Lisa’s Live Comedy Big Year 2017

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Come with me as I do A Big Year.  Not birds but comedian spotting.

I will attend a lot of comedy performances in 2017 and write about all of them.

 

TUESDAY March 21 

Anne Edmonds

Anne Edmonds

Catfish Comedy at The Catfish, Fitzroy  

Lineup: Mc: Tim Hewitt, Peter Jones, Loyiso Gola, Mae Martin, DeAnne Smith, Dave Hughes, Anne Edmonds, Daniel Connell, Stuart Goldsmith, Wil Anderson, Joel Creasey Headliner: Dilruk Jayasinha

Tommy Dassalo said it was going to be A Massive Gala Show and he was not kidding. All the performers other than Tim Hewitt the Emcee had a coveted spot at tomorrow night’s MICF Gala and they were trying out their spots on us, which meant all the acts were short and sharp. I don’t have time to cover them all, but I must say that two performers I saw Monday night at The Local have sharpened their act in 24 hours and I was very  impressed by Loyiso Gola & Dave Hughes. Though I’ve learned that Hughesy had come directly from his trial show, so its not so surprising he was firing. It’s been a couple of years since Canadian DeAnne Smith has been in the country & I’ve missed her, so it was great to see her being so powerfully hilarious as she taught the men in the room how to treat a lady. She owned the room. Wil Anderson, who will be Hosting the Gala knew that his anti Jan 26 Australia Day rants would go down a treat with the inner city Fitzroy crowd at The Catfish, but was a bit worried about whether the huge, more mixed Gala audience would go with him. How could they resist?

With a few of the performers I’d heard their stories before, but this is material that is going to burn bright on TV and it’s important that they show themselves at their best with true and tested gear. EVERYone tonight was honed and tight, ready for the Big Event tomorrow night, including lesser known Peter Jones and laid back Daniel Connell and the audience was equally pumped and excited. It was a joy & privilege to share this special Gala Eve with the performers.

Tommy D sadly couldn’t be there, but Timothy Clark held the fort for him and Emcee Tim Hewitt held his own, showing he was equal to being on stage with all those comedy stars. Oh and the  philly cheese steaks at The Catfish were superb as ever.

MONDAY March 20

Local Laughs at The Local Taphouse, StKilda

Lineup: Mc: Xavier Michelides, Sarah Jones, Ivan Aristeguieta, Loyiso Gola, Hap Hayward, Dave Hughes,  Headliner: Watson P1050106

The Audience was back on track this week to have a great time and the performers brought the stuff for us. Emcee Xavier Michelides warmed into the night and in the wake of Justin Bieber’s recent tour explained where the saying “Lock up your Daughters” may come from. The stage was set up with a weird contraption for the first act – Sarah Jones, comedy ventriloquist, who surprised us with some silly shadow puppetry. Ivan treated us all too briefly with a tight 3 minutes about Post Offices (Preparing for a Gala spot perhaps?) Next was Loyiso Gola from South Africa and known to Australian audiences from his appearances on Charlie Pickering’s The Weekly on the ABC. He was a little jet lagged but he soon got into his relaxed stride with some sharp gags that delighted the audience and received big cheers as he left. Hap Hayward followed by revealing his jetlag from his drive down from Ballarat.

The second half was all headliner with Dave Hughes having fun by playing it loose, trying new gags and giving us some very local St Kilda material. He was the best I’ve seen him in person in ages and very funny. Finally Watson, (Adam McKenzie, Tegan Higginbotham & Liam Ryan) giving us a variety of hilarious sketches from their new show and the sense of horror was quite creepy at times. They were brilliant despite no props, costumes or context. Bring on the Comedy Festival!

MONDAY March 13 

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Adam McKenzie

Local Laughs at The Local Taphouse, StKilda

Lineup: Mc: Laura Davis, Lehmo, Adam McKenzie, The Mighty Little Puppet Show, Jeff Green, Daniel Connell,  Headliner: Adam Richard

Another big night of variety, it’s always an interestingly curated night at Local Laughs thanks to Janet A McLeod. A packed full audience, but a bit on the strange side tonight. From the outset they were hard to get motivated to make with the noise and join in the fun, but then most of the performers were pre Festival stressed & trying out new gear on them. So it goes a little of both ways, I guess. I’ve been to nights like this before. It made for a bit of a weird one despite a really great line up and puppets. Lehmo has clearly worked on his material since we last saw him and has a great set happening. The problem with his new-dad stuff is that a pub audience isn’t going to be full of parents with kids. The Festival audience should have more fun with it but I can see he’s done some work making the material more non-parent friendly.

The real surprise guest of the night was Adam McKenzie, we haven’t seen him do a solo set for a long time and we found out why. He’s had a touch of bowel cancer last year and had the audience in fits with his medical related experiences. He warmed the room with a joyful glow and gales of laughter and was certainly the heart and highlight of the night.

The Mighty Little Puppets are a mix of muppets and impro and we were given a taste of the show tonight. Its hard to do impro in such a short spot but fun to watch never the less. Adam Richard had tales from Sydney and performing at the Daylesford festival that day.

The main thing we all took away from the evening was to remember to get our bums checked.

MONDAY March 6

Local Laughs at The Local Taphouse, StKilda

The Fake McCoys

The Fake McCoys

Lineup: Mc: Michael Goldstein, Geraldine Hickey, Laura Dunemann, The Fake McCoys, Matt Stewart, Headliner: Michael Williams

Michael Goldstein, is so effortlessly affable and gives off that sort of American style charm that makes hosting a comedy night look easy. Geraldine Hickey’s fun park material, that had the audience gasping, is strangely topical considering another Theme Park ride had trapped some people in the air the day before. Laura Dunemann shared her passion for several TV shows and for talking about said TV shows. I can certainly relate to going through periods of being obsessed with TV shows. The Fake McCoys (musical comedy act made up of Patrick Stokes and Christian Price) reminded us of how much they’ve been missed from the comedy world over the past decade or so with some ripper songs about current affairs and Tai Chi. During the break friends & I discussed the musical fad of guys & a guitar doing silly songs (as opposed to solo musical comedy / cabaret acts) and how it seems to have sadly waned. Will we ever see the likes of DAAS, Tripod, Scared Weird Little Guys, The Found Objects, The Fake McCoys, Renegades of Folk and so on, amongst newcomers again? After the break we had two acts; the warm charm of Matt Stewart and then the broad silliness of Michael Williams and his animated chickens. Michael’s animations from his new Moosehead awarded show are looking hilarious. I go home with Michael’s “Graph jokes” to the tune of Footloose in my head. This hangs around for a few days. There it is again….

MONDAY FEB 28

Rod Quantock in the mirror

Rod Quantock

Local Laughs at The Local Taphouse, StKilda 

Lineup: Mc: Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall, Jack Druce, Sonia di Iorio, Kelly Fastuca, Headliner: Rod Quantock

Alasdair won me with his opening Duck Impersonator bit, which can still have me in fits. He’s a gentle comedian which can fool audiences into thinking he’s going to be a safe standup but Alasdair can surprise audiences into the weirdest and darkest of places. Jack didn’t want to talk about being a young poor comedian, but can’t help writing about what he knows and it suits him. I’ve not seen much of Sonia Di Iorio and seeing her tonight makes me want to rectify that. Kelly Fastuca had lots of new stuff to talk about that was surprising and in her chatty way could not help mentioning the Oscars debacle, though didn’t quite give the full spoiler. I always enjoy it when comedians doing rooms occasionally break from their planned material and are up with any interesting newsworthy events. Speaking of which, up comes Headliner Rod Quantock, another comedian who is deceptively gentle and can surprise with a vicious aside. I’ve been enjoying his work for many, many years and have watched his act evolve with current political events. It was time for him to add the American president to his list of political villains on his Big Notepad. It was hard to tell if he is becoming genuinely more forgetful or if it’s part of his rambling, slapdash schtick. Anyway it was all endearingly entertaining, while ever unfailingly seditious and his fans were especially and vocally rapt.

FRIDAY FEB 17 

Shaun Micallef Yarraville

Shaun Micallef

Yarraville Laughs 4th Birthday at The Yarraville Club, Yarraville 

Lineup: Mc: Matthew Hardy, 1st Bracket: Lehmo, Danielle Walker, Bob Franklin, 2nd Bracket: Shaun Micallef, Sue-Anne Post, Rusty Berther, 3rd Bracket: Troy Kinne, Fiona O’Loughlin, Tony Martin.

Matthew Hardy and James Young always put on a smashing birthday show with what can only be described as a shitload of headline acts. It’s like a mini comedy festival. This year proved so popular that it needed two nights get everyone in what is a pretty huge room. The Room has big tables at the front for those paying a premium for dinner and show, then the price of the seats gets less as you get further away from the stage. Its one of the most expensive rooms in Melbourne, but generally delivers great night out to a packed audience and, no doubt, the performers are being well paid which is always a good thing.

Matthew has got Emceeing the room down to a fine art and the guy next to me (who kept asking me ‘who’s this?’ and giggled with delight throughout the evening) said “He’s funny!” The room was certainly warm and ready for Lehmo to get the show off to a flying start. He’s mostly doing ‘new dad’ gear unsurprisingly at the moment. Soon to lose her RAW crown Danielle was a bit of a risky act in my mind with what I would describe as a fairly mainstream audience, and her material certainly seems to be edging further into the dark which I must admit disappoints me a little. Her new Loch Ness Monster gear was so great (though her butcher paper drawings were a bit small in the huge space, she needs to make use of the big screen). She’s still developing, long way to go and she has a wonderfully individual outlook and voice I would not wish to curb. Bob Franklin came out and wowed those around me with some fabulous new gear.

Shaun Micallef brought a brilliant mix of old fashioned and out there weird by reading a poem from Jimmy Stewart, while doing his voice. I’ve heard Shaun do this before, at the Willy Lit Festival I think. Delightfully dotty. Sue-Anne brought her down to earth personal stories to the room and won everyone over with her big furry ball bag. Rusty rocked the room with some Scared Weird Little classics, which I love singing along to.

Troy Kinne fit the room like a glove with his charming ocker humour. Fiona has been through the wars, including a life threatening coma, but was vibrant and looking better than I’ve seen her in some time. It was heartening for me to see her make the room her own. Finally Tony Martin, a last minute replacement for Lawrence Mooney and brought the perfect material to bring it all home and send everyone off happily if a little exhausted from laughing.

TUESDAY FEB 14 

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Joel Creasey

Catfish Comedy at The Catfish, Fitzroy

Lineup: Mc: Dave O’Neil, Kirsty Webeck, Joel Creasey, Natalie Harris, Celia Pacquola, Tommy Dassalo, Anthony Morgan, Ben Knight Headliner: Tom Ballard

Yes it’s Valentine’s Day and what better way for us to spend Valentine’s Day evening than watching comedy together. The traffic was appalling and there was no time for us to have dinner in a fancy restaurant beforehand, we were lucky to even make it in time for the comedy. Luckily The Catfish has a kitchen and the American chef does Philly Cheese steaks which turn out to be heaven in a bun. Cocktail of the night was also a winner. So, great food, drink and, as it turns out, a Big line-up of excellent comedians in a room that’s a comfortable size for the audience.

And now some highlights.  Dave O’Neil is, as always, the lovable Host. I was amused that he was doing anti Hipster material to an audience of young people in Gertrude St Fitzroy. Now that’s brave, edgy stuff!! Immaculately dressed Joel Creasey straight from his appearance on The Project was the surprise opener act. The story he’d just done on The Project was much filthier on stage. Morgs in Melbourne from his farm in Tassie to work on Ronny Chieng’s new ABC comedy, wanted to get nostalgic for his youth, as he’d realised he probably performed in this very venue as an 18 year old comedian but he kept being distracted by the bulldog clip holding the curtains together on the wall behind him. Celia brought some new material with a killer punchline. Tommy Dassalo who co-runs the night got on stage and showed that he too is Festival Ready and why this is a great time of year to get out into the live comedy nights. Tom Ballard we had seen last night do a longer headline spot and his bang on political material is so dense that a second sitting actually pays off, as you pick up on stuff you missed while you were laughing the first time. It’s also still all just as funny, which is a sign of top notch gags. Tonight I picked up that he’s living in Melbourne now, so we’ll see more of him and that’s fantastic.

MONDAY FEB 13

Rose Callahan

Rose Callaghan

Local Laughs at The Local Taphouse, StKilda

Lineup: Mc: Tegan Higginbotham, Judith Lucy, Nick Capper, Sam Taunton, Angus Gordon, Rose Callaghan, Headliner: Tom Ballard

Feeling unwell but was so glad I dragged my butt out to the Local for some Valentines Eve laughs. The show was bookended by two amazing surprise performers; last minute drop in Judith Lucy opened the show and Tom Ballard closed it up. MC Tegan Higginbotham is always worth seeing, she was not only in top shape and festival ready, but getting us all in the mood for love by regaling us with some astonishing, badly written, weird porn. Meanwhile Judith seduced us with an uncanny impression of a Movie star and led us on a journey through some hilariously shit 80s music. A joy and a privilege as ever to experience someone of Judith’s calibre in such a small but packed room who are all loving every minute of her performance. Nick Capper took us into some delightfully weird places and sex positions and when we thought it couldn’t get any weirder along came Angus Gordon who reminded me a little of a young Dave Quirk with a gentle measured pace and a dark edge. One of his ‘things’ is to get audience members to punch him, then insult them for not being strong enough to really hurt him, but not in a witty way, just in a really strange way. In hindsight, it was a bit of a shame he neglected to ask our Emcee, and trained boxer, Tegan…. Then to round off the first bracket Sam Taunton brought us back into the light with some breezy topical observations, about the weather, touring and sheets to take into the break. It was received by the audience like a cool change after a heatwave.

The second bracket was led by our Valentine’s single Rose…Callaghan who was all like ‘Oh you think you guys are a bit dark and edgy? Right’ and had the audience hiding behind their hands with her hilarious but terrifying Valentines Horror Story. Finishing the night our headline act Tom Ballard was pure, passionate politics. Tom held the audience spellbound for half an hour, breaking down his feelings about his political views and the shit currently going down in the world. What struck me is how his stage presence has matured since I last saw him perform live a couple of years ago. Missing his 2016 award winning show The World Keeps Happening was my biggest regret of the year. After winning the Inaugural John Pinder Award last year at MICF, he took his show to Edinburgh and was nominated for Best Comedy Show in the biggest arts festival in the world. He lives in Sydney, so I don’t get to see him do spots very often and it always gives me a special joy to see a comedian hit their stride and own the room they are in. Tom Ballard is definitely right there at the top of his game. So glad I hauled my less than bushy tail off the couch and to the Local tonight.

SUNDAY Feb 12 

Splendid Chaps

Splendid Chaps

Splendid Chaps at Bella Union Bar, Carlton 

Lineup: Ben McKenzie, John Richards and Petra Elliot with guests, Djoymi Baker and George Ivanoff – Topic : Dr Who Spinoffs.

Splendid Chaps was a monthly podcast celebrating the 50th anniversary of Dr Who in 2013. Each month they discussed and celebrated a different actor’s Doctor and a specific Dr Who related theme and along the way there were extra and mini episodes about special topics. This show was like one of those side episodes and the topic was Dr Who Spinoff series. There were many comedian guests during 2013 including Adam Richard, Tegan Higginbotham (named after a Dr Who character), Dave Callan, Josie Long, Justin Hamilton, Cal Wilson, Rob Lloyd and Stella Young who performed live along side host Ben who is one of the doyens of Melbourne Nerd comedy, which is why I decided that the podcast was worth covering by Squirrel Comedy. Also I’m a big Dr Who fan and attended most of the recordings that year.

Splendid Chaps is a bit like a club with injokes, catchphrases, prize giveaways and dressups and this afternoon was like a club reunion. One of the audience members had flown from Sydney to attend. The performers were a little rusty and took a little time to warm into it, but show did not let us down. The main Dr Who Spinoff series that were discussed in depth were The Sarah Jane Chronicles, Torchwood and the new one Class. Part of the fun was seeing Ben and John passionately disagree about Class. The Guests were not comedians, they were both writers and Djoymi Baker teaches cinema at Melbourne Uni, but there were many laughs throughout and as usual a fabulous musical performance to end the show. Petra Elliot sang the Class Theme song, “Up All Night” which is probably better than the show itself (in my opinion). I hope there are more Splendid Chap reunions to come but best of all you can hear the podcast of this performance (& all the ones from 2013) from their website.

FRIDAY Feb 4

Cinema Fiasco at Cinema Nova, Carlton 

Geoff Wallis & Janet A McLeod

Geoff Wallis & Janet A McLeod

Lineup: Janet A McLeod and Geoff Wallis perform commentary on the film Kingdom of the Spiders (1977)

So we come to the last of  this Summer’s season of Cinema Fiasco, back again at Cinema Nova. The film was Kingdom of the Spiders and the spiders were rather cute furry tarantulas. I think quite a lot of tarantulas died in this film being the 70s, but you can see the actors carefully stepping around them through most of the film as the spiders are no doubt expensive and they only have so many for the film. In the town you can see where they’ve been painted on the road and the obvious straight line where the painted spiders stop and the rest of the road is clear. All very funny. Best of all it starred William Shatner who got some great competition in cheesey acting from the ladies in the film. Janet and Geoff in outfits covered in furry fake spiders had enormous fun pointing out all the silliness in this film and the audience had a hoot joining in. Kingdom of the Spiders was actually surprisingly entertaining and not too dull, a bit slow to get started but Shatner is always entertaining and it suddenly picked up at the end. Great choice of film for Cinema Fiasco and my favourite of the season. These bad film appreciation nights are so much fun, I hope we don’t have to wait too long for the next one.

  • Tonights repetative motif that goes *bing!* was 70s curtains.

MONDAY JAN 30 

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Lineup: Mc: Ivan Aristeguieta, Josh Earl, Daniel Tobias, Laura Dunneman, Michael Shafer, Hap Hayward Headliner: Bart Freebairn

Well the tennis is over and The Local is back to full capacity once more. It’s always great when you see a performer who has worked on, extended and generally improved on their routines since you’ve last seen them and it was a joy to laugh heartily at MC Ivan Aristeguieta’s work for this reason. The opening act was a visitation from some extremely talented Robots who may or may not have been Daft Punk but were probably Josh Earl and Daniel Tobias (of Die Roten Punkte). How exciting is it when a couple of wildly talented performers get together on a performance and it pays off? Josh is going to have some great guests in his Festival show this year and if this is any gauge, it’s going to be Fabulous! Josh also did a surprise set of his own and broke a thong but soldiered on and was great as usual. Laura probably used the word fingering more than anyone else to appear on The Local stage. Interesting fresh tales but a bit flat tonight. Michael Shafer has been impressing me every time I’ve seen him over the past year and his stuff about lawyers really had the room going, esp some people up the back who were really going off. Hap Hayward, a country teacher who’s gaining experience, was enjoyable last time and has improved in confidence and ability which again is always great to see and the audience loved him. Bart Freebairn never fails to bring me to tears of laughter, so I’m always excited when he’s on the bill. He proves that you don’t have to shout to own the room and get the punters roaring. I keep wondering why he isn’t a household name already.

MONDAY JAN 23

Sarah Jones with Dummy

Sarah Jones & friend

Local Laughs at The Local Taphouse, StKilda 

Lineup: Mc: Dilruk Jayasinha, Michael Chamberlain, Laura Davis, Gillian English, Sarah Jones, Headliner: Sami Shah

Host Dilruk has been working hard and is clearly game ready for Festival season. Had the smallish audience feeling like a much bigger crowd and did his job well. Chambo has a serious beef with the Dalai Llama, so maybe Tibetan Budhists should steer clear of his Festival show this year. Laura Davis is really making a space for herself as a comedy maverick who takes the audience into unexpected jawdropping places that has the audience laughing and gasping at the same time. Then we have Gillian English from the Great White North smashing the Patriarchy, comedy and the room in general. Sarah Jones has some new puppets; a head on stick to terrify and a tribute to The Most Wuthering Heights Day Ever, when people all over the world (inc yours truly in a huge crowd in Melbourne) dressed as Kate Bush and performed the choreography from Kate’s Wuthering Heights video. Headliner Sami Shah, has done quite well since moving to Melbourne, getting to do a radio show on the ABC and proved again tonight that he is a brilliant storyteller, if you’ve not seen him as yet, his will be a show to catch at MICF 2017.

 SUNDAY JAN 22

Wil Anderson Fire at Wil at The Comedy Theatre, Melbourne. Wil Anderson 1 night Stan

Lineup: Wil Anderson, Supported by Justin Hamilton

It feels weird to admit that I’ve not seen a full length Wil Anderson Show since 2010, at The New Zealand International Comedy Festival. Everyone had been raving about his 2010 show in Melbourne & I’d missed it, so looked forward to catching up with it in New Zealand. Unfortunately when I finally saw it he didn’t do the new show. Same title, old material that was still great but I’d seen many times.

Tonight opened with a bit of pre-show banter where he explained that this show was not going to be the complete Fire at Wil but a mix of that and a previous show because this was going to be recorded and I must say, I was a bit worried. But luckily I had only heard one routine before and it was a corker about finding himself semi-nude and locked out of his room.

Well as I said, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen one of his full length shows. There are several reasons for this. It used to be because he did his pre-festival warm up shows in Melbourne and I’d see one or two of those instead. That was awesome, seeing him create a new show in a tiny space – and now lucky Sydney gets to experience these. Then as I began writing reviews we would rarely get media passes for the big names such as Wil; the sort of shows that are likely to sell out don’t need reviews. Then if we did get review tickets I would give them to the younger reviewers with stars still in their eyes, knowing that

Justin Hamilton  Wil Anderson at The Shelf

Justin Hamilton Wil Anderson at The Shelf

Wil Anderson is not going to do a dud show, and from what I hear, he hasn’t in all this time. There are so many acts to cover during the festival and I get to see Wil hanging out with his mates on stage at The Shelf, but I know, it’s not the same. So when I heard he was reprising his 2016 MICF show in Melbourne, on a Sunday evening in January, when I was sure to be free, I jumped on the tickets.

Wil did not let me down. He is exceptionally good at this comedy festival show thing. Who would’ve thought? For a lot of people this Rock Star Comedian experience is their normal comedy experience, for me it’s a small percentage of my comedy outings and it really was thrilling to be in that atmosphere of a big excited room of fans all having a ball with one of the best standups in the country.

His opening banter non-show part of the evening was pretty brilliant too. He was able to cover some current politics that he’s clearly dying to share with us but unable to put in the show because it will date and he was also able to give his condolences for a major tragedy that had occurred in Melbourne on Friday.

Icing on the cake was getting to hear new material from warm up act Justin Hamilton who also had the room roaring with laughter. Wonderful to also see him in a huge theatre killing it with people who are not necessarily there to see him. Though I’m sure he had many fans, like me in the theatre.

MONDAY JAN 16 

Ethan Cavanagh

Ethan Cavanagh

Local Laughs at The Local Taphouse, StKilda

Lineup: Mc: Xavier Michelides, Lehmo, Daniel Connell, Ethan Cavanagh, Headliner: Cal Wilson

It was hot outside and a bit quieter this week, but the comedians soon heated up the joint. Emcee Xavier Michelides was in top form and says he’s working blue – though interestingly this was less rude than the last time I saw him & remember saying to a friend ‘gee he’s not always that full on’.  Lehmo working on material that is mostly about his new family. It sounds like he’s jetlagged and still in shock mode a few months in. It was interesting to get Cal’s contrasting years of experience at the other end of the show. She’s found out ways of getting joy from childrearing, namely lying to them. Daniel Connell had the audience in his hand and is clearly ready for his upcoming festival show. Ethan Cavanagh was a Class Clowns finalist in 2016, he’s just a kid, but this was not his 1st time at Local Laughs and it won’t be his last. He’s brimming with potential, high energy, he had the audience laughing throughout, clearly a great young talent to keep an eye on. Matt Smith is very low energy, dry, gentle comedy with a Rod Quantock vibe but not so political, a lovely contrast of styles between the zappy Ethan and the sassy Cal Wilson. Cal clearly has a humdinger of a Festival show in the works. I was in tears.

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Cinema Fiasco at The Astor Threatre, Windsor

Lineup: Janet A McLeod and Geoff Wallis perform commentary on the film Friday The 13th (1980)

Wow 2 Cinema Fiascos in one month! This time we were back at home base and the audience is chockers. The gorgeous Astor Theatre; a rare old fashioned single screen cinema with a cinema cat called Duke, who we got to say Hello to (he was too grumpy & sleepy to pat. Also he’s had a Summer haircut). Only Cinema Fiasco could get me out to watch Friday the 13th. Am not a slasher fan and this film pretty much justified my aversion to them. It is pretty awful. Though I must say, for slasher fans, the killings do start surprisingly early and come pretty regularly, but the intermanable bits in between are so dull and badly acted! As Janet and Geoff helpfully point out; we actually sat watching a person make an instant cup of coffee in real time from lighting the kettle, sadly she doesn’t get to drink it, as the action finally kicks in and she’s too busy fighting off the crazed killer. Janet and Geoff outdid themselves with outfits (Janet as a dead teen & Geoff as the surprising killer Mom) and had us laughing throughout by pointed out all the dumb things in the film, riffing jokes and making us groan with puns. They really do help the audience get through some terrible films.

  • Tonights repetative motif that goes *bing!* was Checkered shirts.

 

MONDAY JAN 9

Luke Joseph Ryan

Luke Joseph Ryan

Local Laughs at The Local Taphouse, StKilda

Lineup: Mc: Ivan Aristeguieta, Luke Joseph Ryan, Jess Perkins Laura Davis, David Rose, Headliner: Josh Earl

The roof of The Local Taphouse fell in after a storm and flooding during the Festive break, but with a bit of sticky tape and fairy lights the roof was repaired, and, crisis averted Local Laughs was back tonight with a fairly packed audience and a solid line up of regular favorites and fresh faces. The Local Taphouse is a pub specialising in a vast aray of brews and ciders that has a lot of comfy couches and a great special menu of food for comedy goers. The chips are divine. You can also have a special sit down meal upstairs. Host Ivan is jumping at the bit to sell out shows again at MICF and Josh Earl is working up what clearly promises to be an exciting show about music festivals. Laura Davis also had the audience whooping and losing control with some new jawdropping work. Luke reminded me of a more laid back Bart Freebairn. A bit loopy and windy taking the audience down scary and unexpected paths, that usually end up being worth the trip. When things don’t seem to work he can get extra laughs from that. There was a noisy patron at one put that threatened to put Jess off, but she ignored it and kept her ground winning the audience back. Generally there was an air that everyone was happy to be back at Local Laughs enjoying live comedy.

 

FRIDAY JAN 6

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Lineup: Janet A McLeod and Geoff Wallis perform commentary on the film Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

So happy to have Cinema Fiasco back for 2017 and Janet and Geoff have not let us down in the costume dept. Both dressed as pretty scary Killer Klowns. Janet’s outfit is made from 3 tutus. The film is about, you guessed it, clowns from outer space who are killing everyone off in a small town in the 1980s. It was a film with its tongue firmly in cheek which made it a little less funny for me than the unintentionally funny films shown at Cinema Fiasco. My fave thing about it was the genuine 80s hair and fashion that only a really low budget film can capture. There were still a lot of laughs to be had from what is still a very bad film made entertaining by the research and the funny comments interjected by Janet and Geoff (and the odd audience member shout out). There is a club feel to Cinema Fiasco because a lot of us have been regulars for 10 years, and we are are keen to join in on the fun. It was a pretty packed audience tonight having a great time.

  • Tonights repetative motif that goes *bing!* was Big Tops.