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Comedy Festival 2017

Posted 24 Apr 2017 @ 10:17am

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Walking into Magic Steven’s show, audience members are instantly subject to a dark, quiet space, meditative music faintly backgrounding, a single mic and full glass of water. It is here we suspect an insight of thoughts, discussion perhaps? And out comes Magic Steven, of simple neat wear, yet both shoelaces unlaced, dragging against the floor as he approaches the...

Posted 21 Apr 2017 @ 10:53am

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is back and Beat Magazine is proud to present MICF Menu – your inside track to all the delectable treats of this year’s festival season. Hope you’ve left some room since last festival, because this year’s program serves up a veritable smorgasbord of shows. I’m Nick Mason and I’ll be previewing each day of the festival before it happens, from...

Posted 20 Apr 2017 @ 5:41pm

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Best known for his TV work (QI, Never Mind The Buzzcocks), the hilarious Phill Jupitus has made a fantastic first (in-person) impression with Australian audiences.
 
Jupitus’ style isn’t one of quick-fire gags – he’s a meandering storyteller, favouring a slow-burn approach. He plays to his strengths as a wonderfully charismatic speaker, his audience hanging off...

Posted 20 Apr 2017 @ 5:34pm

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Don’t be fooled by the laid-back Californian drawl, Arj Barker is a comedian who genuinely cares about his craft. Checking his dictaphone repeatedly upon arriving on stage, Barker explains that he records his shows to constantly improve.
 
And a carefully constructed show it is. Barker has worked hard on Organic – he tells us various times throughout – including...

Posted 20 Apr 2017 @ 5:29pm

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Cooking For No One is the solo show from one half of the acclaimed improv duo The Bear Pack, Carlo Ritchie. In this engrossing and rib-tickling hour of storytelling, Ritchie steps out on his own to great success.
 
Ritchie is an articulate gentleman, whose chief specialty as a solo performer is spinning an entertaining yarn. That much is clear from the outset,...

Posted 20 Apr 2017 @ 3:28pm

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The sheer size of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival gives power to its patrons to take a chance and find some hidden gems. This amusing hour from Nic Sampson definitely rates as a satisfying treat begging to be discovered, boasting a deceptively complex blend of stand-up and theatre.
 
First, a word about Sampson’s venue: he’s forced to make the best...

Posted 20 Apr 2017 @ 2:27pm

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From the moment Geraldine Quinn sprints from behind the theatre curtain, your attention is entirely forfeit to her surreal, sequin-studded domain of cabaret. Her wide-eyed energy fills every spare crevice of the room, bounding between stage and audience with a bombastic euphoria.
 
Across the course of the one-hour show, Quinn wittily whisks us through the...

Posted 20 Apr 2017 @ 2:18pm

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Table 17! is a play about the volatility of "black sheep" at wedding receptions, with a table of clashing misfits in the back corner – including poisonous aunts, drunk uncles and disapproving sisters – edging closer to spilling some serious family secrets before the day's done.
 
With a premise based on real events, the stage should be set and primed for some...

Posted 20 Apr 2017 @ 2:08pm

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Personality can be a powerful, transformative presence – it can fill a room, ease against the boundaries of its walls and stretch a cupboard into a stadium.
  
When the audience enters Michael Chamberlin's world, he addresses its formal nature – it's modestly sized with frumpy decor and the air-conditioner makes a weird grinding sound every five minutes or so....

Posted 20 Apr 2017 @ 11:53am

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is back and Beat Magazine is proud to present MICF Menu - your inside track to all the delectable treats of this year’s festival season. Hope you’ve left some room since last festival, because this year’s program serves up a veritable smorgasbord of shows. I’m Nick Mason and I’ll be previewing each day of the festival before it happens, from...

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