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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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Jimmy James Eaton’s 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival show Jimmy vs Jimmy is about internal conflict, kind of. Along with his usual tie-dyed comedic style of improvisation, sketch and stand up, Eaton uses a bit of multi-media and a lot of beat boxing to craft an approximate hour of things that will make you snort...
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Travel is a well covered topic when in comedy. Everyone has wondered at some point or other just what exactly the deal with aeroplane food is, only to Google it and find a perfectly logical scientific explanation. In Melbourne, many of the weeknight comedy rooms are frequented by travellers, English backpackers, European exchange students, American...
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3 States of Comedy is a split bill show at this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival that raises the question: which state is the best? Given that there are only three states in the running, it seems a little unfair, but then the whole thing turns out to be a little biased. It’s a very...
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2015 marks stand up comedian Dave Warneke’s sixth year at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. This year, he’s looking for love. Not a significant other as such, more like a significant audience. Aided by Sam Petersen, or rather, Samuel Jenkins, Warneke strides out in bow tie, suspenders and belt ready to woo a crowd. It’s...
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Pony Yell is the story of a pony called Pony who delivers the mail in a strange and magical land, along with comedian Kate Dehnert. Previously described as ‘escapist’ and ‘weird’, Dehnert’s 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival show is an odd adventure with odd characters in an even odder land. Dehnert’s blend of comedy is...
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The title of Chimp Cop tells you a lot about the show. Firstly, it’s silly. Secondly, it’s about a chimp who is a cop. Thirdly, it’s a cop movie parody. Keep these things in mind. Chimp Cop is made up of Melbourne stand up comedians Timothy Clark, Adam Knox, Ben Vernel, with guest star Rosie...
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Rose Callaghan is back at this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival with more stories and more mates. After last year’s sell out run last year, it’s not surprising that Callaghan has continued with the simple split bill format. She does roughly half an hour of her own material, in between two special guest spots of about...
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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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Michael Hing is one of those performers you don’t realise you know until you see them onstage. One of the hosts of ABC’s new Good Game: Pocket, “Hingers”, as he is known on the show, has been doing stand up shows about everything from racism and equality to love and romance. His 2015 Melbourne International...