Comedy with a twist

If you've had your fill of sketch-based comedy or solo stand-ups with a mic, how about a show with a novel format?

While every comedy festival features a wealth of acts doing stand-up and sketch shows, some comedians choose to present their work in more unusual formats. These shows allow comedians to follow their particular interests and cater to their specific skill sets. They can also offer a unique selling point that may convince a punter to take a chance on them. But new formats also mean new challenges.

Here, four acts from across the Melbourne and Sydney comedy festivals discuss doing shows in more novel formats.

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Daniel Herborn is a journalist and novelist based in Sydney. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Saturday Paper, The Monthly, The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and others. He has also practised law at an Intellectual Property firm specialising in creative industries clients.