’s bringing it our way once again in a bid to help us contemplate the true nature of happiness. His new show, Limboland, is sure to continue his habit of selling out major venues all over the country, with a 20-date tour on the cards this October. “[The show] basically uses a term which is more to do with comedy found in...

Posted 1 Oct 2014 @ 10:45am

Calling all comedians and funny types - registrations for the 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival are now open, as are the registrations for Festival Managed Venues. 

 

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is an open access festival for all citizens and permanent residents of Australia and New Zealand (interested overseas artists and/or their producers should...

Posted 30 Sep 2014 @ 8:03pm

★★★★☆

 

Iconic branding? Tick. International appeal? Yep. That inimitable x-factor? No doubt. Stand-up superstar Gabriel Iglesias is taking his winning comedy formula around the globe yet again. As the house lights go dim in Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena, the crowd of 6,000 begin to chant Iglesias’ affectionate nickname “Fluffy”. The anticipation grows as the stage lights start...

Posted 29 Sep 2014 @ 10:37pm

★★★★

 

“I’ve worked tirelessly to create this atmosphere of bemused silence,” joked Joshua Ladgrove, aka. Neal Portenza, towards the end of his off-the-wall performance. It was a fitting quip, Ladgrove’s Friday night crowd merciless in their indifference. Now, let’s be clear about something: this is not a terrible show. In fact, it’s a very good show. Even if you don’t buy into...

Posted 29 Sep 2014 @ 10:22pm

★★★☆

 

If public sentiment is anything to go by, few people would pass up an opportunity heckle the Federal Treasurer. It’s fair to say, then, that Joshua Ladgrove - creator and star of the one-off experimental show Come Heckle Hockey - may have made a few dreams come true this Melbourne Fringe Festival. Donning his ‘Hockey mask’, Ladgrove bravely invited punters to air their...

Posted 29 Sep 2014 @ 10:20pm

★★★★

 

Clem Bastow’s Escape from L.A. is a hilarious and self-deprecating hour of comedy.
 
With dreams of becoming a screenwriter at a young age, Bastow, with a press visa in hand, finally moves to East L.A. in 2012 to work on this dream. However, L.A. can be a cruel mistress and what the audience is treated to is a very funny account of life in L.A. as a struggling...

Posted 29 Sep 2014 @ 10:15pm

★★★★☆

 

1,000 songs in 1 hour…it’s not possible, is it? The Shuffle Show takes this challenge in their stride and gives the audience a hilarious hour of musical comedy.
 
The premise of the show takes you into an Apple store where two employees (Elena Gabrielle and Grant Buse) declare their love for Apple products, mock Android users and try very hard not to tell you...

Posted 24 Sep 2014 @ 2:44pm

Two of the biggest names in Australian comedy, Peter Helliar and Tom Gleeson, will team up for a show this November.

 

Since appearing on Rove, Helliar has appeared as a host on The Project and is the creator and star of ABC's It's A Date. He'll be joined by Gleeson, who has performed stand up at every major comedy festival in the world. 

Posted 20 Sep 2014 @ 6:05pm

Over the last decade, Gabriel Iglesias’ star profile has grown to massive – nay, fluffy – proportions. In addition to being one of the world’s best-loved standup comedians, the lovable Californian is now a fully-fledged Hollywood actor. Iglesias’ acting credits include A Haunted House 2 and Magic Mike, as well as voice work for animated features such as The Nut Job and Planes. As if that weren...

Posted 19 Sep 2014 @ 2:16pm

Australian comedy legend Shane Bourne has announced a rare and exclusive show in Yarraville this October.

 

Shane Bourne's list of comedic credits proves why he deserves 'legend' status. From his role telling Great Aussie Jokes alongside the late Maurie Fields on Hey Hey It's Saturday, to hosting some of the best all-in comedy improv parties on Thank God You're Here, and his work...

Posted 16 Sep 2014 @ 1:57pm

For one night only Short & Girly (With A Bit of Burly) is bringing together a host of this country's funniest stars with all proceeds going to Victorian AIDS Council.

 

Following its debut in 2006, Short & Girly returns in 2014. In charge of laughter on the night is Rachel Berger, Cal Wilson, Hannah Gadsby, Claire Hooper, Fiona O’Loughlin, Tom Gleeson, Joel Creasey, Kevin...

Posted 15 Sep 2014 @ 7:10pm

As a massive comedy nerd, I was nervous about interviewing Donnell Rawlings for his latest show, Unchained, which he’s bringing to the Melbourne this month. I’d been following the veteran comedian’s work since his days as Ashy Larry on Chappelle’s Show,and was fully prepared to make an arse out of myself. Despite my trepidations, what ensued was one of the funniest conversations of my life,...

Posted 12 Sep 2014 @ 3:25pm

Watching the new Ninja Turtles movie last week brought me back to a better time. In primary school, nothing got me more fired up than when the teacher said the following three sentences: “let’s play Heads Down, Thumbs Up”, “we’ve got Tri-Skills at two o’clock” and “that giraffe cunt with the van is here today”. But primary school was really just a legal requirement wedged between the two...

Posted 10 Sep 2014 @ 2:09pm

Tig Notaro, one of America's most prolific, sought after and downright hilarious comedians has announced that she will return to our shores for a run of stand-up shows this December.

 

Notaro and her dry sense of humour last made the trip Down Under for an appearance at the 2011 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Since then, she's released her second comedy album Live,...

Posted 4 Sep 2014 @ 2:19pm

In May 2006, art director Toby Morris decided to place a quirky, hilarious ad in Beat's classified section. The response was so strong that he began sneaking ads in every single issue. The people loved them. The police didn't. Two of Morris' ads resulted in police investigations, and one ad was so outrageous that the Victorian Anti-Terrorism Squad became involved.

 

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