Tom Ballard – Doing Stuff

By Jayden Edwards In his debut comedy festival show in 2009, Tom Ballard proclaimed he is what he is. After winning the Melbourne Airport Best Newcomer award that year, and continuing to go from strength to strength on Triple J’s breakfast show, I think it’s safe to say that...

Giveaway – Dave Bloustien & Shane Matheson

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St Ali’s is a fabulous new venue in Sth Melbourne with excellent parking, yummy cakes and late night shows with dancing. We’ve got 3 Double passes to each of two of the excellent shows there. Dave Bloustien is performing his 2009 Moosehead awarded The Social Contract which was originally...

Ronny Chieng – The Ron Way

By Colin Flaherty One of the cardinal rules of stand up is that you never blame the audience for not laughing but Ronny Chieng has come up with method of doing so while keeping the crowd on side. This is the magic of The Ron Effect. In his festival...

Bob Franklin & Steven Gates – Stubborn Monkey Disorder

By Lisa Clark When word got out that the urbane Sir Bob Franklin and Steven Gatesy Gates from Tripod were teaming up for a festival show this year, you could virtually hear minds boggling all over town. If you enjoy having your mind boggled, this one is definitely for...

Adam Knox is All Washed Up

By Annette Slattery Seventy two year old actor, comedian, TV host and misogynistic lothario Adam Knox is presenting his memoirs. At least, that’s the conceit of this show, as performed by the twenty two year old comedian Adam Knox. Knox opens the show with a song, a clever song,...

The Upstairs Mix Up

By Colin Flaherty In their Comedy Festival debut the Driving Monks Productions team present a random collection of sketches incorporating video, song and dance, and plenty of broad humour. The adventures of various socially maladjusted types are the order of the day. A majority of the scenes trade on...

Geraldine Hickey – Turns Out I Do Like Sun Dried Tomatoes

By Lisa Clark A ‘Coming Out’ show is pretty much a right of passage for gay comedians, and why not? The situation is ripe for angst, confusion, drama and hopefully liberation. What helps make Geraldine Hickey’s show so fascinating is that we have seen her performing for years and...

John Conway – The New Conway Explosion

By Daniel Sheppard One of my favourite discoveries of last year’s festival was John Conway’s “The New Conway Show” show, which I was recommending at every opportunity. There were a lot of expectations going in here, but instead of meeting those, John just decided to make whole new set...

Steve Thomson – Police Stories

By Colin Flaherty Joining the Victorian Police in 1974, Steve Thomson saw many crazy things during his twenty years in the Force. It is these wild but true tales that form the basis of his Comedy Festival debut. He has a catalogue of fascinating stories that are regularly funny...

Stephen K Amos – Laughter is My Agenda

By Jayden Edwards Ok, Stephen’s been around long enough that most of you already know what your getting at a Stephen K Amos gig, a bloke who’s extremely comfortable on stage, as witty as they come, and a razor sharp audience badgerer. You’ll get it in bucket loads in...