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Justine Sless loves surfaces. She adores and adorns them, and woe betides the rogue crumbs that dare get in the way of her trusty yellow sponge. She makes trips to Aldi to stock up on her favourite sponges, soaking up the atmosphere as she peruses the shelves. Her children and husband are relegated to playing bit-parts in the soap opera of the ongoing war on clutter.
Shown at the Northcote Town h
Feast yourself to a ravenous romp of comedic carnage performed to perfection by two extremely talented New Zealand actors. Tantalising the audience with deliciously tempting culinary references and chocolate-laden props, the latest Flaxworks production playing during the Melbourne Comedy Festival is an outrageous binge of humour, mystery and spontaneity condensed into a thoroughly entertaining 80
Not to be confused with Not Without My Daughter, comedy circuit veteran James De Leo’s latest show, Not Without My Porter, is primarily about etiquette. Currently showing at the Alley Bar in ACDC Lane, ABC regular and satirist extraordinaire James De Leo delivers a punchy, intellectually-stimulating routine that brings the audience back to a time when people had manners. If you’ve ev
Shirley Billing in Mr & Mrs Crapp - part of the Melbourne Interantional Comedy Festival - about as funny as putting your hand in a blender, and then...
Friday evening at Port Melbourne’s Gasworks Theatre saw not one but two seasoned Melbourne Comedy Festival Performer’s doing what they do best - in a show titled 'Lickety Split'.
As the lead performer and co-writer of Return Sudanese which is part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Akoch is a natural entertainer – he exudes confidence, is relaxed and laid back.
Dan Brader’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival debut with Commercially Viable Comedian (Comes with free chicken parma and a pot!) professes to reject ‘hack comedic techniques’.
Melbourne International Comedy Festival's A Bl**dy Brief History of Swearing is one man's attempt to discover why a handful of words in the English language still has the power to shock, offend and amuse in equal measure.
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
Having proven their material at the Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2008, actors Katrina Mroz and Hayley Butcher bring their exciting and energetic production to the studios of St Martins Arts Centre. Their show Re…Tale is prescribed to anyone who ‘has worked in retail or been harassed by those who do’ and works to provide an amusing insight into the vacuous world of commercial image and sales
The lady who greeted the patrons upon arrival at Northcote Town Hall for the evening’s performance of Coming Soon…The End, was delightful. She worked diligently behind the Box Office, was insightful, courteous and most hospitable. She mentioned that she was the mother of the producer and she made the ticketing transaction a brilliant experience.
My mission was to review the The Gigalees Crazy Circus Show show at the Trades Hall New Ballroom for the Melbourne Comedy Festival. Would I look out of place if I didn’t have any kids there with me?
La Mama is celebrating the 103rd Birthday of the great Irish writer, dramatist and poet, Samuel Beckett. Born in Dublin in 1906, Beckett's Waiting for Godot offers a bleak outlook on human culture and is considered to be one of the first postmodernists and key writers in the group of playwrights known as "Theatre of the Absurd."
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
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
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