5 Reasons to See John Green & Rakhesh Martyn Great Expatations

1 – Sri Lankan-born Rakhesh and native Englander John met doing stand-up in London, which is like the Olympic Village for comedy. Which has given us both a very British comedy style. We have now landed in Australia for what we are calling our Commonwealth Games Tour. Why do we keep comparing ourselves to world-class athletes? We both hold medals from major sporting events. John won most improved back in 1992 for the under-8s rugby team. And Rakhesh won best in class at his swimming lesson on Thursday. Straight-up warriors!
2 – If you’re looking for a show that will ‘take you on an emotional rollercoaster’ and ‘challenge your opinions’, save that shit for Twitter. We are only here to make you laugh.
3 – It’s cheap! Well, cheaper than the visa for us to get here. If anything, this is the least you can do for us.
4 –  Our 8.45pm time slot is perfect for you to have some dinner in the city, catch our show at Tasma Terrace just behind Parliament Station, and still be home in time for the national anthem. We could not make it any easier for you.
5 – You read this and got to the end. If you don’t come now, you’ve just wasted part of your life you’ll never get back. Don’t waste it!
John Green & Rakhesh Martyn perform Great Expatations at Tasma Terrace

5 Good Reasons to see The Big HOO-HAA! Melbourne

1. 2018 saw us sweep to 33 consecutive weeks of sold out shows at our regular Friday night home, The Butterfly Club – so, over 1700 people can’t be wrong, right?

2. Do you like Horror? Musicals? Romance? Then you’re in luck! Each of our Comedy Festival shows has a theme! Not only do you get the best bits of our regular improv extravaganza, but this year you also get a fun and whacky theme sprinkled into all our games. Allow yourself to be dazzled and tickled in equal measure by The Spooky Show, The Singing Show and The Sexy Show.

3. Our ensemble is jam-packed full of some of the most talented super-humans in Melbourne, who will be making ‘em up for HOO-HAA in between starring in their very own Comedy Festival shows. Me oh my, do they have some stamina! So go see Little Sketchbook of Horrors, I Made This for You, How Far I’ll Go, The Return of Grazie Fibonacci, Woman of the Hour, Mix Tape, Glanc You For Having Me, Rocky the Third, Murder Village and Rhyme Zone, and witness their brilliance when they’re not a facing off in a battle of improv wits.

4. You’re never the butt of the joke at The Big HOO-HAA!. We love audience suggestions to help us create the made-up magic on stage, but you will never be made to feel like the punchline of a cheap gag. We’re so happy to do the sillies so that you can sit back, have a good time and leave with your dignity in tact.

5. Our shows are on Monday nights when almost all the other shows take a break, which means you don’t have to choose between that so-hot-right-now star of the uber-successful Netflix stand-up special and us. You can do both! *High-five* So, what are you waiting for?

The Big HOO-HAA! is HOO-HAAing Big at The Melbourne Town Hall on Monday Nights

https://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2019/shows/the-big-hoo-haa

5 Good Reasons to see Woah, Alyssa! 2

1. We’re two lovely boyfriends who do very funny sketch comedy. If you don’t know what sketch comedy is, it’s like a bunch of little gay plays. So if you love comedy but have a short attention span you will love this show!

2. This show is the sequel to our first sketch show, Woah, Alyssa! 1, which ended on a legendary cliffhanger. Come find out who survived the mysterious plane crash!

3. For real tho, this is our second fantastic show at MICF, so you could say this is your chance to see living legends.

4. We know this sounds bold, but our tagline, “queer comedy for normies”, pretty much sums it up; we put on a show that’s very gay and weird but also funny enough that we’re pretty sure your straight grandma can come and have a good time. (If your grandma’s even STRAIGHT)

5. It’s conveniently located at Crowded in the Vaults: Pilgrim Bar at the perfect time of 9.10pm from the wonderful dates of the 26th of March to the 7th of April!

Colwyn & Fil perform Woah, Alyssa! 2 at Crowded in the Vaults: Pilgrim Bar

https://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2019/shows/woah-alyssa-2

5 Good Reasons To See Michael Shafar 50/50

  1. Michael Shafar is a comedian and joke writer for The Project on Channel 10. Australia’s best and only TV show.

 

  1. He just performed his new show 50/50 for the first time at Perth’s Fringe World and sold out every show and got a sweet ★★★★1/2 review.

 

  1. The show is about getting testicular cancer a bit over a year ago. Don’t worry, he’s fine. This isn’t like his Make A Wish or anything.

 

  1. Seriously, the show is very funny. It’s not a Ted Talk.

 

  1. It’s on 28 March – 21 April at Victoria Hotel. $2 from every ticket sold in Melbourne is being donated to Cabrini Hospital where Michael underwent all of his treatment and surgeries. Keep the receipt and claim it as a tax deduction.

Michael Shafar performs 50/50 at The Victoria Hotel

https://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2019/shows/50-50

5 Good Reasons to See The Birdmann and Egg – A Late Night Birdhouse

1. We’ve seen it. And it’s pretty good!

2. We’ve been nominated for Malcolm Hardee Awards’ ‘Most Original Comedy’ at the Edinburgh Fringe, Just For Laughs’ ‘Best Comedy’ at the Montreal Fringe and winners of ‘Best Circus’ at the Adelaide and Melbourne Fringe Festivals.

3. It’s an actual show, not just “talking,” with cool stuff to original music like climbing inside a 6-foot balloon, origami extravaganzas and a mysterious sword box illusion in an hour of pure comedy weirdness that makes for the perfect late night show!

4. There is a multi-instrumentalist Egg from Japan.

5. It will make you feel like this, “FANTASTIC!  I felt so liberated and in love with my life. Like I could be fantastic too!” -The Plank

The Birdmann and Egg – A Late Night Birdhouse performs 4 – 7 Apr (4 nights only) at Melba Spiegeltent – That’s the one in Johnston St Fitzroy

https://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2019/shows/late-night-birdhouse

5 Good Reasons To See Blake Everett Greatest Hit(s)

1. It’s a ‘Greatest Hit(s)’ show!

2. But, don’t confuse that with an actual greatest hits show, where an artist performs the best of their repertoire. This is not that, this is a brand-new show, and whilst I’m not denying that some of the bits could inevitably end up on my greatest hits album, they are currently not (as it does not exist).

3. In 2016 I was ‘king hit’ out the front of a Frankston cinema. “Oh, the title is beginning to make more and more sense now”, you say. And you’d be right to say that. “But, that doesn’t seem funny”, and once again, you’d be correct. It’s called pathos. It’s the crux of the show.

4. I respect the craft. If you respect comedians who respect the craft then you’ll definitely respect me.

5. I perform a unique blend of stand-up, sketch and musical comedy. It’s fast-paced and ever-changing, so if you’re not sure what your favourite form of comedy is, or you find yourself getting bored by an hour of talking, this show could be your true calling *ring ring* get your tickets, please.

Blake Everett performs Greatest Hit(s) at Tasma Terrace March 26-31 

https://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2019/shows/greatest-hit-s