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Of all the events at this year’s Melbourne Comedy Festival - the one I was most excited about reviewing was the Kransky Sisters’ Three Bags Full at the Melbourne Town Hall. Generally when you attend a show with so much enthusiasm you walk out slightly disappointed in some way—but I am therefore extremely happy to report that not only did this show live up to my expectations it actually surp
It's Romeo and Juliet, but not as we know it. This Bellini opera - Opera Australia's I Capuleti e i Montecchi - which premiered in 1830, draws on other, earlier sources of the story of star-crossed lovers from rival factions in a bloody feud.
Yianni in Comelody showing as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is the sweet guy, who admits to things that some may not have the courage to, and the audience loved it.
An excellent poster designed housing a great caricature of Howard in Bluestone, a very cute and cosy restaurant par, Howard the Musical - part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival - promised a whole lot.
Maryanne Campbell’s stand-up routine - Psychiatry, A Cure for Sanity? part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival - questioning the effectiveness of medical treatment for psychological disorders makes a mockery of the mental health industry.
Growing up, I had two fears—public speaking and death. It turns out, according to Beau in Dead & Deader (currently showing at Alley Bar), that these two fears are the most popular fears to have. Since then, I have come to accept that these two things are a part of life whether we like it or not. Beau puts these two fears into perspective—these three performers are facing both those fears—an
Mark Trenwith is all energy in Be My Friend, currently showing at Club F4. His show, a combination of standup and multimedia sketches, explores his decision to one day try and make a new friend. Trenwith keeps up a frenetic pace, reflecting his desperate attempts to be more friendly by any means necessary. Mark hails from Adelaide, where he is involved in the comedy stand-up circuit, as wel
The story of Grandpa Sol and Lily’s Grandma Rosie part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, in general was light, and seemed to lack the darker side of growing old, which ultimately good, have provided majority of the humour.
Currently showing at Melbourne Trade Hall, much has been written about Spontaneous Broadway since its original appearance in New York back in 1995. Since 2000, audiences across Australia have also had the opportunity to experience this unpredictable, unscripted ‘improv’ show. Surprisingly, this is actually the first time in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s history that this sho
Setting the Apocalypse Soon in the Old Magistrates court, with the years of actual judgments that must have been handed down within the walls, gave the general aura of the piece a lot more weight. The sky boiled grey overhead as I pulled on my black leather boots, coupled with a gas mask, 12-gauge sawn-off and pack of rad-x. I was going to go view the latest prophet of the end times. Surely
Funny as this expectation may seem, and good looks to boot Alison’s terrible life story - My Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Life part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival - makes it evident that she’s learnt to see the funny side of a ‘horrible, no good, very bad life’ – but heaven help her mother, should her laminator break down and Alison hits the big time.
As the title alludes, Charlie Pickering’s stand-up is a tribute to Grandpa Frank - The Audacity of Frank part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival - but also features the comedian’s own journey into adulthood and, undeniably, the penis. Oh, and don’t forget to keep an eye out for the masturbating ellipsis.
Hosted at the Blackbox Theatre in the Arts Centre, Is This Thing On? – The Dave Berry Story invites you - via a slow motion walk across stage - into the world of Dave Berry: veteran of the amateur comedy circuit, husband, father, all round true-blue Aussie and the next big thing.
Tackling the intricacies and meaning of one’s own depression seems an unlikely premise for a comedy festival show, but Jeff Hewitt is not afraid to go there. His work Reacharounds for the Soul - part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival - explores his own journey with depression, and the result is surprisingly entertaining.
Unable to put blasphemy aside, Kieran Butler’s Collingwood: Club Therapist part of the Melbourne International Comedy Fetival, is an ode to the crucifixion of ‘the Cous’, otherwise known as the infamous Ben Cousins. About ten percent Collingwood therapy and ninety percent Ben Cousins rock opera, no one in the audience, including myself, seemed to mind that this was the case.
Mulligan’s which is on show as part of the current Brisbane Queer Film Festival is, like the golfing term from which it takes its name, all about second chances and new beginnings.
The Lost Coast, the latest cinematic offering from multi talented writer/direct Gabriel Fleming which will screen at this year’s Brisbane Queer Film Festival is a haunting and elegiac homage to the pains of first love and the loss of youthful innocence.
One of the more fascinating films on offer in the current Brisbane Queer Film Festival program is (pun fully intended) Bi The Way the latest offering from American film makers and documentarians Brittany Blockman and Josephine Decker.
Writer-director Yair Hochner’s intriguing new feature Antarctica, a multi-layered and beautifully acted ensemble piece, is part of this year’s annual Brisbane Queer Film festival.
The star of Memoirs of a Stalker part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, rushes in, sweaty and uncomfortable as the rest of us (perhaps even more so considering the handcuffs he sports) fresh from a stint in jail for supposedly stalking and murdering his pan-gender partner and biggest fan, Sammy.
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