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Posted 17 Oct 2013 @ 10:43am

It's easy to misjudge Rob Schneider. Best known for his vulgar and dim-witted characters in films such as Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, The Hot Chick, and Grown Ups, Schneider as a person is often met with preconceived notions of his intellect and temperament. "The characters that I play are always slightly less-than, which is not necessarily who I am," he notes. "People get stuck, they have to...

Posted 16 Oct 2013 @ 9:04am

“Hey A$AP Lachlan… do you know I roll deep with the A$AP Family?” The tweet that popped up in my notifications hours before my scheduled interview time with Kathy Griffin made it clear that I wasn’t the only one putting in research time. The inspiration behind my Twitter handle, A$AP Lachy, became the initial talking point of our rapid-fire chat. Turns out Kathy wasn’t lying about being tight...

Posted 11 Oct 2013 @ 3:56pm

Following hints on Rosie O'Donnell's Twitter back in September, Frontier Touring have confirmed that Rosie O'Donell will be touring Australia next year.

 

The Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Rosie O'Donnell Show star will be returning to Australia with her light-hearted banter about politics, pop culture and whatever fancies her whims that night.
 
Born in 1962 to two...

Posted 10 Oct 2013 @ 2:16pm

Will you be aged between 14 – 18 years next year and have a gift for comedy? Maybe you should consider registering for Melbourne International Comedy Festival Class Clowns.

 

Supported by Arts Victoria, Class Clowns is part of MICF’s education program; a program focused on discovering the next Australian comedian and providing them with mentorship to turn them into something...

Posted 30 Sep 2013 @ 8:56pm

One of the most original and distinctive stars on television, radio and the stage in the UK, Jimmy Carr is set to tour Australia for the first time with his hit solo show, Gagging Order.

 

Over the past 10 years, Jimmy Carr has deservedly earned his place amongst the very best of British comics. His stand-up achievements to date include a British Comedy Award for Best Live Stand...

Posted 25 Sep 2013 @ 9:53am

★★★

 

Simon Taylor’s Fringe Festival show is fairly straightforward: it’s an hour of all-new stand-up comedy, perfectly funny and satisfying from start to finish. In fusing sharp observational comedy with true-to-life offbeat tales, Taylor proves his credentials as an accomplished comic performer.
 
Crucially, he exudes a certain cool, seemingly in his element before...

Posted 24 Sep 2013 @ 10:18am

★★★★

 

In The Yeti, comedy veteran Tony Martin - a hapless crazy-character-magnet - recalls a mind-boggling tale of domestic lunacy. It’s a story taken from Martin’s book Lolly Scramble, transformed into a funny and memorable monologue fit for anyone craving light-entertainment.
 
Martin is the level-headed voice of reason, lifting the lid on an extraordinary boarding...

Posted 9 Sep 2013 @ 9:36am

Michael McIntyre is considered one of top comedians in the UK at the moment, and for the first time ever he is coming to Australia with his brand of impeccable wit.

 

McIntyre is known for his honest and anecdotal comedy, coupled with a well-paced, sharp wit. His comedy has earned him appearances on The Royal Variety Performance and won him many awards and nominations, including...

Posted 27 Aug 2013 @ 4:40pm

Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, the popular stars of Whose Line Is It Anyway? have teamed up to present an evening of extraordinary improvisational comedy for their first Australian tour.

 

After several years of prime time exposure with the television series, Colin & Brad have solidified their fan base by touring with their hilarious live improv show – nothing matches the...

Posted 27 Aug 2013 @ 1:54pm

Following a sold out tour in 2011 Emmy-nominated actor Rob Schneider, well known for his trademark blend of character and comedic acting, will return for a national tour later this year.

 

Schneider is well known for his longtime relationship with Adam Sandler and Sandler’s production company, Happy Madison. Schneider has starred in several Happy Madison projects, including...

Posted 26 Aug 2013 @ 2:02pm

Irish comedian, Tommy Tiernan, is returning to Australia this October with his latest show Stray Sod.

 

Considered a master of his trade, Tiernan is known for his energetic, fast-paced and relatable anecdotal performances that remind you life is pretty damn funny. Stray Sod will delve into the meaning of this metaphor — a contemporary fantasy reference originating from Celtic...

Posted 21 Aug 2013 @ 2:44pm

Tom Gleeson and Cal Wilson are coming to The Yarraville Club 

 

Declared by the Sydney Morning Herald as “the nations No 1 live comedian right now”, Gleeson has been entertaining us as a regular host on Channel Ten’s The Project and This Week Live.
 
Cal Wilson is known for her appearances on Good News Week, impromptu-comedy show Thank God You’re Here and Spicks and...

Posted 23 Jul 2013 @ 10:23am

For two weeks of each month over spring, Knock Knock Comedy will be bringing some of the country’s best loved funny guys and gals to suburban venues across the city.

 

The September shows will be headlined by Fiona O’Loughlin, with Bev Killick stealing the spotlight for one show on Thursday September 5. RockWiz’s Brian Nankervic will MC week one, and Lawrence Mooney will take the...

Posted 13 Jul 2013 @ 11:18am

Three leading ladies of Australian comedy - Hannah Gadsby, Denise Scott and Effie - will be performing in one weekend at The Yarraville Club.

 

Kicking things off in loud obnoxious style, will be Effie (in the company of Gab Rossi) on Friday July 19. Then on Saturday night Gadsby and Scott will take to the stage, joined by Rusty (Scared Weird Little Guys) for a night of lols....

Posted 1 Jul 2013 @ 12:14pm

Comedian, musician and actor Stephen Lynch has announced an Australian tour for this August.

 

Entitled, Stephen Lynch Live!, the show will be a blend of the music, comedy and plain absurdity, whether Lynch is singing an ode to tattoos or lamenting about his new vegan lifestyle.
 
Born from the holy union of a former nun and priest, Lynch has been entertaining the...

Posted 28 Jun 2013 @ 4:02pm

Russell Howard will be coming to Australia for his first ever national tour next year.

 

Entitled Wonderbox, the affable Brit will be returning to Melbourne with his contagious brand of energetic and interactive humour that received a Barry Award nomination for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival back in 2007.
 
Russell Howard is known for acclaimed show,...

Posted 24 Jun 2013 @ 12:46pm

David Quirk is returning with his riveting show, Shaking Hands With Danger, for a one-night-only performance at The Butterfly Club this July.

 

Quirk found his success at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival early this year, winning the Piece of Wood Award, then claiming the a nomination spot for the Best of the Fest at Sydney Comedy Festival earlier this year. 
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Posted 9 May 2013 @ 2:54pm

After smashing it at the MICF some of Australia's funniest comedians are collaborating for Comedy Bites Dog, hosted at The Comics Lounge this month.

 

Highlights on this year's bill include Bev Killick, Julia Morris, Greg Fleet, Dave Hughes, Sammy J, and Arj Barker. Of course there will be many more, but that's a surprise.

Posted 6 May 2013 @ 3:29pm

LearnToLive, a humanitarian organisation focused on healthcare and education, have collaborate with comedians and Revolt Artspace to present LearnToLive Australia.

 

Hosted by Sammy J & Randy, LearnToLive will feature the witticisms of Frank Woodley, Paul McDermott & Gatesy, Denise Scott, Tina Del Twist and Chewbacca lookalike Dave Callan....

Posted 19 Apr 2013 @ 4:47pm

Famed for his appearances in Shallow Hal and Pretty Woman (lol), legendary actor/comedian Jason Alexander has announced his fourth tour of Australia.

 

For real, Jason Alexander – better known as probably the best character in the history of television, George Costanza – will star in An Evening with Jason Alexander & His Hair, a comedy variety show that features stand-up...

Posted 11 Apr 2013 @ 9:56am

Comedian Eddie Perfect is bringing back his creation Shane Warne The Musical for a 2013 season.

 

 

Reworked into a new concert style presentation, Eddie Perfect heads up an exceptional cast. including Lisa McCune as Simone Warne and Shane Jacobson as Terry Jenner. to re-imagine Shane Warne The Musical as the epic, hero-worshiping, PR spinning, celebrity-slaying, satirical...

Posted 9 Apr 2013 @ 1:09pm

A month ago, I applied to be a contestant in the Funny Tonne – a comedy festival initiative where three of us race to see as many shows at MICF as we can. Whoever has the emptiest life and most spare time – wins. Just like most things in my life, I sort of jokingly applied, threw in a dick joke, and nek...

Posted 9 Apr 2013 @ 12:59pm

The long awaited apocalypse is looming and the Church of the Filius Dei Nullius are waiting to kindly escort you on your journey to heaven...and to cash in on your fear. You don’t need wallets in heaven right?  The clever comedy duo Christian Bagin and John Forman come together as Dun Dun Daa productions to bring there dry and sometimes dark humour to the stage at the Melbourne International...

Posted 9 Apr 2013 @ 12:55pm

Somehow I missed the Pajama Men in 2009, when they won the Barry Award, and again in every show they’ve done in Melbourne since. But if Just the Two of Each of Us is indicative (pretty certain it is) then I finally get why all the fuss, etc.

 

Wearing pyjamas, and with no set and only a couple of chairs as props (and the occasional keyboard tinkling of their on-stage musician),...

Posted 9 Apr 2013 @ 12:52pm

Hannah Gadsby is that girl you want to be your best friend. She’s funny, but not at other people’s expense. She’s interesting, but not in the “I go to bondage nights for kicks” kinda way. She’s vulnerable, but in a manner that has the audience rooting for her. When she tells a story it’s not hyperbolic and not overly embellished. Happiness Is A Bedside Table is enthralling, witty and dare I...

Posted 9 Apr 2013 @ 12:47pm

I've loved Fawlty Towers as long as I can remember, but I've always been somewhat scared to attend the Faulty Towers - The Dining Experience. I didn't know that spending a night being abused by a John Cleese lookalike and trying to explain my order to a faux-Manuel would be that enjoyable. But I was wrong.

 

The hugely successful Dining Experience was created in Brisbane and has...

Posted 9 Apr 2013 @ 12:42pm

Dave Bloustien’s Grand Guignol was meant to play at last year’s comedy festival, but wasn’t ready in time. So, 12 extra months of fine-tuning and a season at the Adelaide Fringe, and it’d be fair to expect a pinpoint-polished performance, right? Not so much. But the charm of Dave Bloustien is such that a little shambolocism actually does wonders for the show.

 

And what a lovely...

Posted 9 Apr 2013 @ 12:36pm

The Comedy Zone provides a tantalising tasting plate of comedians discovered through RAW Comedy and Class Clown competitions. Five comedians ­take to the stage to give you a veritable concoction of the finest up-and-comers.

 

Amos Gill was the chosen MC. His friendly smile assured the audience that though he is young, he’s got this. We were right to trust him. His presence was...

Posted 9 Apr 2013 @ 12:32pm

Debra Batton and Catherine Magill return as Such N Such for She Knows Too Much, their Comedy Festival debut about life and its frustrations. However, just like life, it’s pretty disappointing too.

 

Despite having frequented The Butterfly Club with their endearing tirades, the ladies are disenchanting. Either their catastrophic brand of humour elicits laughs or none whatsoever....

Posted 20 Mar 2013 @ 9:26am

We are one week and counting until the Melbourne International Comedy Festival gets underway, and with the festival so close we have one last long-form edition of MICF Daily.

 

Today's show is the MICF Daily Festival Preview - a guide to what's trending, who's flying over, and what's popular at this year's Comedy Festival. Mike is joined by festival experts...

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