Interviews

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....

Interview with Randy

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By Daniel Paproth It has been a great year for Randy, the beloved, foul-mouthed, purple-hued comedian and singer. The musical sitcom that he filmed with good mate Sammy J, the brilliant Rickett’s Lane, is doing good numbers on ABC iView and is soon to be premiered on television and...

Interview with Karl Chandler about Comedy at Spleen and Portland Comedy Rooms

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By Lisa Clark Karl Chandler came into the comedy world in his late twenties and has since built a small comedy empire of sorts around him. Along with his contemporaries, he played a big part in rejuvenating the Melbourne Comedy scene of the past five or so years. Karl runs two of...

Justin Hamilton talks about Comedy @ Crown

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By Lisa Clark Earlier this year Crown Casino put on a Winter season of comedy in its Groove Bar and they had the smarts to get Justin Hamilton in to help put the night together. Hammo’s reputation brought the hardcore comedy nerds in (like me) and Crown brought a...

Interview With Frank Woodley

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By Alanta Colley Frank Woodley; the lovable man child has been part of our lives for as long as we can remember.  Appearing at one of the first ever Melbourne Comedy Festivals in the late 80s as part of a trio,  Frank went on to decades of success as...

Interview with Luke McGregor

Luke McGregor
By Noel Kelso Luke McGregor is a stand-up who came to prominence after winning Best Newcomer award at the 2013 Melbourne Comedy Festival. Since then he has continued to perform stand-up both in Australia and the UK and has appeared on television on the ABC’s Dirty Laundry Live with Lawrence Mooney...

Interview with Kate McLennan about The Ducks Nuts, Bleak – the web series and her recent trip to India as part of RAW Comedy.

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By Lisa Clark Kate McLennan first came to everyone’s attention with her extraordinary solo performance in the 2007 Barry nominated The Debutante Diaries, where she created a small town of characters all preparing for a Debutante Ball. Since then she has been involved in many different projects including animation voice...

Interview with Milton Jones about his first time at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival

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By Noel Kelso Milton Jones is a celebrated UK television and radio comedian probably best known to Australian audiences for his regular appearances on topical quiz show Mock The Week where his clever and surreal one-liners prove even more entertaining than his blazingly bright Hawaiian shirts. He has won...

Interview with Ben McKenzie about his ‘Uncool’ Festival show, Splendid Chaps and Night Terrace.

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By Lisa Clark Ben McKenzie, also known as The Man in the Labcoat, has been spreading his intelligent geeky comedy around Australia for ten years. This includes comedy tours of the Melbourne Museum, performing a comedic version of Dungeons & Dragons (Dungeon Crawl) and performing with the Anarchist Guild...

Interview with Matthew Hardy about Yarraville Laughs comedy room.

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By Lisa Clark  A month ago I was lucky to be in the audience for the first birthday show of Yarraville Laughs. It was one of those really special nights in a club with a top notch, awesome line-up of standup from Glenn Robbins, Dave O’Neil and Tony Martin....