All posts tagged: melbourne comedy

MICF Review: Just Like Buddah

Last week we were invited along to check out Anthony Jeannot’s 2017 Melbourne International Comedy festival show – Just Like Buddah. In a way there were elements taken from last year’s show – Rage Against the Manchild, signature elements which sort of set Anthony apart from his fellow performers like his entrance.. he doesn’t really have one, this year, just popping up randomly from the back row to introduce himself. There also was plenty of his usual self deprecating, sweet style of humour, but this year the delivery was injected with a lot more confidence, so the show was sharper, more on point. Some of the jokes from last year were reworked into the new show, but the fresh material in Just Like Buddha takes the audience though trips to Sweden (and other types of trips), Anthony’s date with a Doomsday prepper, and the perils of trying to meditate with an over excited, anxious mind. All the kind of interesting, engaging tales that seem far out, but are relatable enough that the audience always has …

MICF Review: No Tips For Keith Cheng?

Guest reviewer: Shannon Murphy On Wednesday night, we were invited to check out Keith Cheng’s debut Melbourne International Comedy Festival show “No Tips For Keith Cheng?”. This culturally diverse show was MC’d by Melbourne’s own Damian Cosgriff, whose punny goodness and one liners warmed up the crowd, before support act, Singaporean import, Wei got the show rolling. Our introduction to our main act advises that Hong Kong born Keith, has been a regular on the Brisbane comedy scene and his talents have previously seen him as a Finalist (2012) and Runner Up (2013) in the Queensland division of Australian’s biggest open mic comedy competition, Triple J’s Raw Comedy.  Keith’s arrival to the stage was facilitated via a fist bump with the MC, with Cheng confessing it’ll be the only time he gets to successfully punch a white guy. Cheng pushes the envelope on taste with his self proclaimed “Terrible Jokes of The Night”, a title that says it all and garners gasps, chuckles and full out laughter from the audience.  A walk out at this …

2017 MICF Interviews

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is returning in 2017 with a spectacular line up of local and international performers in over 500 shows – running for four, hilariously entertaining weeks. We caught up with three local performers, and got their thoughts on the festival, tips on how best to enjoy it and the inside oil on their upcoming shows…. Gillian Cosgriff – 8 Songs in 8 Weeks What about the MICF gets you excited? Seeing as many shows as I can, especially new ones. This year I’m hanging out to see Liam Ryan, Double Denim, and Alice Tovey. Also, eating my own body weight in potato cakes. What’s your top three recommendations for visitors to Melbourne to get the most out of MICF? 1. Take a chance on a show you’ve never heard of before – a new venue, a new genre of comedy, someone who flyers you in the street. 2. Go to the Festival Club to see a bunch of comedians in one show. It’s a great way to find a comedian you …

Comedy Hypnosis! Entranced – MICF Review

Last week we went to see Isaac Lomman and his hypnosis show, as part of the Comedy Festival. Watching him tap into the minds of some volunteers making them do certain tricks had us entranced.  Isaac said we experience hypnosis every single day of our lives. Was this true? Is this real or fake? Were these volunteers put aside earlier in the show and given scripts? We asked ourselves these questions as we watched the beginning of the show unfold. Isaac was determined to prove that hypnosis is very possible. Guiding us through his process, he put his volunteers in a trance-like state, where they responded quickly to his commands in their own unique ways, each displaying a different way of doing the action. We watched people sleep, laugh uncontrollably, and respond to tasks that involved the audience. Overall the show was very entertaining and funny.  It was refreshing to see a comedy about people “sleeping” and doing things that we would never do ourselves unless under a magic spell. Highly recommended for all ages and …

Incomplet – MICF Review

It’s not that often you go to a stand-up gig and the comedian has flown in as the only passenger on a private jet just to be with his audience. Michael Bowley’s Incomplet is an unashamedly, unfinished eclectic collection of thoughts and experiences of a comedian 12 years, 3 months and 13 days in the making. The show is super educational, particularly for the internationals in the room. Bowley explains the four different types of “mate”, which means I now have to go over the last eight months in my head to see if anyone has referred to me as “your mate”. There are also top tips about how to be socially responsible/morally reprehensible depending on whether or not you’re ok with using a credit card the late former tenant of your house has been approved for. Someone sat next to me described Bowley as “a real cutie”, and he definitely comes across as this nice guy. This makes his occasional moments of dark humour all the more funny. These little surprises create a great balance in the show. There are times where Bowley …

Evan is a Place On Earth – MICF Review

The start of Evan Hocking’s stand up comedy show kicks off with a theme song, the Belinda Carlisle classic ‘Heaven is a Place On Earth’– cleverly dubbed over the top so that she’s singing ‘Evan is a Place on Earth’ – he cheekily announces that this is so that we can have that song stuck in our head for weeks, and the truth… it works. Evan’s show is true Australian ‘bloke’ humour. Short snippets of his life, tales of weddings he’s been to, trips he’s been on, his lovely-sounding, almost-doctor girlfriend and his time as a pool cleaner in Port Douglas – typical stories of a 30-something year old guy with a dry, hilarious and lighthearted outlook of life. Evan includes a tiny bit of audience interaction in his show, but it’s not obnoxious and off putting like some shows, it’s just… good true blue fun. A funny guy with an entertaining story to tell, Evan is a Place on Earth is showing as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in The Downstairs Lounge @ The Grand Mercure until 17 April, and, …

Boomerangs and Beavertales – MICF Review

It’s a Canadian showcase, with added Australian “for visa reasons”. Queensland’s Jacques Barrett’s comedy partner couldn’t get over to Melbourne for the Comedy Fest, so instead every night the audience are treated to some of the Great White North’s top comedians. Barrett is clearly a big fan of Canada; I guess he wouldn’t be doing this show otherwise! But he knows the country and its narcotics pretty intimately. He’s playing double duty as he MC’s and represents Oz, and has done an incredible job creating a proper late night comedy gig. The atmosphere, the jokes, how intoxicated the audience are; Boomerangs and Beavertales is entirely different to shows that start even 15 minutes before. Jack Druce is the first Canadian to the mic, it is important to note that he has lived in Australia since he was nine however. Sex with birds and men who love magic; Druce’s personality is much less intense than the other two comedians, so the show balances nicely. Headliner Lars Cailleou has the rosiest cheeks you’ve ever seen and is …

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 …

Anthony Jeannot: Rage Against the Manchild – MICF Review

When the doors open for this show, and the audience file into the room, Anthony watches them creepily from his spot on the corner of the stage  – except it’s not creepy, not even a little bit, in fact the entire first five minutes of the show is dedicated to his hilarious apology slash justification for his actions, which sort of puts everyone at ease, and considering they are already laughing – into the right mood for the rest of the show. The binding premise for this hour-long show is reflection on the contents of a letter that the 14 year old Anthony wrote to his future self, listing his top 3 life observations which he goes on to share with the audience: Love is the best thing we do; If you have the opportunity to help, you have the obligation to try; and We all do the best job we can in life. Poignant, beautiful stuff really – unexpected in the stand up comedy genre. And from there we’re taken back and forth through endearing tales relating to these principles, …

Little Golden Dassalo – MICF Review

He’s Australia’s most beautiful comedian, but Tommy Dassalo is going through an ugly break up. Heartbreak isn’t a revolutionary topic when it comes to stand up, but you definitely won’t have seen anything like this before. Dassalo has illustrated an entire book so that the audience can read along with his relationship misery. It sounds twisted, but the best comedy often is. Dassalo has everything working for him. He has the best relationship with his audience and they laugh the whole way through; at his improv-ing, his storytelling, his slightly disturbing drawings. But I can’t remember ever leaving a comedy show on the verge of tears. Like a great playwright, Dassalo somewhat lures you into a false sense of security as you chuckle through the set. You’re enjoying sexual Connect 4 and then completely out of nowhere you’re hit with this oh so poignant ending, even though it’s set to the music of The New Radicals, and the show’s just finished. I would suggest going with friends so that you have someone to hug when …