Romesh Ranganathan – Irrational

By James Shackell  Five years ago, Romesh Ranganathan was a maths teacher in Banstead, Surrey, a village so small and nondescript it literally doesn’t qualify as a UK ‘town’. He hadn’t yet performed in front of Prince Harry. He hadn’t created a BAFTA-nominated TV show co-starring his own mum....

Winners of the 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Awards

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The final Saturday night at The Festival Club is always a Big night and Max Watts has certainly found ways to squeeze in a hell of a lot more people than Hifi ever did. It was a pretty good line up of performers, with standouts being Geraldine Hickey, Urzila Carlson...

Tom Gleeson – Cheer Up

By Elyce Phillip  Game show host and comedic sidekick Tom Gleeson returns to MICF this year with Cheer Up, a show presumably titled as a reminder to Gleeson once he wanders off-stage, because it certainly had nothing to do with the show’s content. It’s a meandering hour of twaddle,...

Dairy Kweenz – Normal Human Responses

By Elyce Phillips  Dairy Kweenz (Colwyn Buckland, Taylor Griffiths, Jess Hagan, Filip Lescaut and Lena Moon) are an up-and-coming sketch group based in Melbourne, regularly performing improv at The Improv Conspiracy. Normal Human Responses is their second show, following on from their Fringe Festival debut last year. It’s an...

Frehd the Clown AKA Clownie: Stripped Bare

By Lisa Clark  Frehd Starr comes from Adelaide to her Melbourne International Comedy Festival debut already a legend in Melbourne comedy circles. As “Clownie Queen of Bongs” she starred in some of Justin Hamilton’s funniest standup routines and we did not know if she was made up. So here...

Phill Jupitus – Juplicity

By Colin Flaherty Phill Jupitus’s first show to tour Australia starts off with a witty song lampooning a certain self important rock band: one that certainly placates the Never Mind The Buzzcocks fans! After some light banter about his first experience travelling to the antipodes, he dives into the...

Raw Comedy Grand Final

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By Elyce Phillips Raw Comedy is the biggest open mic competition in the country. Over 1,000 acts competed over the last few months in heats in every state, and here it’s down to the final 12. Each comic performs a five minute set and at the end of the...

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...