LADY SINGS IT BETTER : STORY TIME

By Angela East  Take pop songs by male artists. Have them performed by four women cabaret singers. Listen carefully to the lyrics and you will find that some of them are more than a little bit dubious. That’s the concept behind Lady Sings it Better , a cabaret group...

Nic Sampson – Has Fallen Down A Well

By Elyce Phillips  Nic Sampson is a New Zealand-based comedian. He’s worked in TV, performed with improv group Snort, and this MICF, he has fallen down a well for our amusement. Has Fallen Down A Well  combines concept comedy with traditional stand-up in an ambitious 50 minutes that provides...

Matt Kilpa – Songs in the Key of Awesomesauce

By Colin Flaherty Originally hailing from Perth, stand up comedian Matt Kilpa has been edging himself into the musical comedy game. In Songs In The Key of Awesomesauce he presents a show that’s hilariously quirky, geeky and a whole lot of silly musical fun. Where else would you hear...

Dara O Briain Live

By James Shackell  The old adage ‘You get what you pay for’ isn’t always true at the Comedy Festival. Some of the best gigs I’ve ever seen cost less than you’d pay for two bowls of ramen, while occasionally headline acts at The Town Hall and Hi-Fi bar have...

Liam Ryan – Well That’s Disappointing

By Colin Flaherty A 2000 strong crowd are waiting for comedy legend Russ Danger to take the stage. Holding the fort is warm up comedian Liam Ryan. He dances for our amusement during the absence of the headliner in this wonderful study of anxiety & humiliation that seamlessly merges...

The Mooks – Boganocracy

By Colin Flaherty In 2117 the world has managed to come together to alleviate global warming, provide food, shelter and healthcare for all and generally promote harmony all over the globe…that is except for Australia. It has become a wasteland ruled by four factions: The Collingwood Football Club, Retake...

Alex Ward: Quiet

By Lisa Clark The title of this show is ironic, well it’s certainly not blearing at you like a nightclub, but Alex Ward is pretty chatty. There was a time when her parents were worried she may have speech problems but I’m sure those worries are well and truly...

Leaky Bucket – First Crack

By Colin Flaherty Leaky Bucket (Prue Blake, Darcy Fleming and Matthew McCartney) are a young sketch troupe performing their first MICF show together. This peppy trio of upstarts are eager to show off their sketch talents but as the performance progresses we soon see that all is not as...

Gillian English is a Bitter Shrew

By Lisa Clark  Most of us have a shitty romance or breakup story, and Gillian English has put hers into lists for us. She is questioning why she has on several occasions been called a “Bitter Shrew”. She goes about this by loudly naming and shaming men who’ve behaved...

Different Party by Trygve Wakenshaw and Barnie Duncan

By Angela East As the audience take their seats Trygve Wakenshaw and Barnie Duncan—or rather, Grareth Krubb and Dennis Chang—welcome you into Rucks’s Leather Interiors showroom. They hand out business cards while running a sales pitch for their leather goods with the catch phrase “imagine a room covered in...