Here Comes Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2019! There are more shows than EVER before and we Squirrels are here to help.
We have a list of all the shows we’ve previously reviewed and also a few that we’re excited about or keen to recommend.
The Aspie Hour had a short run at 2018 The Melbourne Writers Festival. It was a fabulous musical comedy in two parts by two brilliantly talented performers who apparently are both on a spectrum. It’s top notch comedy cabaret for those who love Broadway with laughs.
The Fringe Wives Club has welcomed new members and has grown from 3 to 5 performers. Last year we all rushed out to see Glittery Clittery and adored the crowdpleasing feminist cabaret, but we didn’t manage a review, sorry but the simple review is: We all LOVED it. This year we’ll be rushing to see their new show Glittergrass and make sure we review it.
Tom Ballard is being very busy after having his ABC show Tonightly cancelled. He’s jumped into the festival with gusto. As well as his own show, Enough, which is having a full season run, Tom will be hosting one of the political Tuesday nights at the Festival Club and most intriguingly he’s written a satirical political play called KWANDA. It’s about a Monday night political panel show but it’s not about QandA at all. No. Of course not.
Demi Lardner and Tom Walker both have solo shows again this year, but they have also teamed up to perform We Mustn’t and it’s bound to be weird, wonderful and hilarious.
Don’t forget to check out the alternate guide to the Festival:
The Safety House Guide.
Says creator and stand up comedian Lisa-Skye:
“The Safety House Guide is a free magazine featuring nearly 100 of the best acts of the fest. Safe, but never tame, it’s not about censorship, it’s about empowering audiences to make the right decisions about the shows for them. It gives more info about stuff like content, access and the level of audience participation. It also has fun stuff like letters from comedians to their potential audience, info on workshops and quizzes. Grab your free copy around town, or at the launch!”
Sam Simmons is a late entry to MICF with his new show 26 Things You’ve Been Doing Wrong with Sam Simmons suddenly be added to the Festival program.
On the down side some performers have already cancelled….
Shows that have been Cancelled:
Ronny Chieng has had to bow out due to being cast in a sitcom in pilot season in the US. We wish him all the success, but worry he may be too successful to perform here again… He has rescheduled his Australian shows for July.
Charlie Pickering Us & Them
The Elvis Dead by Rob Kemp,
Let’s Get Wild
One Man Breaking Bad by Miles Allen
Thomas McMahon and Nick Quon Total Business Solution
Tom Cashman XYZ
Blanc (That weird fashion circussy thing at Chadstone)
And NOW, Finally…..
Previously Reviewed shows – and links to our reviews:
Annie Louey – Before I Forget
Melbourne Fringe 2018: http://www.squirrelcomedy.com/?p=13164
Barnie Juancan – Tap Head
Melbourne Fringe 2018: http://www.squirrelcomedy.com/?p=13221
Bunk Puppets – Stark and Dormy
Melbourne Fringe 2018: http://www.squirrelcomedy.com/?p=13151
Clare Cavanagh – Literally
Melbourne Fringe: http://www.squirrelcomedy.com/?p=13192
Chloe Black – Transistor Sister
Melbourne Fringe 2018: http://www.squirrelcomedy.com/?p=13202
Felicity Ward – Busting a Nut
Edinburgh Fringe 2018: http://www.squirrelcomedy.com/?p=12927
Faulty Towers The Dining Experience
Edinburgh Fringe 2008: http://www.squirrelcomedy.com/?p=1633
The Breast of The Fest
MICF 2018: http://www.squirrelcomedy.com/?p=12624
The Dizzy Biz – The 2007 Wonthaggi Blue Light Disco
Melbourne Fringe 2018: http://www.squirrelcomedy.com/?p=13180
Wool! A History of Australia’s Wool Industry: The Musical by Kit Richards
Melbourne Fringe 2018: http://www.squirrelcomedy.com/?p=13145