Five ridiculous Comedy Festival shows you have to see this weekend
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20.04.2023

Five ridiculous Comedy Festival shows you have to see this weekend

Words by Ben Lamb

The 2023 Melbourne International Comedy Festival is now truly in full swing with the final weekend almost upon us, it’s the last opportunity to catch the best of Australian and international comedy.

If you’ve spent even a few minutes on the Comedy Festival site, you’d know there’s a fair chunk of shows to sort through, so we’re breaking it down, and today it’s time to get a bit experimental and see a collection of shows that are weird yet totally wonderful.

There’s a bit of everything in this list, from stand up about a cult, to a magical tram, and even an opera performed in a garden. Let’s dive in!

CarmenGetta in Carmenatcha a Corona Infused Disco BBQ

CarmenGetta: Carmenatcha a Corona Infused Disco BBQ

Based on name alone, this show sounds like one of the most interesting to be taking place at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival this year. The show details the titular character, and follows CarmenGetta after she has left her husband and has her sights set on becoming a social media star. There’s set to be clown routines, opera, and a menu – there are not too many other shows where you’ll be able to experience this. Taking place outdoors at the Yarra River Linear Reserve, you can catch this show at 4:30 this Saturday and Sunday.

Moses Storm – Perfect Cult

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If you’re keen for audience participation unlike any other out there, look no further than comedian Moses Storm’s new show, Perfect Cult. The show focuses on what would happen in you were raised in an unsuccessful doomsday cult? The show is an interactive show that allows audiences to join a one-night-only cult. The comedian is one of the best up and comers, the American having appeared on The Tonight Show and Conan, among much more. He’s playing the Melbourne Town Hall Cloak Room this Saturday and Sunday at 6pm and 5pm respectively.

Liam Sparrow-Gange – The Magical Tram of Thought!

 

It’s just been nominated for a Golden Gibbo award, so you know that this show is definitely worth seeing. Liam Sparrow-Gange brings an interesting show to Club Voltaire this weekend, the show detailing his journey after the last V-line train home was cancelled. He then finds the Magical Tram of Thought and brings audiences on a journey as he hits spots like Existential Avenue, Bad Idea Boulevard, and of course Crown Casino. It’s happening at Club Voltaire this Saturday and Sunday at 6:30pm and 9:30pm respectively. More info on Liam Sparrow-Gange’s The Magical Tram of Thought can be found here.

Ross Purdy Is Your New God

 

Ross Purdy brings an interesting show to this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival, this show featuring punk music, puppets, and “lynchian mindfudges.” Back in 2022, Ross Purdy was nominated for both the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Golden Gibbo award and the Sydney Fringe’s Best Comedy, so you know you’ll be seeing a quality artist. The show will be taking place the UBQ – Downstairs venue this weekend at 10pm, More info about this show can be found on the Comedy Festival site here.

Nicky Lah – Desmond Cabaret Sings Continental Favourites

Desmond Cabaret will bring an interesting show to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival this year, performing a number of different songs for attendees. Desmond Cabaret’s favourite singers include Jacques Brel, Charles Aznavour, Serge Gainsbourg, and Screaming J Hawkins. The show will be taking place at the Speakeasy HQ – The Vault this Saturday and Sunday at 7:30pm.

You can check out more info on Nicky Lah – Desmond Cabaret Sings Continental Favourites here