An Evening With Sammy J & Randy (London)

By Ron Bingham A skinny man and a foul-mouthed purple puppet, Sammy J and Randy are a rude and riotous musical comedy duo with a big history in Australian comedy. They’ve staged hugely successful narrative shows in various festivals, covered political issues both on stage and television, won The...

Damien Vosk – The Average

By Elyce Phillips  Some people are remarkably unremarkable – no distinguishing features, no enormously “quirky” character traits. Just perfectly average people that you’d pass in the street and wouldn’t think twice about. Damien Vosk is one of those people and in The Average he looks at his over-tolerant interactions...

Zoe Coombs Marr – Trigger Warning

By Elyce Phillips You might have seen Zoe Coombs Marr’s Dave before. His self-titled stand-up show has been touring for the last couple of years, in which he’s been doing good ol’ blokey jokes about the battle between the sexes. Unfortunately, his style of humour has come under fire from...

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Award Winners for 2016

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by Lisa Clark It has been an amazing year at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. In a first for the Festival – The Winner of the Barry Award, Zoe Coombs-Marr, is also the Winner of the Golden Gibbo. So it’s a Barry Winner who is brave and independent and...

Interview with Lauren Hayward and Francis Hadid otherwise known as Hayward and Hadid

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By Phillip Lescaut First off, tell me a little about your show for this year, This Is An Excuse. This is our first comedy festival, and we wanted to find our voice. We wanted to make a show that spoke to women, which was equal parts silly and smart....

Hayward and Hadid – This Is An Excuse

By Phil Lescaut   Hayward and Hadid’s debut show This Is An Excuse made me think about a lot of things, but perhaps most of all it made me appreciate the beauty of Melbourne’s Comedy Festival. Here is a form of democracy worthy of close study by our politicians,...

James Acaster – Reset

By Elyce Phillips  With a string of award nominations to his name, James Acaster has spent the last few years building himself up as one of the young greats of the UK stand-up scene. He returns to MICF with Reset, a solidly funny new hour of absurdity, meandering reflection...

Simon Munnery’s Fylm School

By Elyce Phillips  Armed with a projector, several cameras, a mirror and a big screen, Simon Munnery creates avant-garde cinema on the fly in Simon Munnery’s Fylm School. It was a one-night-only special event, with a dream team of a guest cast keeping the eager crowd laughing. Simon Munnery’s...

The Million Dollar Fish

By Colin Flaherty The Million Dollar Fish is a sketch show featuring three energetic performers with lots of colour and movement. They sell every line to the back wall, bound around the stage like kids on cordial and mug aggressively to the crowd. It’s a shame that the material...

Butt Kapinski

By Lisa Clark  Sitting in the round, spread out in the dark, the audience waits for the appearance of Private Detective Butt Kapinski. The only light source is Butt’s personal lamp that travels with him around the room as he tries to solve some serious crimes. If you are...