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Image is a man with a closed mouth smile/grimace at the camera and a slight upturn of the head. He is wearing a black jumper and has a grey mottled backdrop.

Comedy review: Tom Ballard: Good Point Well Made, Rydges One, MICF 2024

Fierce and funny, Ballard delivers a rock solid hour that even babies seem to love...

Julia Masli. ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Image is a woman dressed in traditional white clown costume with a conical hat. She is standing between two pillars. On her white suit is written the word 'ha' several times.

Comedy review: Julia Masli: ha ha ha ha ha ha ha, Chinese Museum, MICF 2024

So clever and so different – Julia’s performance in ha ha ha ha ha ha ha is a must see…

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Funny Tonne – part two, MICF 2024

The second batch of top reviews from the Funny Tonne, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival's fledgling reviewers for 2024.

dancers performing. Carmen

Ballet review: Carmen, Sydney Opera House

A rethinking of 'Carmen' reflects on gender power structures in a brilliant performance for our times.

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This week's arts news and trending topics

We break it – you read it. This week's top arts news stories.

Jessi Ryan: Functional Bottom. Image is a topless young performer in fishnet stockings sitting on their haunches with a fur coat draped across their knee. They have heavy make-up and chest and arm tattoos.

Comedy review: Jessi Ryan: Functional Bottom, Club Voltaire, MICF 2024

An entertaining and shocking debut that takes you through a year in the life of medical drama, sex and relationships. 

Alex Hines. Putting on a Show. Image is a woman with long dark hair dressed in a long white dress on an old fashioned phone under an ornate arch. There are two smaller versions of the same woman, albeit with a blue bodice to the dress, one on each side of her.

Comedy review: Alex Hines: Putting on a Show, Malthouse Theatre, MICF 2024 

Stand-up, sketch and musical comedy, this production has it all.

Headshot of a middle aged smiling woman with head tilted to the left. She has short sticking up grey hair and is wearing a dark blue collar shirt. Geraldine Hickey.

Comedy review: Geraldine Hickey, Don't Tease Me About My Gloves, Arts Centre Melbourne, MICF 2024

Don't tease her and don't say 'oh yeah' when Hickey tells you why she's wearing gloves...

Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience. Image is an old Ford Anglia with its lights on crashed in a forest and spotlit from above.

Experience review: Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience, The Briars, Mornington Peninsula

Fancy a trip to a Potter-themed forest experience? Butter beer included...

Shakespeare Ghostbusters. Image is a group of people surrounded by swirling mist pointing weapons and looking out for ghosts.

Comedy review: The Ghostlight League - Shakespeare Ghostbusters, St Martin's Theatre, MICF 2024

If you liketh the bard and the busters of ghosts this is the comedy for you. 

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