Lifestyle, Reviews

A Night at the Downstairs Lounge – MICF

There were canapés, there were drinks and there were three awesome comedians; The Swanston Hotel put on the perfect night at their downstairs lounge at this year’s comedy fest.

MC Mike Klimczak runs the venue and has just casually invited three of his comedian friends down to help him out for the evening; it’s difficult not to be jealous that he’s got these three acts in his phonebook. But the whole evening does have this lovely laid back feel to it; it’s their last day off before the final week of the fest, the calm before the storm perhaps! Either way the atmosphere is great for a night of chilled comedy.

Claire Hooper has just had her second baby, is doing a solo show at MICF and came along on the 11th; she’s an all-round superwoman. The whole set feels like she’s just riffing off of what the audience give her. Hooper’s maternal instincts kick in when she spots a 14 year old girl in the second row with her parents. Her Mum looked particularly pleased, when Hooper explains how she should wait to have kids, and you could physically see her Dad tense up when Hooper moves onto if it did happen. It’s one lucky audience that get to catch a comedian so talented that she can improvise and move seamlessly between jokes.

Both Jacques Barrett and Michael Bowley are on at the Downstairs Lounge until the 17th April, and these little snippets were great promos for their solo shows, so look out for the full reviews over the next couple of days. Between them they have parents with impressive taunts, disturbing home schools, and a detailed knowledge of airports that only a touring comedian could have. Makes for a brilliant evening all round!

 – Joanna Trainor

Joanna is a Journalism student on exchange from London, currently studying at RMIT. Having missed Edfringe last year she is absolutely loving being around Melbourne for the Comedy Fest. She can often be found singing too many show tunes, and drinking all the coffee. Follow her on Twitter, @mintpixeljo, for more stagey ramblings.

Visit the MICF website here.