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Comedy Arts

Posted 13 Mar 2013 @ 4:43pm

After selling out tickets for their first three Melbourne dates, American comedy royalty The Wayans Brothers have announced a fourth and final show at Melbourne's Hamer Hall.

 

Shawn and Marlon Wayans have never before ventured to Australian shores, but will make their debut for this year's Melbourne International Comedy Festival. The siblings are best known for their starring...

Posted 13 Mar 2013 @ 11:14am

As the Melbourne International Comedy Festival gets closer and closer, we get more and more excited here on MICF Daily, your inside track to all things Comedy Festival.

 

Today on MICF Daily, host Mike Brown speaks with New Zealand's FanFiction Comedy group about lessons learnt at last year's...

Posted 6 Mar 2013 @ 1:57pm

Autumn is here, which means another year of laughter with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. This year Beat brings to you MICF Daily - your inside track to everything Comedy Festival. Hosted by Funny Tonne winner Mike Brown, this daily audio show brings you interviews with the festival's...

Posted 4 Mar 2013 @ 9:31am

Following the success Annie The Musical last year, is Trevor Ashley’s newest musical pantomime, Little TrAshley Orphan.

 

Set in the lovely Sutherland Sire orphanage, Trevor Ashley portrays the red-headed wonder Fannie, a ten-year-old girl with gender issues. The musical features a dog called Bullshit, an inebriated head matron, and a dodgy-looking photographer called Daddy...

Posted 1 Mar 2013 @ 10:57am

Every year the Melbourne International Comedy Festival puts a call out for comedy enthusiasts with no life to apply for The Funny Tonne – a competition to see just how many shows it is possible for one person to see during the festival.

 

Applicants are interviewed and a few lucky lads or lasses, oozing stamina and enthusiasm, and once again nothing to do in their lives, get a...

Posted 22 Jan 2013 @ 4:59pm

I don’t want to use the clichéd expression “the rock star of comedy” in this article so instead I’ll impart the message that Russell Brand is “the rock star of comedy” by disguising it as a criticism of that cliché.

 

With the release of his infamous and candid autobiography along with appearances in films such as Get Him To The Greek and Arthur – not to mention marrying and...

Posted 17 Dec 2012 @ 12:36pm

Eddie Perfect and Tripod's harmonious supergroup have added an extra show to their January season.

 

Inspired by their celebrated rendition of Paul Kelly's Meet Me in the Middle of the Air, Perfect Tripod: Australian Songs will feature a set list of iconic Australian hits hand picked and filtered through the unique visions and voices of Scod, Gatesy, Yon and Perfect. The sweet...

Posted 29 Nov 2012 @ 10:43am

Entitled Dear Epson..., the Scottish comedian's 2013 tour will be a satire about the representation of letters.

 

Sounds boring? It's probably not. Bhoy is known for his intelligent wit that satirises popular culture alongside human experience. He has innate timing, deliverance, and knows how not to milk a joke for too long; this has made him a regular visitor to Australia since...

Posted 29 Nov 2012 @ 10:40am

Prepare yourself. Russell Peters is returning to Australia next year.

 

Renowned for his comedic social commentary, the Canadian giant returns to Australia for his world tour, after selling out faster than Madonna in Dubai. 
 
Peters guarantees that there will be no old material, rather new material that's comparable to his old stuff. Therefore, it's guaranteed to be...

Posted 27 Nov 2012 @ 2:37pm

After the success of Woodley, the comically charming Frank Woodley and acrobatically inclined Simon Yates have announced their first on stage collaboration INSIDE.

 

Set in a brutal prison, INSIDE, follows the trials and tribulations of in mates Viktor and Vissilli as they resolve to make their escape. Brought to life with design by Anna Cordingley, acrobatics, stunts, illusions...

Posted 27 Nov 2012 @ 2:01pm

David Strassman has returned to Melbourne for the first time in three years with his new show Careful What You Wish For.  In his latest outing Strassman ventures into alternate realities in search of ventriloquistic (is that a word?) hilarity.

 

Careful What You Wish For features Strassman's regular stable of friends including fan favourite Ted E. Bare and the menacing, acid-...

Posted 22 Nov 2012 @ 10:39am

Sometimes we've wondered what would happen if you shoved several of Australia's veteran comedians into one room and made them battle to the death. No? Oh dear, well Fred Rowan sure has. After all, it's the title of his debut comedy Death of a Comedian.

 

Through series of punchlines, metaphorical broken limbs and competitiveness, several of Australia's best comedians will contend...

Posted 19 Nov 2012 @ 5:33pm

Comedy stars Shawn and Marlon Wayans, the team behind classics such as Scary Movie 1 & 2 and White Chicks, will tour Australia for the first time in 2013.

 

 

Shawn and Marlon Wayans made their acting debut in 1989 in brother Keenen Ivory Wayans’ feature film I’m Gonna Get You Sucka, before joining the cast of the Emmy Award winning comedy series, In Living Color....

Posted 3 Nov 2012 @ 11:17am

Jason Byrne will be bringing holiday humour and festive fun with three performances of his Massive Christmas Special this December.

 

Since 2005, Byrne has annually delivering completely sold out shows for the Melbourne International Comedy, but will not be returning in 2013 due to filming commitments for his sitcom Father Figure. Alas!

Posted 1 Nov 2012 @ 3:52pm

US actor and comedian Tracy Morgan from NBC's 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live will tour Australia for the first time with his stand up show in April next year.

 

As a stand-up comic, Morgan has headlined stand up shows across right America, as well as joining Saturday Night Live in 1996 where he appeared for seven seasons and created such memorable characters as ‘Astronaut Jones...

Posted 18 Oct 2012 @ 8:10am

Acclaimed ventriloquist David Strassman returns with another a dark, twisted comedy of puppetry, Careful What You Wish For.

 

Hailed as “dark, dirty and twisted, rolled into a sandwich of hilarious cuteness” by Golden Carefull What You Wish For jumps into the rabbit hole of comedy filled with alternate realities and parallel universes. Ted E Bare and Chuck Wood lend their voices...

Posted 17 Oct 2012 @ 4:26pm

Presented by Andrew McClelland and DJ Ian Bell, Hang The DJ is a pop-aficionado's dream. The disc-spinning duo present a guided tour of their expertise, offering an intricate yet light-hearted look at life behind the decks.

 

It must be said that the show belongs to McClelland, both his comic background and charisma invaluable to proceedings. He’s the epitome of a natural...

Posted 17 Oct 2012 @ 12:37pm

It’s Wednesday May 2, 2012, and over 32,000 copies of Beat Magazine have been scattered across Melbourne. As readers reach for a copy, they’re confronted by an illustration of a naked man on the cover, with a by-line reading, ‘Sayonara bitches, it’s been real!’. That man was Luke Benge, a former typesetter at Beat, who decided to finish his last day here in a way his predecessors had only...

Posted 16 Oct 2012 @ 10:08am

Stand-up comedy offerings from television personalities, actors, writers, musicians, and random street mimes are always a risk. But would my favourite cartoonist be able to pull it off?

 

First Dog on the Moon is, as many of you will know, the in-house cartoonist for Crikey. He won the 2011 Political Cartooning Award, for what I can only imagine was general awesomeness in his...

Posted 15 Oct 2012 @ 7:25pm

Is masculinity still relevant? This is the question at hand for Simon Taylor’s 1 Man Debate, pitting his masculine side against his feminine side all the while tackling serious issues, gender stereotypes and being funnier than you thought possible.

 

 

Has there ever been a time in our community that we needed to have a laugh about gender roles more than we do now? Taylor...

Posted 15 Oct 2012 @ 8:47am

There may be a lot of young comedians in Melbourne, but you'd be hard pressed to find one who consistently entertains diverse and discerning audiences as well as Michael Connell. And all without working blue. That's right, in a world where stand-up comedy is routinely punctuated by sometimes funny but often unnecessary obscenities, Connell doesn't use a single one in his show. Ever.

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Posted 11 Oct 2012 @ 7:58am

Let's talk about rabbits. They're cute, fluffy creatures. They don't swear profusely, smoke joints or drink to excess, and they most definitely don't wear AC/DC t-shirts.

 

But here's the thing: Bill is not your lettuce-nibbling, downy-eared, garden-variety rabbit. Brought up by bogans in the hot, dry wastes of Alice Springs, he has shed all ties to his rabbit brethren and...

Posted 10 Oct 2012 @ 2:30pm

Self-proclaimed actor/writer/director/producer Charles Barrington returns to charm audiences with another unique hour of stand-up comedy.

 

Barrington’s authoritative drawl is his calling card as a comic performer. Essentially, Barrington’s languid delivery accounts for one aspect of a carefully crafted persona. Combined with a dazed stage demeanor and a look bringing together...

Posted 10 Oct 2012 @ 2:28pm

How To Get Rich is the tale of Aleisha McCormack’s investment in Richard, a London based fella who she flew 24 hours to meet IRL after a four month internet based relationship.

 

 

There is so much to love about this show - great direction from Julia Zemiro, self-deprecating humour, almost too-real portrayals of “those women”, a hilarious special guest with great advice...

Posted 10 Oct 2012 @ 12:43pm

There's comfort in knowing Two Guys, a Girl and a Microphone is exactly as promised, showcasing the wares of up-and-coming comedians Sam Petersen, Roland Hoffman and Lauren Bok. However, it's equally true that this is an hour lacking in ingenuity and imagination, serving up the bare minimum expected of a stand-up ensemble.

 

The format of Two Guys... is intriguing. It's a show...

Posted 10 Oct 2012 @ 9:11am

Dr.Brown's family-friendly venture fuses his award-winning physical comedy with good, wholesome fun. 

 

Stuart Bowden plays a singing, ukulele-strumming tiger, the friendly MC of proceedings. He sports an unusually nervous disposition, flustered in the face of Dr.Brown's antics. Where Bowden does his best to keep everything together, Brown plays an endearing agent of chaos,...

Posted 10 Oct 2012 @ 9:09am

2012 has seen Befrdfgth conquer both the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Edinburgh, solidifying Dr.Brown's status as one of the hottest comedy prospects around. The master of madcap mischief recently staged a successful homecoming, with a return season of his celebrated show at the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

 

Befrdfgth is an imaginative, ambitious spectacle based...

Posted 9 Oct 2012 @ 3:33pm

On her trip to ‘cooldom’ Dr Kenzie Larsen realised there was an acute formula to becoming someone’s friend. It consisted of the standard fabrication of stories we weave as children to ‘fit in’ and remain one of those children within the crowd that everyone wants to befriend. Overcome with her revelation, Dr Larsen established a seminar entitled Friend Ship to help people who “have no friends”...

Posted 9 Oct 2012 @ 3:32pm

Approximately one out of four Australians have immigrated from another country, this equates for a grand 5.5 million of Australia’s approximate 22 million population. Therefore, it’s no surprise that growing up an immigrant in Australia is as much part of the Australian story as its colonisation. Singing 5 Ways To Disappoint Your Vietnamese Mother is one of these Australian stories, as told by...

Posted 2 Oct 2012 @ 4:38pm

The team from Slow Clap are back, presenting quirky, schizophrenic comedy at its finest. Truth, a sold-out sensation at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, looks poised to conquer this year's Melbourne Fringe Festival.

 

But where to even begin? Dissecting Truth for review is the epitome of a writer’s nightmare: say too little and you’ve not awarded the show due praise....

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