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MICF 2017

Posted 12 Apr 2017 @ 1:20pm

Fresh from sell out shows at the 2016 Melbourne Fringe and Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Matt Stewart brings his downbeat and wry comedy sensibilities to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival with his first ever solo show, Pretty Dry.

 

“In some ways it’s like a dream doing a solo show at the Comedy Festival,” Stewart says. “I felt I was ready.” The show is the...

Posted 5 Apr 2017 @ 12:55pm

Tell us about your show. It's a unique mix of stand-up, musical comedy and sketch. So there's something in there for the whole family. Except kids –  they will be scarred for life.
 
When was the idea for the show born? I worked really hard in pursuing comedy as a career last year and found I was only taking little steps to where I'd like to be, which is fine, it takes time. It...

Posted 5 Apr 2017 @ 11:41am

Since appearing in 2011, Aunty Donna have built a sizeable following with their brand of absurd, endlessly quotable sketch comedy. Between their viral YouTube videos and their critically acclaimed live shows, the group have become a staple of the festival scene and a standard feature of group chats around the world. To borrow one of their best-known lines, the Donna boys have done very well...

Posted 30 Mar 2017 @ 1:10pm

Tell us about your show. The show is about growing up culturally – but not religiously – Jewish, and the career expectations that stem from that upbringing. I graduated from Monash University with a law degree and quickly realised I would never be happy in that career. The show is about my transition from law to comedy. It’s comedy from the mean streets of East St Kilda.
 
How did...

Posted 29 Mar 2017 @ 11:20am

The day after Trump got elected, you were probably going on with your day, perhaps browsing bomb shelter catalogues. Simon Taylor, however, was in the City of Angels, jumping fences to avoid being arrested by the riot police.

 

“I was going to check it out, see what was happening, take some photos,” he explains. “Then all of a sudden I’m on the 101 freeway with all these young...

Posted 29 Mar 2017 @ 11:13am

 “Comedy is important for the maintenance of sanity, though being a comedian during times like these does feel slightly like being a violinist playing as the Titanic sinks,” says stand-up comedian Ahir Shah.

 

In the past ten years, Shah has made a name for himself in the UK as a political and social commentator, capped off with thought-provoking humour and articulate delivery....

Posted 29 Mar 2017 @ 11:08am

Giant Dwarf has its fingers in a lot of pies: they're a production company and the outfit behind the Chaser, they run their own indie theatre, as well as repping a bunch of razor-sharp comedians, and they're set to showcase their stable of talent during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

 

First cab off the rank is comedian, actor and improv extraordinaire Fran...

Posted 29 Mar 2017 @ 11:03am

On Thursday afternoon, Damien Power is decompressing after tackling the Melbourne International Comedy Gala for the very first time. It means a lot to him – but it’s been no bed of roses.

 

“It’s a fantastic privilege and honour to be on the Gala and to have done that in your career, but the actual experience of it is incredibly nerve-racking,” Power laughs. “I don’t think a lot...

Posted 29 Mar 2017 @ 10:52am

One of the greatest aspects of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is the plethora of side-splitting special events that bring together comedians from all walks of life. From festival mainstays like The Great Debate and Good Az Friday, to the female-focussed Upfront and Indigenous showcase Deadly Funny – there’s never been more options to get a diverse taste of funnies in the one place...

Posted 29 Mar 2017 @ 10:39am

If you’re planning to go out and enjoy some of the world’s best comedians, you might as well pair that with food that’s just as good. The Melbourne International Comedy Festival has teamed up with some of the finest haunts in town. Here’s our pick of the bunch.

 

The Carlton Club
Boasting five spaces across...

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