Melbourne International Comedy Festival Awards 2015

Sam Simmons
Well what an amazing Festival it’s been this year. So many shows were on offer (over 500) that it took longer for the Award Committee to get their Nominations ready for announcement. So many we could only touch the surface in our reviews. We try to cover a broad...

Seemingly Evil – Mix Tape

by Elyce Phillips  Melbourne locals Seemingly Evil (Alice Tovey, Clare Rankine, Melissa Trancia, Sam Garlepp, Lachie McKenzie, Will Reinehr and John Liacopoulos) returned to MICF this year with a fresh bunch of sketches. As the title would suggest, Mix Tape is a grab bag of skits with no unifying theme. Some...

Tim Hewitt – Suckerfish

By Luke Simmons  Tim Hewitt’s Suckerfish was a show run at the 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival that contained Hewitt and a revolving door of invited comedy acts. This reviewer went on the last night of the festival and it was clear that there was a party atmosphere in...

Tripod and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra – This Gaming Life

By Elyce Phillips  Tripod (Scott Edgar, Steven Gates and Simon Hall) have teamed up with legendary composer Austin Wintory and the MSO to produce a suite of songs about video games that sound as beautiful as they are hilarious. This Gaming Life spans the history of gaming, from the pixelated...

Kelly Fastuca – I Need An Adult

By Elyce Phillips  Kelly Fastuca has spent the last five years living in New York. After some very authentic public transport experiences, she’s returned with some killer material and an eerily perfected mid-western mom accent. Now she’s back in Werribee, and while all her friends are starting to grow up...

Ross Noble – Tangentleman

By Elyce Phillips  It’s difficult to know where to begin when reviewing a Ross Noble show. So much of his material is reliant on whatever he happens to notice in the crowd that opening night will no doubt be entirely different to the nights that follow. But the one constant...

Dave Callan – A Little Less Conversation 2: A Little More Less Conversation

By Lisa Clark  Anyone who saw Dave Callan’s A Little Less Conversation or has laughed at his astounding version of “All the Single Ladies” dance routine will understand the sort of work Dave will put into making dance funny for his audience. This is his most polished show yet...

Claire Hooper – School Camp

By Elyce Phillips We all remember things differently. Some of us might like to think we have near photographic memories, but we can never be certain we’re recalling things exactly as they happened. We have a tendency to twist our personal histories into something that’s more palatable. In School Camp,...

Clem Bastow – Escape From L.A.

By Elyce Phillips  After a run at Bar Open during the Melbourne Fringe, Clem Bastow has brought a new and improved version of Escape From L.A. to the Comedy Festival. For those who missed it the first time around, Bastow tells her story of fleeing to East Hollywood to...

Madeleine Culp – Madeleine Schmadeleine

By Lisa Clark  Well it’s pretty obvious what Madeleine Culp is trying to achieve with Madeleine Schmadeleine; deluded TV star on a desperate downward spiral, it’s not a particularly new concept and unfortunately Madeleine Culp isn’t able to bring anything fresh to it or make it work for her as a...