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Comedy Arts

Posted 2 Sep 2014 @ 3:06pm

As a child, my grandmother would read me to sleep with whatever Agatha Christie novel she happened to be enjoying at the time. So it was that my earliest memories are of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, of a mysterious house at Styles and, of course, a Belgian detective brought to inimitable life by David Suchet over the course of 25 years. Though his latest character in The Last Confession is far...

Posted 29 Aug 2014 @ 2:19pm

The Number Plate Appreciation Society is the best group on Facebook. Plate-spotting isn't a hobby – it's a lifestyle. You can read all the Russian literature you want and visit the world’s most remote cultures, but nothing teaches you more about the human condition than custom plates. It takes a special kind of...

Posted 21 Aug 2014 @ 4:18pm

In Canberra in the early 1980s a group of irreverent Canberra youths formed a musical comedy trio around the same time that took its titular inspiration from an unlikely source – then leader of the Country Party, and Deputy Prime Minister, Doug Anthony. A member of Parliament since the late 1950s, Anthony was hardly the most charismatic of politicians. “I remember Doug Anthony’s head – but he...

Posted 21 Aug 2014 @ 1:40pm

I sat alone in the lobby of The Como in South Yarra with no-one to judge my enthusiasm for Roadshow Films’ free fruit when Neil (played by Blake Harrison) joined me. He told me he was sick of interviews, then asked me what I do, which was uncomfortable for us both. It’s difficult to interview a group actors after knowing them only by their character names for three years – especially when Will...

Posted 12 Aug 2014 @ 12:03pm

Reggie Watts is returning to Melbourne this October.

 

 

The internationally renowned vocal artist, beatboxer, musician and comedian blurs the lines between music and comedy, charming audiences with his live performances which are 100% improvised.

Posted 7 Aug 2014 @ 3:00pm

Recently, I've been flirting with the Lord Mayor over Twitter:

.@NickyTaras @BeatMagazine Happy to be your first, but that doesn't mean we are dating. Yet.

— Robert Doyle (@LordMayorMelb) July 19, 2014

Then...

Posted 7 Aug 2014 @ 1:36pm

Rhys Darby aka Murray Hewitt from Flight of the Conchords has added a Melbourne show to his Australian tour this October.

 

The New Zealand comedy superstar may have come a long way from his stand up roots - to star in films such as Yes Man with Jim Carey and The Boat That Rocked - but get Darby on a stage and you can understand why his career has taken him from his homeland of...

Posted 6 Aug 2014 @ 2:11pm

One of the most controversial comedians of all time, Andrew Dice Clay has announced that he'll make his maiden voyage to our shores this October.

 

The American comedian rose to fame in the '90s following the release of his DICE album. Since then, he's been banned from MTV, starred in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine and been thrown off the Celebrity Apprentice. Most recently, he aired...

Posted 31 Jul 2014 @ 3:13pm

In Scarlett Johansson’s new film, Lucy, the tagline reads: “The average person uses 10% of their brain capacity. Imagine what she could do with 100%”. Now, the only real benefit of my arts degree is that occasionally I can pretend to sound like an authority on psychology because I majored in it. This 10% bullshit is a well-documented myth. Trust me, I'm a psychologist. We don’t use 10% of our...

Posted 30 Jul 2014 @ 2:33pm

The Victorian Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby will play host to a slew of local comedians when it holds a fundraiser this Friday.

 

Charlie Pickering, Em Rusciano, Kate McLennan, Nath Valvo, Rhonda Butchmore and Toby Halligan are set to provide the laughs for the evening. The night aims to raise money so that the VGLRL can work with their partners to represent the LQBTIQ...

Posted 24 Jul 2014 @ 10:42am

So I’ve just come back from the Hercules media screening starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. Here's the official poster:

 

 

And I need some help here. Firstly, what muscle is this:

 

Are normal people supposed to have a muscle there? I’ve pulled my quad before playing soccer but that's on the other side of my leg. I’ve never pulled...

Posted 22 Jul 2014 @ 12:51pm

David Quirk is returning with his show Shaking Hands With Danger for a one-night-only performance next month.

 

Quirk found success the with show at the 2013 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, winning the Piece of Wood award and then claiming the a nomination for the Best of the Fest at Sydney Comedy Festival that year.
 
Shaking Hands With Danger captures a...

Posted 17 Jul 2014 @ 12:59pm

Chadstone Shopping Centre is like Melbourne's very own Russia: it's adopted an aggressive expansion strategy and constantly wants to move into neighbouring civilian areas. But this weekend at Chadstone, Keith Urban will be performing in the shopping centre…as a hologram. Coachella gets Tupac, Chadstone gets Keith Urban. Great. So for this week's Beat Off, here are five shitty shopping centre...

Posted 16 Jul 2014 @ 4:37pm

The inimitable Lawrence Mooney will be trekking around the country later this year.

 

The host of ABC2’s Dirty Laundry Live is back with his show Stupid Liar, one that is jam-packed with outrageous fibs, tall tales and hilarious theories on the myths men need just to stay alive.

Posted 15 Jul 2014 @ 2:24pm

Following a sold-out run at the 2013 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Trevor Noah will return to our shores this October.

 

One of the biggest comedic names to come out of South Africa, Noah will now bring his new show Lost In Translation to Australia.
 
Over his career, Noah has released five hour-long stand-up specials in South Africa (selling more DVDs than...

Posted 15 Jul 2014 @ 9:41am

Bill Bailey will return to Australian shores this October.

 

Last hitting Melbourne in 2012 on his Qualmpeddler tour, his 2014 visit will mark the ninth journey Down Under for the legendary UK comic.
 
Best known to Australian audiences for his work on television shows such as QI and Black Books, Bailey's upcoming tour will see him perform his brand new stand-up show...

Posted 11 Jul 2014 @ 2:36pm

This week, SBS announced that they’ll be airing a British show called Sex Box – where couples have sex inside of a boxed room and have their performance rated by judges afterwards. I’m serious. Three couples per episode have sexy time in this box, watched by three sexperts such as sex advice columnist Dan Savage, and discuss their experience afterwards. Sex Box airs as soon as the World Cup...

Posted 3 Jul 2014 @ 3:56pm

Last week I dabbled in politics, and this week I’m taking on an even heavier issue: Chinese restaurants in the CBD that hang oily ducks in their shop windows. It’s gotta stop. I don’t understand why they do this. Is it tempting anyone? And who came up with the idea?

 

"Duck sales are down. We need a bold, new marketing strategy"

"Let's hang ducks in the restaurant's front...

Posted 3 Jul 2014 @ 9:04am

What is the meaning of life? 
I’m not sure, but I think it has something to do with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and worms.
 
You've just been made Prime Minister of Australia after a bizarre yet strangely believable series of events. What do you do first?
a) Sell the film rights to the ‘bizarre yet strangely believable’ story that has led me to being Prime Minister....

Posted 30 Jun 2014 @ 9:59am

He politely tries to remain poker-faced, but Josh Earl is clearly crestfallen. Only a few weeks earlier, on Friday May 30, ABC programmer Brendan Dahill announced that the relaunched version of the much loved music/comedy programme Spicks & Specks – with Earl replacing Adam Hills as host – was to be axed. Despite positive reviews, the reincarnation apparently hadn’t “resonated with viewers...

Posted 24 Jun 2014 @ 1:11pm

The Doug Anthony Allstars are back.

 

Australian comedy's first superstars, the most brilliant, dangerous, groundbreaking and outrageously funny legends of laughter, have chosen Yarraville Laughs to stage their eagerly awaited comeback shows. 
 
Update: a third show has been added.
 
Update #2: a fourth show has been added.

Posted 18 Jun 2014 @ 4:10pm

This column is for sale.

 

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WORLD CUP PLAYERS AND COACHES WHO SORT OF LOOK LIKE SOAP OPERA STARS

 

Joachim Low, Germany's coach

 

The first time the broadcast cut to Germany's bench, I couldn't believe my eyes. As if juggling his work commitments as a lawyer and raising his social misfit son Seth wasn't hard enough, Sandy...

Posted 18 Jun 2014 @ 12:20pm

Looking for a fresh way to cure that Sunday hangover? We've got the perfect way cap off each weekend in July - Yah Yah's new comedy series Ha Ha's at Yah Yah's.

 

Kate McLennan will take on MC duties while David Quirk, Nick Cody, Josh Earl, Amos Gill, Adam Rozenbachs, Karl Chandler and Tommy Dassalo will all provide the laughs over July.

Posted 17 Jun 2014 @ 3:58pm

What's the worst sex story you've ever had happen to you or have heard about?
I heard a girl got pregnant just from sitting in a spa with a guy who was masturbating, but it was told to me in grade 6 by Mark Fisher. I still don’t believe it. The worst one I’ve been told about – by the person it happened to – was a broken penis. Broken. Not bent. Not rubbed red raw like when you’re trying...

Posted 11 Jun 2014 @ 2:17pm

All this talk about cutting spending in the Budget yet the department responsible for showing "Check the classification closer than the release date" before movie trailers are still at large.

 

"Dude, so pumped for Superman Vs Batman."

"When's it out?"

"Dunno bro but it's rated M."

"Are you sure?"

"I was checking pretty closely."

"Thank god, I...

Posted 11 Jun 2014 @ 1:31pm

Before Jimeoin jets back to Europe, you'll get one last chance to catch him in Yarraville this July. 

 

The show will mark the Irishman's final Australian performance on his 2014 world tour and it will come following his July run as nightly host of SBS World Cup show The Full Brazilian.

Posted 28 May 2014 @ 2:12pm

Gabriel Iglesias will return to our shores, Hawaiian shirt and all, for a tour this September. 

 

Known as the "fluffy comic," Iglesias has been described as electrifying, witty and for his ability to deliver unique side-splitting experiences from start to finish. In addition to an extensive list of television credits, the American comedian has appeared in A Haunted House 2 and...

Posted 22 May 2014 @ 6:12pm

Adam Hills has announced that he will play a rare, one off show in Yarraville this June.

 

An Australian comedy legend, Gold Logie nominated host of the original Spicks & Specks and now even an international TV host, Adam's solo shows are regular highlights at Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe. He is also the only Australia to...

Posted 15 May 2014 @ 11:23am

The LearnToLive Organisation will host its 2nd annual comedy gala next week.

 

Jimeoin, Denise Scott, Josh Earl, Ronny Chieng, Dave Callan and Tina Del Twist will all lend their sense of humour to the night which will be hosted by Sammy J and Randy.
 
LearnToLive is a humanitarian organisation that provides healthcare and education to communities worldwide through the...

Posted 13 May 2014 @ 2:44pm

American Jeff Dunham is one of the biggest comedians and ventriloquists in the world. It’s been a long, hard slog to get to this point in his career, which includes being named one of Forbes’ Top 100 Entertainers in the world. “I’ll be the first to admit, it’s pretty hard to do for a living,” says Dunham, who does his best to discourage budding ventriloquists from the trade to separate the...

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