Review: The Cult of Comedy

4 years ago
Til Knowles

Sometimes, especially during the midst of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, one can forget that not everyone is familiar with the hundreds of comedians performing around the city. Or perhaps you are, and you’re so overwhelmed that you’re paralysed by choice that you just need a little sampler to help you decide. Luckily, that’s where The Cult of Comedy can help.

The Cult of Comedy presents three or four different comedians a night, each with their own shows during the festival. Curated comedians Sameena Zehra and Lisa Skye, and hosted by Zehra, The Cult‘s line up is stacked with intellectual, thought provoking, and, of course, funny acts from across the festival. Acts who have appeared include the hurricane of fun Tessa Waters, journalist turned comedian Sami Shah, and stand up Jen Carnovale. Each act brings a different feeling to the Upstairs Lounge at Hairy Little Sista, filling the room with everything from thoughtful silence to ruckus laughter.

A little ramshackle, highly cerebral and very funny The Cult of Comedy is a excellent way to help shape your festival experience, to get a sense of the kind of boundary pushing, political and progressive acts performing over the next month.


The Cult of Comedy is on at Hairy Little Sista until 9 April. Tickets are available online or at the door.


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