5 Good Reasons to see The Robot That Kept Killing Me & Other Stories That Will Make Your Mind Shit It’s Pants

5. Ain’t nothin’ else like it in the entire festival. This show is like a Voltron made of sketch-comedy, one-liners, musical comedy, character-driven comedy, and nerdy references like “Voltron”.

4. This year the Comedy Festival has a whole #NoDadJokes policy going on. Meanwhile, my show has a rock-opera about the freakin’ King of the Dads. Ya wanna pay to see some censored art, or ya wanna hang over here with us? The rebels. The Banksies. The cool kids who are singing rock songs about Dads.

3. I’m not too proud to mention how Squirrel Comedy really seemed to like our show last year (http://www.squirrelcomedy.com/?p=3991). Or rather, I’m just proud enough to mention that, ‘cause I though the review was lovely and it went to my head. T’was even listed it in one of their Top 5 shows for the entire festival. So, gentle reader, unless you have a working time machine, the smart money is on our new show! Hell, even with a working machine, the smart money is on our new show because messing with the space-time continuum can only end in tears.

2. This production has got some pretty grand storytelling (and not about real life bullshit, but about robots and gods and stuff)! I’m pretty good at story structure. Example; these “5 Good Reasons” lists normally go from 1 – 5; but this one is 5 -1, because I’m a master of suspenseful countdowns. Now, if that’s the kind of mind-blowing innovativeness I can do with a short list, imagine what I can do live with a band and an audience…

1. In all honesty, I don’t think I’ll be on this earth for very much longer… but it would fill my heart with joy if everyone were to come and see this show before I became an astronaut. Oh, also, it would be nice to pay the band.

The Robot That Kept Killing Me & Other Stories That Will Make Your Mind Shit Its Pants is on at Northcote Town Hall
http://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2014/season/shows/the-robot-that-kept-killing-me-other-stories-that-will-make-your-mind-shit-its-pants-fabian-lapham-the-actual-musicians

Squirrels Top 5 Picks of the Festival

Well the 2013 Melbourne International Comedy Festival is winding down this weekend.

We no longer hand out awards, because it is just too difficult for us to see everything, or even see the same shows as each other. Instead most of the Squirrels have picked their Top 5 shows. If they are still running we recommend that you might like to see some of them this weekend. It was really hard to narrow it down to only five.

Of course the festival isn’t over yet and we may see something that changes our list but we wanted to put this up before the festival was over so you could gain from our recommendations.

You’ll notice a few of the names crop up more than once. Some sold out shows are putting on extra performances in the final weekend like the play Choir Girl that had finished its run of three performances, but has added one on Sunday afternoon.

Check out the Melbourne International Comedy Festival website for details and keep festivalling ’til you drop!!

Lisa Clark 

Hannah Gadsby – Happiness is a Bedside Table

Dave Bloustien – The Grand Gignol

The Writers

Luke McGregor – My Soulmate is Out of My League

Sammy J – Potentially

 

Caitlin Crowley

Luke McGregor – My Soulmate is Out of My League

Hannah Gadsby – Happiness is a Bedside Table

Michael Workman – Ave Loretta

Best Comics Worst Gigs

Dave O’Neil – 33 Things I Should Have Said No To

 

 

Cathy Culliver 

Dayne Rathbone – It’s Me Dayne

Luke McGregor – My Soulmate is Out of My League

Simon Keck – Nob Happy Sock

Dr Professor Neal Portenza

Ryan Coffey – Late & Loud

 

Colin Flaherty 

Fabian Lapham & The Actual Musicans:God Fights the Dinosaurs & 9 Other Stories That Will Awesome You in the Face.

Simon Keck – Nob Happy Sock

Set List

Choir Girl – Sarah Collins

David Quirk – Shaking Hands with danger

 

Elyce Phillips 

Lessons with Luis – Famoucity!

Lords of Luxury

Sam Simmons – Shitty Trivia

Lawrence Leung’s Part-time Detective Agency

Mike Birbiglia – My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend

 

Luke Simmons 

Khaled Khalafalla – Devious

Brendon Walsh

Bev Killick – Goes “There”…Again

Daniel Connell – Mr Personality 1988

Trevor Noah – The Racist

 

2013 Melbourne International Comedy Festival finishes on Sunday 21st of April

Fabian Lapham & The Actual Musicians : God Fights the Dinosaurs & 9 Other Stories That Will Awesome You in the Face

By Colin Flaherty


Part rock gig, part performance art piece, this elaborately titled show sees Fabian Lapham and band (Asha on guitar, Andy on bass, Cynthia on uke and vocals, and Shane on drums) deliver almost what it says on the tin (Fabian explains that the degree of awesoming to the face may vary). Through a set of clever, amusing songs they tell a series of stories about love, heartbreak, philosophy and the trials of life. As a sort of between song banter, Fabian offers up some very silly pieces of stand up, hilariously lame impersonations and Russell Crowe poetry.

Most of the songs have spoken monologues for verses which, even with Fabian’s speedy delivery, helps with clarity compared to if these lines were sung. It certainly removes the need for every line to scan properly and is a perfect fit for these narrative heavy tunes. Before you call laziness on this ploy, he can hold a tune when singing the choruses that need a male voice while Cynthia provides sweet vocals elsewhere.

The majority of the humour is in the form of the absurdist lines that pepper the monologues. It does so in a way that gets laughs at their silliness while propelling the story forward. The songs don’t have to build to a punchline as you would normally expect from musical comedy, these tunes instead wrap up the narrative neatly and musically which isn’t a bad thing when the content is so entertaining.

It’s interesting to see how they have made the music an integral part of the show, even when we appear to be between songs. All segments get some appropriate musical backing to create mood and often add humour in the process. The celebration of the third wanking joke of the show gets its own theme tune while a collection of left over one liners races a musical clock.

There is some very clever songwriting going on here. We get call-backs to earlier stories or offhand comments either through the storytelling or musical motifs. One song even outlines the life of another song with the chorus comprising the angelic performance of this anthem during the story. Not all of this musical magic is funny and themes of the some songs are downright serious, but it sure does create wonderful atmosphere for Fabian’s witty lines to shine like beacons.

The interaction between Fabian and the band is brilliant. All are mute (save for singing) and straight faced as Fabian spouts his often self-deprecating lines, regularly rolling their eyes at him as if they’d rather be elsewhere. The only display of emotion we get from the band is at the finale with some hilarious, carefully controlled mayhem while rocking out.

A brilliant fusion of comedy, music and theatre it’s a wonderful experience. Featuring beautiful song-writing and expert musicianship you will be tapping your toes as well as laughing heartily.

God Fights the Dinosaurs… is on at Northcote Town Hall

http://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2013/season/shows/god-fights-the-dinosaurs-9-other-stories-that-will-awesome-you-in-the-face-fabian-lapham-the-actual-musicians