The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is quickly approaching and we are getting very exited! So many shows and less than a month to see them all! To help you through the madness of it all, we your busy, bushy tailed Squirrels will be helping you decide what shows to see.
We will be asking comedians to give us Five Good Reasons for you to choose their Festival show over the hundreds of others that are happening.
We will also be publishing reviews of festival shows that we have already seen.
During the Festival we will be putting up masses of reviews, pictures and interviews and have other exciting plans in the works.
Meanwhile it’s still a great time to be out at comedy clubs so keep an eye on our fabulous Gig Guide. Many comedians who are performing at the festival are out and about testing their material and big names often suddenly surprise everyone by dropping in. At the same time you might be discovering next year’s festival newcomers. All of Melbourne is buzzing, get out and join the buzz!
After another very successful Fringe where ticket sales were up by 10% The Adelaide Fringe Festival Awards were handed out yesterday. Michael Workman, who won best Newcomer at last years Melbourne International Comedy Festival won the Best Comedy award for his new show Mercy. Workman is originally from Perth and won Raw in 2008, which was his first year of doing comedy and that saw him flying off to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe. Workman will next be performing Mercy at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. The other nominees were Andrew O’Neill for Alternative and Felicity Ward in the Hedgehog Dilemma.
The Award for Emerging Comedy Artist was given to UK hip hop act Abandoman who are Rob Broderick and multi instrumentalist James Hancox.
Best Children’s Presentation Award went to Brown Brown Brown Brown – The Kids’s Show by Dr Brown & Stuart Bowden.
The Pick of the Fringe went to sexy circus troupe La Clique’s La Soiree and The TalkFringe Award went to Mindblown a close up magic show by Matt Tarrant.
The Underbelly Edinburgh Award which comes with $27,000 went to beat box vocal percussionist Tom Thum for his show Strut & Fret and Tom Thum.
Full list of winners can be found on the Adelaide Fringe Festival site
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We will be publishing photos from gigs you’ve seen during the week, if you have any you would like to share send them to us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We plan to write about all the rooms in Melbourne and hope to interview the producers of those rooms. If you have a room we don’t know about, get in touch at email@example.com. We begin with a room close to our hearts, Local Laughs in St Kilda and an interview with Janet A McLeod.
We’re also looking forward to keeping you up to date with all the news from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. But remember comedy is not just for Festivals, fabulous live comedy is happening in rooms around Australia every night of the week.
Putting this site together has been a big learning curve for us, and we’re still learning. I’d especially like to thank Jayden for designing the logos and a lot of the work getting it up, to Colin for his all his work on the site, especially the gig guide and to Annette for her original vision and inspiration.
Lisa Clark, Editor.
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Tickets are now on sale for shows in this years Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
The Comedy Festival Gala is being hosted by Sammy J & Randy and has already sold out, but there are still tickets available for some of the festivals biggest events including the Opening Night Comedy Allstars Supershow, RAW Comedy National Grand Final, The 23rd Annual Great Debate Upfront and more!
Highlights in 2012 include American comedy legend Wanda Sykes, the return of UK based comedians Dave Gorman, Shappy Khorsandi, Glenn Wool Tim Key and Aussie born Sarah Kendall. Simon Munnery’s two shows, including his conceptual restaurant ‘La Concepta’ which we tasted a sample of during his show last year and, as always, a new one from Daniel Kitson. Four of Australia’s best comedians are getting together to perform a live silent film; Andy Mclelland, Asher Trelevan, Celia Pacquola and Sammy J in Tie her to the Tracks. Interesting pairings include Bob Franklin and Steven Gates (of Tripod) in Stubborn Monkey Disorder and the husband and wife team of Mike McLeish & Fiona Harris in …..Plus One. There is also Rod Quantock’s Mystery Comedy Tour which is garanteed fun if you don’t mind walking and don’t forget to try something new. You might discover the next big name! Of course there are many, many more shows happening, so get to it.
To get in early and secure your seats, check out the full list of shows on sale here. New shows are being added as they go on sale.