MICF 2013 Reviews

Robots Vs Art

By Colin Flaherty The synopsis of this play (the leader of our robot overlords in a dystopian future forces the last human, using the threat of extermination, to help him understand the formula of art) indicates that this will not be a light and fluffy night of comedic theatre....

Laura Davis – Look out it’s a trap!

By Lisa Clark Watching Laura Davis is like spending time with a kid who’s had too much red cordial at a party and is blurting out everything on her mind. Her bubbly personality and high pitched voice give you expectations of a bright happy comedy festival show, however the...

THREE HIGH ACROBATICS – KNOCK OFF

By Luke Simmons Three High Acrobatics (website) have marked their debut at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival with an extravagant hour-long show weaving in comedy with gravity-defying stunts. This show contains a “tradie” theme with each of the performers dressed up as though they’d come straight from a work...

Jason Chatfield – Stand Up Comic Strip Live

By Colin Flaherty This is an autobiographical account of Jason Chatfield’s life from chubby misfit kid in Karratha, W.A. to successful cartoonist. He takes us through hilarious tales of misfortune, luck and learning that see him enduring shitty jobs and encountering many inspiring people (and just as many annoying...

Rich Fulcher – Tiny Acts of Rebellion

By Elyce Phillips Rich Fulcher is a man known for bizarre and anarchic comedy. We have seen him confound and amuse in ‘The Mighty Boosh’ and ‘Snuffbox,’ and this new stage offering does not disappoint. Based on his 2009 book of the same name, ‘Tiny Acts of Rebellion’ is...

Mark Trenwith After Dark

By Cathy Culliver Mark Trenwith may be trying to leave his usual kids comedy persona behind with this adult show, but there’s no denying he is and always will be a big kid at heart. Better known to the younger generation as the fart-loving, armpit hair-collecting children’s entertainer Mr...

Horses That Shoot Lasers From Their Eyes : Subject To Change

By Colin Flaherty The pre-festival publicity for this show was intriguing, an elaborate and vague title, and the only description being “Content and themes may vary”. They even went to the effort of flyering wearing a horse’s mask to add further mystery. The anonymity was lifted as it was...

Fabian Lapham & The Actual Musicians : God Fights the Dinosaurs & 9 Other Stories That Will Awesome You in the Face

By Colin Flaherty Part rock gig, part performance art piece, this elaborately titled show sees Fabian Lapham and band (Asha on guitar, Andy on bass, Cynthia on uke and vocals, and Shane on drums) deliver almost what it says on the tin (Fabian explains that the degree of awesoming...

Barry Morgan – Organ is not a dirty word

By Elyce Phillips ‘Organ is not a dirty word’ takes us to Barry Morgan’s World of Organs – a kitschy music shop located in Sunnyside Mall. Here we learn of Morgan’s rivalry with a childhood acquaintance who has opened up a store next door selling electronic pianos. Barry Morgan is...

Danny McGinlay Hypertonic

By Lisa Clark Danny McGinlay’s show this year is a bit like bumping into a friend in a pub you haven’t seen for a year who’s been having a whale of a time and wants to tell you about it all. Danny is a fine story teller and proficient...