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Maybe you’re a fan of podcasts seeking something a bit more polished. Maybe you love Netflix stand up specials but don’t have that much time to spend in front of the TV. Maybe you’re the kind of person who wants to listen to their favourite comedian’s best material on repeat. No matter who you are,...
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Foreign acts are something that should draw more attention from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival goers – it is in the name after all. And those foreigners who do gain more attention come from the usual places – the UK, the US, or other Anglosphere countries. This is a shame, because they can bring interesting...
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Five jobs. One marriage. One home. Two cars. One mother. Don’t you just hate it when you lose stuff? Luke Leonard has had a tough run. His marriage is over, his mother has cancer, and his car broke down. Leonard’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival show Mirth has the potential to be one of the most...
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Jacqueline Mifsud wants you to be better. Her second solo Melbourne International Comedy Festival show, Be Better, seeks to motivate you to do just that. Built from stories from Mifsud’s own life, the comedian uses her own frustrations and insights to build a positive, high energy show about turning everyday anxiety into necessary growth. It’s...
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Do you like wine? Do you like charming, cheeky comedy? Then chances are you will also like Rose Callaghan’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival show No Way Rosé. No Way Rosé is the third of Callaghan’s puntastic titles, after Will You Accept This Rose and Rose Before Hoes. Like her previous shows, the title is pretty...
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Australian stand up James Smith is returning to our shores to bring his show Pleasure Enthusiast to this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Smith, whose last return saw him opening for Chris Rock’s Australian and New Zealand tour, relocated to the US several years ago to pursue his comedy career. Clearly, he succeeded. He caught...
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We all have hang ups. Pet peeves. Petty grievances. Emily Tresidder wants to help you get over yours. Tresidder’s new show No, You Hang Up, starts when the audience arrive to find a pen, a piece of paper and a request on their chairs: write down one of your hang ups. Tresidder then sorts through...
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Imagine an Artificial Intelligence: a brilliant but naïve mind, newly created. Now imagine that machine-mind is left to learn about our world by watching a comedy show. That comedy show is performed by Alice Fraser, and it, like her newly built AI, is called Ethos. Known for her ambitious, intellectually-rich and downright hilarious style, Fraser...
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Often comedy reviewers talk about the temptation to ‘review the room’, that is, to comment on the venue, atmosphere and audience rather than the comedian on stage. While some temperature-gauging is necessary context for many a comedy review, it is sometimes difficult not to just describe one’s surrounds in order to avoid talking about the...
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The title of Akmal’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival show is utterly appropriate: it is Transparent in every sense. The loose structure of the show gives insight into how comedy shows are often pieced together, also well as insight into Akmal’s quick thinking if somewhat scattered brain. The jokes reveal similar workings, containing a confessional honesty...