Squirrel Writers pick their Favourite MICF shows of 2014

The Squirrels see a LOT of shows during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival but it varies a lot. The quality, we agree has been quite high and we’ve seen very few duds. Some of us see more shows than others and we don’t all see the same shows, so...

Micah D Higbed in DisasterChef

By Elyse Philips As a society, we’re more obsessed with food than we’ve ever been. Cooking shows are some of the most popular on tv, social media is riddled with pictures of people’s meals and new food trends seem to crop up every week. In ‘DistasterChef’, Micah D Higbed...

The Bathtub Grin : The Inspection of Stanley Manor

By Colin Flaherty A frustrated vampire (Howard), a suicidal ghost (Phillip), a brain dead mummy (Adio) and a kooky mad professor were the housemates in the titular Manor. All was idyllic until the arrival of an inspector from the council. Faced with the demolition of their home, this unlikely...

George Glass : Advertising Death

By Alanta Colley The George Glass Boys have taken their musical ensemble to the next level by building a black comedy about love, death and revenge around their music. The Frissal Brothers, who smell faintly like con-men are staring down the barrel of bankruptcy as Frissel Funerals’ loans have...

Jason Pestell – Let’s Go

By Sofia Monkiewicz  At the beginning of the show, Jason Pestell addressed the fact that it was his media night and kindly offered to write his own review to save us the trouble. He added that he is his own worst critic, and would not hesitate to give himself...

Alice Fraser – Everyone’s a Winner

By Lisa Clark Everyone’s a Winner is a beautiful, intelligent, funny, story show about survival, not fitting in and gaining the strength to walk away and find a better life. Sydney comedian Alice Fraser trained as a lawyer at Cambridge University, but thankfully for comedy audiences a legal life...

Life Lessons with Michelle & Gemma

By Sofia Monkiewicz “I love and appreciate you.” “You are a wonderful human being.” These positive mantras are only one part of what make Michelle & Gemma the lovable duo they appear to be in their new show, which combines their bright, endearing personalities with some mostly-helpful hints on...

Zoe Coombs Marr : Dave

By Alanta Colley Dave is the antidote to the flogged-to-death clichés of blokey comedy. Coombs Marr has penned the perfect parody of a genre we are unfortunately all too well acquainted with. If you’ve ever stepped foot into a pub comedy night, an open mic night, or comedy dungeon,...

Lessons with Luis : By Myself

By Elyse Philips After two successful shows performing with his family, Luis Brown from Lessons with Luis is stepping out on his own for the first time (ably assisted by his crew, aka little brother Luelin). In By Myself, we get to know the real Luis as he tries...

Kelly Rose Ryan : Permanent Part-time Irregular Hours

By Alanta Colley The hardest question Kelly Rose Ryan ever had to answer was: ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ Kelly Rose Ryan is a woman with just too many passions to have a single career. Instead, she has three jobs, which she frantically runs...