What do you remember about the sparkling TV variety shows of the 50s and 60s? Funky questions with the hottest guest appearances? Musical intervals from the energetic house band? Or being surrounded by rounds of laughter from the fellow audience?
From Australian soprano Ali McGregor’s Late-Nite Variety-Nite Night, a Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) mainstay, to The Chronic Cabaret by singer/songwriter Rosie Roulette that debuted at Fringe Rebound this year, variety shows are having a revival led by passionate musicians using the platform for peer collaboration.