MICF 2012 Reviews

David O’Doherty presents Rory Sheridan’s Tales of the Antarctica

By Annette Slattery . What Rory Sheridan did, he did for love. And you won’t regret what he did for love. So who is Rory Sheridan and how did he come to be the leader of an Antarctic Expedition. That is the story that David O’Doherty tells in Rory Sheridan’s...

The Axis of Awesome – World Tour 2006

By David Slattery. Entering the Hi-Fi in Melbourne never fails to put one in the mood for a proper rock gig. And I am glad to say no one was disappointed with the rock gig we were treated to. With the appropriate amount of imaginary pyrotechnics introducing the show, the...

Squirrel Comedy Writers list our Top Five Favourite Shows at the 2012 Melbourne International Comedy Festival

It’s impossible to get out to see every show at the festival. Especially for the Squirrel writers, as most of us have full time jobs in the real world. In the past when we were The Groggy Squirrel we gave an award for our favourite Australian show but it...

Danny McGinlay Learns Ukrainian

By Annette Slattery. “добрий вечір” says Danny McGinlay as he hits the stage for his new show “Danny McGinlay Learns Ukrainian”. For those of you not fluent in Ukrainian, that means “Good evening”. Obviously, having seen the show, I can now converse in fluent Ukrainian (of course I’m not...

The Horne Section

By Lisa Clark. Having enjoyed The Horne Section last year, I looked forward to this must see event of the festival with great anticipation. Alex Horn has gathered some great mates around him who happen to be very talented jazz musicians for a late night, big old fashioned, British...

Dr Toby Halligan is not a Dr

By Annette Slattery. Hitting the stage with a husky voiced charm, Toby Halligan makes himself at ease with the audience from the get go in his new show “Dr Toby Halligan is not a Dr”. Halligan takes on the big guns in this show including religion and politics. But...

Michael Chamberlin – Joy and Despair

By Annette Slattery.  Michael Chamberlin’s new show “Joy and Despair” is, quite frankly, light on the joy and heavy on the despair. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a very funny show. Chamberlin’s ‘set ‘em up and knock ‘em down is as sharp as ever, if not sharper. But if...

Mike McLeish and Fiona Harris – Plus One

By Elyce Phillips. When you hear that the incredibly talented Mike McLeish and Fiona Harris are teaming up for a show, you have high expectations. Plus One not only meets those expectations, but surpasses them. The show manages to sum up decades of friendship, in a single hour, in a way...

Dave Warneke – Fact!

By Colin Flaherty. You may have seen a young fella spruking his show around the Town Hall using a life-sized cardboard cut-out of himself. If you liked his sales pitch and wandered down to The Tuxedo Cat, you would have experienced a high energy performance by Dave Warneke, a...

Grand Final RAW Winners

Lessons with Luis & Family
And the Winner of RAW is Lesson’s with Louis (and his family) in Luis Presents Kidney Kingdom In case you missed its now finished, short run, Luis Presents Kidney Kingdom can be likened to a play put on for you by your strange cousins when you visit them in their suburban...