1. there will be no added flavours or preservatives.
2. the entire show is in 3D.
3. ad breaks will be minimal.
4. no animals were harmed in the making of the shows jokes (although a cockroach was flattened with a Haviana thong when it ran across my keyboard. That incident was responsible for writing the joke ‘^%fhgthr’).
5. We’ll have fun.
Spit & Polish is on at ACMI – Below. For more information and bookings visit the website:
1. There is cheese. Like actual, physical cheese. Not just the show being cheesy, which it is a little bit as well. I have both literal & metaphorical cheese. Cheese.
2. You need a reason other than cheese? Really?
3. Okay then. Well, I have 6 costume changes. One of them happens in under 15 seconds. Magic! Ohhhhhhhh! Ahhhhhhh!
4. There are a bunch of things in the show like circus, singing, dancing, monkeys, animation, nerf guns and at least one squirrel. You know, the usual stuff.
5. If you come to the show, I will give you a hug. Unless you hate hugs. If you hate hugs we can handshake in a very official way like business associates who have just done some really good business (but I will be secretly hugging you in my brain).
The Merchant of Whimsy is on at Pleasance House Comedy. For more information and bookings visit the website:
1. In 2014, Suren was handpicked by the Melbourne International Comedy Festival to appear in The Comedy Zone, a showcase of the top five emerging comics from around Australia. The prestigious showcase has a rich tradition of presenting future favourites of Australian comedy, including Tom Ballard, Celia Pacquola and Ronny Chieng just to name a few.
2. Suren is not a tall white male. Quite the contrary, Suren is a petite brown… male. Suren brings a different perspective to Australian comedy, one that is from a growing voice in our society. This is intelligent and raw humour about multiculturalism in Australia.
3. Who even eats bread anymore? Suren has had life-threatening food allergies and may as well have been labelled a ‘bubble boy’ since childhood. He’s had a head start on restrictive diets, so if you’re going paleo or gluten free, perhaps you should learn from the master.
4. Suren didn’t pay attention in sex-ed. He mistakenly heard the teacher say, before any hanky-panky, it helps a lady get in the mood if there’s a bit of wordplay. Consequently, Suren spent years refining his craft for witty one-liners, but is yet to master foreplay. (Suren may have also mistakenly heard his teacher say “hanky-panky”)
5. Cause Eat Praline, Die is like Eat, Pray, Love with less of the self discovery but more Tupac references. And laughs. Plenty more laughs.
Eat Praline, Die is on at the Portland Hotel. For more information and bookings visit the website:
1. Michael Keaton basically plays himself.
2. Ed Nolan in tighty whiteys, nuff said.
3. Amazing cinematography.
4. That drumming soundtrack.
5. Zach Galifinalis can do no wrong.
A Hip Hikers Guide To The Galaxy is on at The Butterfly Club. For more information and bookings visit the website:
1. It’s set inside a dinosaur stomach. FACT. It’s the spectacular combination of madcap funsters Shane Matheson (Jhonsy Award Winner) and Madeleine Culp (ABC radio). FACT. We have squeezed three reasons into one because we don’t play by the rules. FACT.
2. More laughs per minute than Jurassic Park.
3. The most flatulent hula-hoop routine you ever done seen.
4. Songs about dinosaur spew and dinosaur poo that are completely different songs and not just the same song with one word changed.
Dinosaur Guts is on at Melbourne Town Hall. For more information and bookings visit the website:
1. It combines improvised comedy with the magic of music theatre – something for everyone!
2. The cast includes some of Melbourne’s best improvisers, comedians and music theatre performers – who are all really attractive.
3. You leave singing songs that didn’t exist an hour before!
4. You’ll laugh at things you never knew could be funny.
5. Every show is different so you can come see us every night of comfest (except Mondays)!
Impromptunes : The Completely Improvised Musical is on at Trades Hall. For more information and bookings visit the website:
The team at Impromptunes are also performing in a show aimed at kids : Tune Your Own Adventure at the Melbourne Town Hall. For more information and bookings visit the website: