Reviews

Chimp Cop Forever

By Elyce Phillips Sketch group Chimp Cop (Timothy Clark, Adam Knox, Ben Vernel and Rosie Vernel) have earnt themselves a reputation as cult favourites at MICF. At the last couple of festivals, word quickly spread around about how hilarious they were, and their late-night shows became must-see viewing for...

Jennifer Wong – How To English Harder

By Elyce Phillips  Jennifer Wong has very good English. She knows this because she’s been told so by complete strangers. She’s so good at English, in fact, she’s written a whole show about it. How To English Harder plays around with language in fun and unexpected ways, bringing together...

Trygve Wakenshaw – Nautilus

By Elyce Phillips  I first saw Nautilus back in 2015, when it was still a 90-minute-long work-in-progress. Since then, Wakenshaw has toured it around, picked up an award nomination in Edinburgh and tightened it up to 75 minutes. It’s a hilarious, unique piece of comedic theatre that’ll have you...

Romesh Ranganathan – Irrational

By James Shackell  Five years ago, Romesh Ranganathan was a maths teacher in Banstead, Surrey, a village so small and nondescript it literally doesn’t qualify as a UK ‘town’. He hadn’t yet performed in front of Prince Harry. He hadn’t created a BAFTA-nominated TV show co-starring his own mum....

Tom Gleeson – Cheer Up

By Elyce Phillip  Game show host and comedic sidekick Tom Gleeson returns to MICF this year with Cheer Up, a show presumably titled as a reminder to Gleeson once he wanders off-stage, because it certainly had nothing to do with the show’s content. It’s a meandering hour of twaddle,...

Dairy Kweenz – Normal Human Responses

By Elyce Phillips  Dairy Kweenz (Colwyn Buckland, Taylor Griffiths, Jess Hagan, Filip Lescaut and Lena Moon) are an up-and-coming sketch group based in Melbourne, regularly performing improv at The Improv Conspiracy. Normal Human Responses is their second show, following on from their Fringe Festival debut last year. It’s an...

Frehd the Clown AKA Clownie: Stripped Bare

By Lisa Clark  Frehd Starr comes from Adelaide to her Melbourne International Comedy Festival debut already a legend in Melbourne comedy circles. As “Clownie Queen of Bongs” she starred in some of Justin Hamilton’s funniest standup routines and we did not know if she was made up. So here...

Phill Jupitus – Juplicity

By Colin Flaherty Phill Jupitus’s first show to tour Australia starts off with a witty song lampooning a certain self important rock band: one that certainly placates the Never Mind The Buzzcocks fans! After some light banter about his first experience travelling to the antipodes, he dives into the...

Raw Comedy Grand Final

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By Elyce Phillips Raw Comedy is the biggest open mic competition in the country. Over 1,000 acts competed over the last few months in heats in every state, and here it’s down to the final 12. Each comic performs a five minute set and at the end of the...

LADY SINGS IT BETTER : STORY TIME

By Angela East  Take pop songs by male artists. Have them performed by four women cabaret singers. Listen carefully to the lyrics and you will find that some of them are more than a little bit dubious. That’s the concept behind Lady Sings it Better , a cabaret group...