Recommended and Previously Reviewed shows at Melbourne International Comedy Festival

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


5 Good Reasons to see Macdeth

1. Macbeth is a great story and it’s a story that’s relevant to our time. This is a show that will engaged your imagination like a great book. It will have you riveted like one of those Facebook videos of cats doing crazy things with a photocopier machine, or of people jumping off the roof of their friends house onto a trampoline and then being catapulted into the side of said house with orthopedically devastating results.

Plus, when you take your kids to visit friends and family instead of quoting the soulless dialogue from the latest video game they’ll be quoting Shakespeare. Cool, huh?

2. It’s pretty cheap theatre for the family. Theatre is (generally) stupidly expensive. You have to pay for a park, you’re bound to spend money on food and treats and then the ticket prices, yikes!

Macdeth is a steal and it has four other good reason to come and see it (please refer to reasons 1,3, 4 and 5).

3. Macdeth is made for families, so if you’re an adult you can expect to laugh and have a good time and you’ll also enjoy watching that little person you brought along laughing as well.

Hot tip to really make the most of the outing; Plan, book, get there in good time. Do yourself a favour and don’t come rushing into the theatre stressed to the max and then expect us (on stage) to engaged your frazzled mind. Save the sweet treat for your kids till after the show – the sugar fix will have junior about as able to focus on the nuances of well crafted theatre as a broad sword is able to stand in for a butter knife.

4. Macdeth is both funny and moving. People can expect to see a piece of comic theatre that has substance and style. You’ll find it both comic and tragic. It’s like eating sweet and sour, or salt and vinegar, it’s smooth and crunchy.

5. Without getting too heavy handed, you need to give your kids this experience. You need to show them some good theatre because it will help them down the track. Help them get into a better university, have better health, and find a high paying professional job. If you fail to bring your children to this show you’re actually depriving them. Just by walking into The Cooper’s Malthouse theatre you’ll have increased your child’s general wellbeing and achievements in later life. That’s worth the entry price alone. No pressure.

Macdeth is on at The Cooper’s Malthouse


5 Good Reasons to see Dirty Diana

1. Diana’s mum has high expectation for this show so Diana is telling jokes, playing ukulele, and cooking spring rolls all at the same time.

2. There will be a Durian on stage during the show. The beautiful, putrid smell of life.

3. Diana has invited Pauline Hanson to the show. Her RVSP is still pending. Fingers crossed.

4. Diana has been on Q&A, Friday Front Bar, and Fox Footy speaking in Vietnamese so the next level is to do this at Dirty Diana – #SameSamebutDifferent

5. This show is about embracing the tingles of life. Including at 10pm when you’re alone in your bedroom. OR you could be at this show and be part of a collaborative tingle.

Diana Nguyen performs Dirty Diana at Storyville


5 Good Reasons to see ‘One Big Story’ by Jolly Goodfellow aka Rumpel

1. I’m nuts…I’m Australian…I love squirrels

2. I’ve performed in fifty countries, traveled to seventy four so i must be doing something right.

3. ‘It is an experience you will never forget.’ The Scotsman -Edinburgh Fringe- 2017.

4. I was the original ‘Fool on the Hill’ character in the Beatles/Cirque du Soleil Love show in Vegas for two years,
2006-2008. I passed the two day audition on April Fool’s Day in Melbourne. Really!

Am renown for having performed multiple 24 hour shows, plus shows twice as long, lasting up to 48 to 53 hours
in several countries around Europe. That’s longer than my entire three week + 4 day run at 2019 MICF in one show.
Doing 25 nights all up here except March 29th (that date had already been reserved for something else). I will be squeezing
a lot into 60 minutues. My longest show in Australia was 16 hrs at the Byron Bay Music & Arts Festival in 1996.
Great to be back in Melbourne, my hometown after being away five and a half years.
Was living in LA (La La Land) appearing in tv shows, films, music videos etc.
You may have seen me on Fat Pizza tv show in Australia as the jester about sixteen years ago?
‘One Big Story’ will be a highly visual, ridiculously verbal show full of heart and with a fair amount of ear candy fun
by a real deal worldly wild card in a fantastical otherworldy dreamworld setting at Storyville which is right in the heart
of Melbourne CBD, only 700 mtrs from Melbourne Town Hall.
My fool’s journey has been an extraordinary long and winding road with enough bumps along the way…
The Show Must Go On…
Always good to help bring a smile to the world.
Laughter is universal!
This show is good value for money and wealth at heart.
Love makes us happy 🙂
Come and see this as i never know where in the world
i will be next?
These are 5+ Jolly Good reasons to come and see my show.
Also my name is Jolly Goodfellow. Really!
Positive = Positive ((( 💟 )))

‘One Big Story’ is on at Storyville


Ross Purdy in Kentucky Fried God Murder

1) Following on from last year’s “Clownbaby”, Ross Purdy is upping the ante as if it needed to be upped but he’s upping it anyway. “Surreal” or “absurdist” doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of this insanity. “Dadaist” maybe?

2) Not for the faint of the heart, for the real freaks who wanna get amongst it. So if you’re a real freak who loves getting amongst it, here’s the it to amongst.

3) Someone FINALLY makes fun of Christianity.

4) A brand new adorable baby-like character the festival will fall in love with!

5) Adelaide critics say “Like Lars Von Trier and David Lynch tried to out-mindf*** each other” and that Purdy goes “full Brando in Apocalypse Now” and is “just waiting to see which Dennis Hopper comes out of the jungle to tag along” which means you – the audience, which by my perspective is better than being Dennis Hopper in Blue Velvet.

Kentucky Fried God Murder is on at The Tickle Pit at The Croft from March 27 to April 6

5 Good Reasons To See Phill Davies in Marveled: An Original Parody Cabaret

1. Through this show, I will bring you up to date with where we’re at in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, all while I dress up in more superhero costumes than Infinity Stones.

2. We’ve got a whole band! That’s right, not just a solo piano, but a full 5 piece ensemble. And one of our Band Members have never seen a Marvel film, so you’ll probably know more about Marvel than he does!

3. We’re in the super nice Studio Theatre at Gasworks Arts Park in Albert Park! Literally just a short tram ride from the CBD!

4. We have a Disney song in the show like you’ve never heard before, and who doesn’t like a little Disney.

5. We have a Hulk.

Marveled is on at Gasworks Arts Park from April 9 to 13