The 2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Award Winners

Denise Scott Mother Bare pic
By Lisa Clark Tonight the 2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Awards were presented at the Festival Club Hifi Bar at about 1am as usual. The top award The Barry was awarded to an emotional, teary Denise Scott who thanked everyone and spoke glowingly of an industry who supported her...

Clayton Carrick-Leslie in Write About What You Know

By Sofia Monkiewicz On the surface, Clayton Carrick-Leslie is a charming guy. He comes across as confident and charismatic, and his articulate booming voice fills the entire room, demanding attention and laughter. Unfortunately, it proves difficult for the audience to meet these demands, as his 2014 Melbourne International Comedy...

Die Roten Punkte : Eurosmash!

By Alanta Colley Astrid and Otto Rot are back this Festival with their latest tour of ‘Eurosmash’; their fourth album. The duo spared no expense in this flashy sense-saturating production. They take us into outer space, the world of celebratory diets, romances on the road, and reveal an uncomfortable...

Sammy J & Randy’s Difficult First Album Tour

By Alanta Colley Sammy J and Randy the puppet are back this Festival, with an all stops removed adventure in comedy. There’s nothing like a tour to test the friendship of the most resolute duo. In this performance we hear of the phobias, the tricks, the grievances and the...

Squirrel Writers pick their Favourite MICF shows of 2014

The Squirrels see a LOT of shows during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival but what each of us sees 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, still have several shows to...

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...