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3 years ago
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Ben Russell and Xavier Michelides have worked together before. Both comedians have been working, solo and together, in comedy for several years, and have honed their specific brands of improvisation and absurd-ish sketch at comedy festivals, on podcasts and in each other’s living rooms. The current result of all that talent and hard work is...
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4 years ago
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It seems an article can’t be written about Ben Russell without mentioning the fact that he trained at Second City. Perhaps this is because everyone is looking for an explanation as to why he’s so damn funny. Russell is a master of character work, sketch and improvisation, and The Pilot is only more evidence of...
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5 years ago
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If you’re after a spot of late night strange sketchy stand up (or stand uppy sketch), No Show is the show for you. It’s self-aware, self-parodying, self-fellating comedy at it’s peak, and it’s delightful. “Two veteran festival performers have come to a crossroads,” reads the show description. “It’s opening night of their brand new show and...
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5 years ago
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On paper (and on radio), Murphy, Claire and Tom Present a Modern Guide to Etiquette in the 21st Century and Beyond is a show where the three hosts (Murphy McLachlan, Claire Sullivan and Tom Keele) examine manners post millennial, with special guests. On stage, that doesn’t really happen. With different guests and topics every night,...
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6 years ago
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Comedy reviewing is considered something of a hobbyist’s pursuit. It doesn’t pay, and when it does it’s not much, so those that do it are generally stable middle-aged, middle-class folk with a bit of spare time or young upstarts looking to see things for free. Those who are paid are usually journalists from other fields...
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6 years ago
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Comedian Ben Russell is a man of many skills. With a background in Chicago improvisation and a suite of acting abilities, Russell’s current Melbourne International Comedy Festival show Tokyo Hotel is a hidden gem of the festival. The show is on at 11:15pm at the Imperial Hotel, and it’s a timeslot that lends itself to...
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6 years ago
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Ben Russell is multitalented, but finds his forte in comedy. Armed with experience from Chicago and its bustling improvisation scene as well as performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Ben combines his entire skill set to build Tokyo Hotel. His new show at this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival is part sketch, part stand up,...