Signor Baffo makes its Australian debut for Comedy Festival

Subscribe
X

Get the latest from Beat

Signor Baffo makes its Australian debut for Comedy Festival

There’s chaos in the kitchen when Signor Baffo is left in charge. Expect plates-full of fun with generous helpings of mischief and adventure.

With a long list of jobs to complete for his boss, he enlists some young helpers from the audience (swiftly dressed in mini chefs uniform and complete with stick on moustache!) which results in lots of messy fun.

Signor Baffo

  • Fri 29 Mar – Sun 31 Mar: 1.30pm;
  • Tue 2 Apr – Sun 7 Apr: 1.30pm;
  • Tue 9 Apr – Sun 14 Apr: 1.30pm
  • ACMI – Swinburne Studio, Fed Square, Melbourne

Explore Melbourne’s latest arts and stage news, features, festivals, interviews and reviews here.

What’s the best way to mix meatballs with spaghetti? How do you make a chicken lay an egg, and how does a sausage roll? All is revealed in the charming culinary chaos of Signor Baffo’s kitchen.

In this supremely silly interactive children’s show, expect generous helpings of fun, mischief and adventure.

For tickets, head here.

Kit Richards on the art of musical comedy: ‘It’s just way more fun’

Kit Richards is the mastermind behind the acclaimed musical comedies, Scandal! A Reflection on Essendon’s Doping Saga: The Musical? and Wool! A History of Australia’s Wool Industry: The Musical.

Those netted her the 2021 Moosehead Award and a nomination for Best Cabaret Writing at the 2019 Green Room Awards respectively, honours which coincide nicely with her celebrated work as a writer for Hard Quiz and The 1% Club, among other television comedies.

Her new show, One Small Beer, Thanks ditches the narrative format for a jukebox celebration of weird and wonderful hyper-niche musicals she hasn’t quite written yet. It’s one of our top recommendations for the upcoming Melbourne International Comedy Festival, so we thought we better let Kit explain it herself.

Kit Richards – One Small Beer, Thanks

  • 10-21 April (no show Mon/Tues) 9:30pm (8:30 Sundays)
  • Theory Bar, Meyers Place
  • Tickets here

Why musical comedy?

I have two answers to this. My real answer is I did stand up for years but I ended up finding it too boring. All of my favourite comedians are musical comedians, so that was the obvious path to follow. The silly answer is that I have the voice of an angel and it’s my duty to share it with the world.

What are the particular challenges and benefits?

The obvious challenge is that you have to make something funny that also rhymes. The less obvious challenge is finding material that works in song format. Not every story or joke can be a song, you don’t just want to have one punchline in a song so the idea has to be substantial enough to have many laughs throughout.
The benefits are that it’s easier to remember the lyrics to a song than a stand-up bit. Songs also have replayability, meaning that you can use old material and people will still want to hear it. It’s also just way more fun.

How do you go about striking the balance between musical and comedic quality? Or are they totally in sync?

I think that in an ideal world, the song should stand alone as a good song. But also, the music is as important to making the song funny as the lyrics. Making a really intense ballad about something stupid. Using sound effects and the way you sing to emphasise the punchlines. There are many ways to use it to your advantage, but ultimately the music and the lyrics should complement each other.

Tell us as much as you can about One Small Beer, Thanks?

It’s a jukebox show full of songs from hyper-niche musicals I haven’t written yet. It features songs such as ‘Billionaire Chicken Heiress’ from the unwritten musical Ingham: A Drumstick Dynasty, ‘Mum Brought the Babyccino to Sydney’ from the unwritten musical Mum-oir: A Musical Mum-Themed Memoir and ‘Is There Real Estate in Heaven?’ from the unwritten (and Tony-winning, theoretically) show Boomer: The Musical.

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Kit (@kitrichardscomedy)

What does the title refer to?

It’s an in-joke with myself. I’m a small girl with a very low tolerance for alcohol, so when I go to pubs, I’ll start by saying “can I have a pot of pale ale please?” and sometimes, depending on the pub, they’ll say “we only have schooners” and depending on how fearless I’m feeling, I like to reply with “I’ll just have one small beer, thanks”. Usually I just say “yeah that’s fine, no worries.”

After tackling subjects like the wool industry and the Essendon doping scandal, it seems like you’re turning your focus inwards. If so, how has that process felt?

It’s a lot less research, let me say that much. My last show The Nicest Guy in Comedy was completely based on my personal experiences, and it ended up being very draining. This time, I’m just finding subject matter that makes me laugh and go from there. This is my first non-narrative show, which I’m finding a lot more challenging, but also very creatively freeing.

How does writing for TV influence your stand up?

The best part of writing for Hard Quiz is that my whole job is to deep-dive people’s personal obsessions. Sometimes you find stories that you never would’ve heard of otherwise, which is great for finding material.

What’s the biggest misconception people have about being a comedian?

That you have to be a funny person to do it. I’ve met a lot of comedians who aren’t funny when you speak to them, but who understand humour and know how to write a joke. I’m not one of them, I’m very funny in person, but that’s one thing that shocked me when I started.

What’s the weirdest story from your comedy career?

I did a trial show for my Essendon doping saga musical and one of the players came, and he happened to be the only one I name-checked more than once. He loved it and said that I did him and the team proud. He was also so hot up close. It was too much.

Do you have an amusing heckler story?

My first show was about the history of Australia’s wool industry and I mentioned up top, first monologue, that it was only 70% accurate; but one night a man decided to fact-check me the whole way through. Luckily, he was only mumbling loud enough for me to hear but it was wild.

Someone sees you perform, then they tell their friend about you… what do they say?

Great voice, an OK instrumentalist. Very funny and relaxed onstage presence. Also, I’m in love with her.

Can you provide a shameless plug to get our audience excited?

One Small Beer, Thanks debuts at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, 10-21 April (no show Mon/Tues) 9:30pm (8:30 Sundays) at Theory Bar, Meyers Place. Tickets here.

You can follow Kit on Instagram (@kitrichardscomedy) or Tiktok (@k_richo) for sneak peaks, previous performances, behind-the-scenes content and promo offers. If I can get my act together, I’ll also be giving out a free friendship bracelet with every ticket.

This article was made in partnership with Kit Richards.

Sound Minds

Come and connect with the music community as we explore the highs and lows of working in music with a fireside chat packed with warmth, honesty and humour, a live Q&A session, and opportunities to network & connect with other music industry workers.

This session’s theme is UNEXPECTED, Support Act’s very own Tim Coutts-Smith will be joined by the incredible, Sosefina Fuamoli for a fireside chat and live Q&A. + interactive activities to help you meet and connect with other folks in music.

Stand Up Comedy – Dinner & Show

Exclusively One Night Only!!!
Don’t miss TV legend Troy Kinne live for a night of laughs.
Wednesday evening March 20th. Dinner & Show $70. BOOK NOW!!
Booking link below. Doors Open 6pm – Dinner & Show 7pm.
Tables are limited!!

Montania Café Bar Restaurant
Est. 2000
The No. 1 restaurant on TripAdvisor &
Ferntree Gully’s most awarded restaurant

Fully Licensed. Tickets via link

Alanna Malkoc & Reload

1st Thursday of the month we slay celebrating all emerging artists at Mamma Chen’s in Footscray.
March’s line-up features Alanna Malkoc & Reload & Crystal Ship!

Alanna Malkoc is an alternative indie pop artist from Melbourne who is currently campaigning songs to be released on her upcoming album. Having released three singles already, Alanna Malkoc has gained popularity from her newest release ‘Goodbye’. The headlining act will consist of Alanna Malkoc and her backing band Reload who are sure to make you dance and sing-along to some unreleased and already released tracks.

The Crystal Ship is a new psychedelic/ indie rock band hailing from all parts of the world to create a new unique sound. Following up from gigs at The Espy and The Nevermind bar, they make their way to Mama Chen’s with a collection of new material opening for Alanna Malkoc.

Come along and show your support for emerging Naarm artists!

VENUE ACCESS PAGE

Mamma Chen’s acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and the Bunurong peoples of the Kulin Nation, the true owners of the land that we live and operate on. We would like to pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Hume Blues Club: 10th Anniversary Festival

Hume Blues Club are celebrating their 10 anniversary with a free mini festival at their regular venue at Thornbury Bowls Club. A long time supporter of Australian Blues music the Hume Blues Club anniversary will be a special event. Food & drinks at very reasonable prices, come along for 6 hours of great music and good times.

Hume Blues Club

Weekly Blues jam, plus professional feature act.

Incognita@Montsalvat: Hagen Technique Intensive

Interested in learning an acting technique that is portable and applicable to both stage and screen? Looking for a solid foundation for your acting craft that has been used by Oscar, Emmy and Tony-winning actors across the world in theatre, film and television? Or just want to brush up on your understanding of the foundations of Uta Hagen’s work and revive your actor’s toolkit? Acclaimed teachers and actors, Sarah Hallam, Sass Pinci and Phoebe Anne Taylor have created the new course Hagen Technique Intensive as part of the Incognita@Montsalvat program and bookings are now open.

Come join Sarah, Sass and Phoebe in a fun, supportive and transformational space and learn the safe and empowering techniques that have formed the bedrock of the work of actors such as Sigourney Weaver, Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, Liza Minelli, F. Murray Abraham, Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway, Gene Hackman, Matthew Broderick, Whoopi Goldberg and Gene Wilder, among others (all students of Uta Hagen).

Sarah, Sass and Phoebe are part of a direct lineage of teaching Hagen’s system, learning extensively from Howard Fine, whom Uta Hagan personally mentored in teaching her technique. Howard Fine continues to use Hagen’s work and philosophy as the foundation of his own actor training, working with actors such as Brad Pitt, Austin Butler, Gal Gadot, Carla Gugino, Michael Chiklis, Jennifer Connelly, Will Smith, Bradley Cooper and Chris Pine among many others.

“In terms of theories, I’ve found one book that I can read and not be hurt by and that’s Respect for Acting.” – Alan Rickman talking about Uta Hagen’s first book

CLASS INFORMATION:
Students will work intensively learning the basics of Hagen technique with highly respected teachers Sarah Hallam (handpicked by Howard Fine to become his first Australian teacher of his technique, teacher at the Howard Fine Acting Studio Australia), Sass Pinci (Howard Fine Acting Studio Australia Full Time Graduate, on faculty at Howard Fine Acting Studio Australia and directly taught by Howard Fine) and Phoebe Taylor (Graduate of the Howard Fine Acting Studio Full Time Program, directly taught by Howard Fine).

Beginners welcome, as the work will be tailored to each individual student and where they are at with acting technique in general. Older teenagers (17+) are also welcome to participate.

OUTCOME: The chance to achieve a deeper understanding of Hagen Technique at a professional level, learning from a direct lineage from Uta Hagen herself, adding portable tools to your acting toolbox that will be useful in performance on stage and screen, learning through experience.

More information & bookings.

LAUNDRY Saturdays

Melbourne’s home of rap, trap, hip hop & afrobeats

Booth and birthday packages available

STRICTLY 18+ // NO ID, NO ENTRY // NO REFUNDS

[Laundry Bar is an inclusive venue. Racist, sexist, ableist, homophobic or transphobic behaviour or attitudes will not be tolerated. Please see our staff or security if someone is making you uncomfortable.]

[ IG > @THELAUNDRYBAR | @LNDRY.CLUB ]

[ SPOTIFY ]

[SOUNDCLOUD > laundrybarfitzroy ]

[VIP BOOTHS / GUESTLIST] DM US – OR PAY & BOOK ONLINE

Immerse yourself in Art Late: Art Gallery of Ballarat’s new after-hours experience

From 2 March to 2 June, the series will deliver an evening of sensory delights, where contemporary indie bands and evocative photography collide to create an unforgettable experience.

Louise Tegart, the Gallery Director, describes Art Late as an invitation for visitors to explore the Gallery in a new light, emphasising the element of curiosity and discovery. “Art Late is about curiosity and discovery,” she says, “With our schedule of exhibitions for 2024, we wanted to enhance the visitor experience with a series of late-night encounters, highlighting the Gallery in a new light.

“We encourage visitors to wander the gallery after work and take part in an art making activity, or enjoy a band, our inspired menu and curated bar and be a part of something special.”

Stay up to date with what’s happening in and around Melbourne here.

Kicking off the series are two compelling Australian indie bands, Gut Health and The Belair Lip Bombs. On 16 March, delve into the hypnotic sounds of Gut Health, a six-piece ensemble hailing from the Naarm/Melbourne underground scene. Their sonically daring, visually adventurous performance promises to transport you into a world of post-punk edge and raw energy.

Following suit on 13 April, The Belair Lip Bombs take the stage with their masterful melodies that weave stories of longing and self-discovery. Fresh from their successful stint at SXSW in the US, this indie band promises an enthralling performance that intertwines evocative narratives with indie arrangements, leaving you spellbound.

The choice of Gut Health and The Belair Lip Bombs as the featured bands was inspired by the essence of New York and the themes portrayed in Nan Goldin’s exhibition. Tegart explains, “We curated an Art Late lineup for March and April with the Nan Goldin exhibition and New York as the inspiration behind selecting the bands and style of music.

“Gut Health is a major supporter of the LGBTQI+ community and culture development and we are honoured to have them as part of our inaugural Art Late series, their music resonates with the in-depth documentary-style photographs of New York underground in the 1970s and ‘80s taken by Nan Goldin and on display right now.”

 

Central to the Art Late series is Nan Goldin’s groundbreaking exhibition, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency. Making its Victorian debut in Ballarat as part of PHOTO 2024, this highly anticipated showcase delves into Goldin’s exploration of subcultures, moments of intimacy, and the impact of societal issues like HIV/AIDS and opioid epidemics. Goldin’s deeply personal and candid portraiture acts as a visual autobiography, inviting viewers into her world of love, empathy, and the struggles of human relationships.

The Ballad of Sexual Dependency began life as a slide show and was published as a now-iconic book in 1986 that established Goldin as a major contemporary artist. Goldin refers to The Ballad as her ‘public diary’, stating that her photographs ‘come out of relationships, not observation’.

“The Ballad was Goldin’s first book and remains her best known, a benchmark in the narrative of the private and public self. She is currently an activist who has used her status as an artist to radically change the landscape of the American and European art world,” Tegart explains. “Goldin’s much-publicised war on the billionaire Sackler dynasty, whose company, Purdue Pharma, fuelled the deadly opioid epidemic in America, has resulted in the family’s name being removed from a raft of major galleries and museums, including the Tate, the Louvre and the Guggenheim.”

Curated by Anne O’Hehir of the National Gallery of Australia, this exhibition offers a poignant tribute to the losses experienced by Goldin and her community while serving as a powerful tool for social activism. Goldin’s work transcends mere observation; it emanates from relationships and serves as a testament to the enduring human spirit amidst adversity.

When asked about the significance of Nan Goldin’s exhibition, Tegart highlights its ability to resonate deeply with audiences.

“Audiences will be moved by Nan’s work,” she states, “The compelling nature of Nan’s work is that she pulls no punches – she captures the good and bad sides of love and friendship as well as the devastating effects of addiction and loss of loved ones. Her work pulls you into a time and place and the relationships she held and lost.”

Reflecting on the broader goals of the PHOTO International Festival of Photography and its alignment with the mission of the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Tegart emphasises the importance of universal access and progressive conversations. “Photography is a great way to interrogate and challenge the society we live in,” she explains, “and through this, we grow as a community.”

In addition to the captivating exhibitions and live music performances, Art Late offers a culinary journey with supper, sweets, and drinks to complement the evening’s festivities. Priced at $50 for the show, exhibition, and supper, with drinks available at bar prices, it’s an all-encompassing experience that will no doubt leave you inspired.

As for what visitors can expect from Art Late, Tegart paints a vivid picture of immersive art, music, food, and beverage experiences. “Art Late is for cultural lovers looking for new experiences,” she says, “Ticket holders receive themed-supper delights and a curated bar with our hospitality partners, and can discover the exhibitions and collections in an after-hours time zone.”

“Visitors to Ballarat and locals to the region will be nurtured in Art Late, the nocturnal series of curated art, music, food and beverage designed for the curious and art fans looking to shake up their Gallery visits with a whole entertainment program,” she adds. “Nan Goldin: The Ballad of Sexual Dependency opens up a conversation about time, environment and culture and we’ve compiled a series of events for the arts engaged to experience art, culture and music all under the one roof.”

So, whether you’re a local looking to explore Ballarat’s vibrant night-time scene or an out-of-town visitor seeking a unique cultural experience, Art Late is a must-see celebration of art, music, and community. Step into the nocturnal world of creativity and let the magic unfold at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.

Art Late runs until 2 June 2024 at the Art Gallery of Ballarat. Find out more and get your tickets here

This article was made in partnership with Art Gallery of Ballarat.

ShockOne

𝙾𝚁𝙶𝙰𝙽𝙸𝚂𝙼 𝙰𝙻𝙶𝙾𝚁𝙸𝚃𝙷𝙼 𝙻𝙾𝙰𝙳𝙸𝙽𝙶…

Seismic Talent, FRNDS MGMT and Dark Machine Records presents…

SHOCKONE – ORGANISM ALGORITHM ALBUM TOUR

with special guest Don Darkoe + more TBA

STRICTLY 18+ // NO ID, NO ENTRY // NO REFUNDS

[Laundry Bar is an inclusive venue. Racist, sexist, ableist, homophobic or transphobic behaviour or attitudes will not be tolerated. Please see our staff or security if someone is making you uncomfortable.]

Goody’s Clashes The World

We offered to clash every other sound system, but since you’re all cowards we’re clashing OURSELVES.

Full stack, proper session, Goody’s Massive on the controls, plus a super secret headliner.

All tribes, good vibes, pressure guaranteed.

STRICTLY 18+ // NO ID, NO ENTRY // NO REFUNDS

[Laundry Bar is an inclusive venue. Racist, sexist, ableist, homophobic or transphobic behaviour or attitudes will not be tolerated. Please see our staff or security if someone is making you uncomfortable.]

Mesa Jams

We welcome you to Unconditional.

Where the boundless spirit of exploration, is waiting to be written in the chapters of memory. Let the night be your canvas, and paint it with the colours of joy, music, and unforgettable moments.

Expect a night full of your favourite RnB, Hip Hop & Trap songs.

Presented by Laundry Bar & Explicit Collective.

STRICTLY 18+ // NO ID, NO ENTRY // NO REFUNDS

[Laundry Bar is an inclusive venue. Racist, sexist, ableist, homophobic or transphobic behaviour or attitudes will not be tolerated. Please see our staff or security if someone is making you uncomfortable.]

BANNED FROM NSW Feat. Huskii

SECOND SHOW ADDED DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND

BANNED FROM NSW brings FIVE legends of Australian rap together for one massive show, sharing the stage for the first time.

HUSKII, ROPS1, NTER, FORTAY & THAT KID KEARVE + special guests to be announced.

Don’t miss this! Tickets on sale now.

STRICTLY 18+ // NO ID, NO ENTRY // NO REFUNDS

[Laundry Bar is an inclusive venue. Racist, sexist, ableist, homophobic or transphobic behaviour or attitudes will not be tolerated. Please see our staff or security if someone is making you uncomfortable.]

BANNED FROM NSW Feat. Huskii

SECOND SHOW ADDED DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND

BANNED FROM NSW brings FIVE legends of Australian rap together for one massive show, sharing the stage for the first time.

HUSKII, ROPS1, NTER, FORTAY & THAT KID KEARVE + special guests to be announced.

Don’t miss this! Tickets on sale now.

STRICTLY 18+ // NO ID, NO ENTRY // NO REFUNDS

[Laundry Bar is an inclusive venue. Racist, sexist, ableist, homophobic or transphobic behaviour or attitudes will not be tolerated. Please see our staff or security if someone is making you uncomfortable.]

Laundry Saturdays

Melbourne’s home of rap, trap, hip hop & afrobeats

Booth and birthday packages available

STRICTLY 18+ // NO ID, NO ENTRY // NO REFUNDS

[Laundry Bar is an inclusive venue. Racist, sexist, ableist, homophobic or transphobic behaviour or attitudes will not be tolerated. Please see our staff or security if someone is making you uncomfortable.]

[ IG > @THELAUNDRYBAR | @LNDRY.CLUB ]

[ SPOTIFY > goo.gl/QJWpgC ]

[SOUNDCLOUD > laundrybarfitzroy ]

[VIP BOOTHS / GUESTLIST] DM US – OR PAY & BOOK ONLINE

Grey Day Afterparty

⛓ LETTING A NEW DAY BEGIN ⛓

UNOFFICAL GREY DAY AFTERPARTY
THURS MARCH 28
LAUNDRY BAR
MELBOURNE
DOORS FROM 10PM
18+

Melbourne! Join us to keep the party going after Grey Day 2024, with No Future DJs taking over Laundry Bar spinning Grey Day artists and other alt rap between until late

SOUNDS LIKE:
$uicideboy$ x100 : Ghostemane x100 : Pouya x100 : Germ x100 : Shakewell x100 : Lil Peep : BONES : Lil Tracy : Freddie Dredd : Night Lovell : Yunggoth : Brennan Savage : guccihighwaters : Scarlxrd : City Morgue : Xavier Wulf : guardin : CORPSE : Rich Brian : $NOT : Killstation : Mackned : RAMIREZ : OmenXIII : Lil Xan : MAKAVELIGODD : ZillaKami : SXMPRA : nothing,nowhere. : REDZED : Terror Reid : Fat Nick : Chetta : Haarper : Oliver Francis : Smokepurpp : Ski Mask the Slump God : Smrtdeath : bbno$ : Rich Brian : Fukkit : POORSTACY : lil aaron : Juice WRLD : Lil Pump : Trippie Redd : Yung Gravy + heaps more

STRICTLY 18+ // NO ID, NO ENTRY // NO REFUNDS

[Laundry Bar is an inclusive venue. Racist, sexist, ableist, homophobic or transphobic behaviour or attitudes will not be tolerated. Please see our staff or security if someone is making you uncomfortable.]

Sammy From Hell

A new introspective era begins for SAMMY FROM HELL and he’s ready to share it with his demons.

It’s a hint more pop, a lot more reflective, and with a razor-sharp melancholic edge that we can always rely on Sammy to deliver.

With two big headline shows under his belt at The Gaso and The Bergy Bandroom, Sammy has solidified himself as a rising figure in the local emo rap scene and is ready to get those sombre hearts beating just a little faster.

Sammy will be joined by old pals Hayley Crymble and REX, and new blood Shitzulover07 and Abs.

STRICTLY 18+ // NO ID, NO ENTRY // NO REFUNDS

[Laundry Bar is an inclusive venue. Racist, sexist, ableist, homophobic or transphobic behaviour or attitudes will not be tolerated. Please see our staff or security if someone is making you uncomfortable.]