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50/50 Melbourne Comedy Festival

Michael Shafar is a self-proclaimed Jewish atheist, who loves a bargain, hates hugs, and always likes to be right. All jokes aside though – Michael has a really interesting story to tell about his diagnosis and survival of testicular cancer in 2017 through his new Melbourne International Comedy Festival show – 50/50.

Not one to appear to throw a pity party for himself, Michael’s jokes are dark, raw and very personal – however he has a warm, sweet style of humour which engages with his broadly diverse audience, despite the hilarious but sometimes R-rated content. His knack for finding the humour in every situation, however dark and unhappy has armed him with a lot of quality laughing material and allowed him to add a positive spin on what most of us would find a terrifying and painful experience. For example, as a male with only half of his, err… nuts to worry about – he now enjoys the comfort of skinny jeans, something many men could not attest to – a silver lining, and so on.

At times Michael’s jokes are quite self-deprecating, but it certainly doesn’t come off as a lack of confidence, in fact he owns the tale of his own journey and almost dares his audience to find something negative about it all. He’s a survivor, and he’s here for a bloody good laugh about it all.

But, it’s not all just about cancer. Michael puts forwards some popular opinions we all share about the overshare of peoples #fitspo lifestyle, respectfully pokes fun at his own Jewish heritage and builds support in the audience for ‘the bald’.

Heavy, but not – Michael Shafar’s 50/50 is a good night out if you are looking for some solid chuckles and inspiration to get behind someone who quite literally laughed in the face of death.

3 ½ stars

Get along and support a funny guy, and a great cause. $2 from the sale of every ticket will be donated to Cabrini Hospital Melbourne.

Where: Victoria Hotel, 215 Little Collins St, CBD

When: 7.00pm, 28 March – 21 April, 2019

More information / tickets: Comedy Festival website