Shows previously seen at MICF 2020

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival begins on March 25 so it’s time to start planning!

Here is a list of shows in this year’s festival that we have already seen along with links to our thoughts about them. As usual we give the disclaimer that festival shows are ever evolving entities so they will certainly have changed since we sat in the audience.

Anna Nicholson : Get Happy

Here is Ron’s review from Edinburgh Fringe 2019: http://www.squirrelcomedy.com/?p=13977

Get Happy is on at The Butterfly Club from March 25 to 29
https://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2020/shows/anna-nicholson-get-happy

This Is Our Pilot by Annie Lumsden and Lena Moon

Here is Lisa’s review from Melbourne Fringe 2019: http://www.squirrelcomedy.com/?p=14374

This Is Our Pilot is on at Trades Hall from March 26 to April 5
https://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2020/shows/this-is-our-pilot

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience

Here is Ron’s review from Edinburgh Fringe 2008: http://www.squirrelcomedy.com/?p=1633

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience is on at Stamford Plaza from March 31 to April 5
https://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2020/shows/faulty-towers-the-dining-experience

Game Boys Cinematic Universe

Here is Lisa’s review from Melbourne Fringe 2019: http://www.squirrelcomedy.com/?p=14338

Cinematic Universe is on at Trades Hall from March 28 to April 4
https://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2020/shows/game-boys-cinematic-universe

Gillian English: You’re a Good Man, Dr Pirate

Here is Peter’s review from Melbourne Fringe 2019: http://www.squirrelcomedy.com/?p=14346

You’re a Good Man, Dr Pirate is on at Coopers Inn from March 25 to April 19
https://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2020/shows/you-re-a-good-man-dr-pirate

Melissa McGlensey : The Briefing

Here is Lisa’s review from Melbourne Fringe 2019: http://www.squirrelcomedy.com/?p=14331

The Briefing is on at The Butterfly Club from April 7 to 19Sooth
https://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2020/shows/the-briefing-with-melissa-mcglensey

Nick O’Connell, Billie Duncan & Josh Webb: T’Each Their Own

Here is Peter’s review from Melbourne Fringe 2019: http://www.squirrelcomedy.com/?p=14379

T’Each Their Own is on at Crowded In The Vaults from March 25 to April 5
https://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2020/shows/t-each-their-own-1

Scout Boxall : Good Egg

Here is Colin’s review from Melbourne Fringe 2019: http://www.squirrelcomedy.com/?p=14366

Good Egg is on at The Malthouse from April 10 to 19
https://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2020/shows/scout-boxall-good-egg

Southplayers: Completely Improvised Shakespeare

Here is Lisa’s review from Melbourne Fringe 2015: http://www.squirrelcomedy.com/?p=9433

Completely Improvised Shakespeare is on at Trades Hall from April 6 to 19
https://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2020/shows/completely-improvised-shakespeare

Stephen K Amos Talk Show

Here is Ron’s review from Edinburgh Fringe 2019: http://www.squirrelcomedy.com/?p=14027

Stephen K Amos Talk Show is on at The Melbourne Town Hall on April 4
https://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2020/shows/stephen-k-amos-talk-show

The Faulty Towers Experience – Review from 7/8/2008

This review is from the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe, it was originally published by The Groggy Squirrel on 7/8/2008. It is being performed again (as it has been most years) in 2012. The restaurant in 2012 is B’est Restaurant

By Ron Bingham

This was one of the most madcap and fun packed dining experiences I can recall. I laughed so hard my jaw is aching. The combination of a very nice three course lunch and very close-up floor show is one that I find hard to fault. Sure, the limitations of performing around the tables in a restaurant mean that at some points in the show, all the action may be happening at the other end of the room, but that does not diminish the fun. Of course the alternative is having them right in front of you, removing your cutlery or giving you someone else’s dishes. Having Basil stare at you for keeping your elbows on the table is a very scary experience, let me tell you.

The show starts before we enter the restaurant and the seating is part of our introduction to the afternoon (or night if you are in for dinner). Chaos and mayhem follow as everything disastrous you could imagine taking place will somehow occur, and a few things you certainly wouldn’t imagine will also jump out at you. To tell too much would be to give away some of the magic. Suffice to say, this was one of the most entertaining lunches I can recall and for fans of Fawlty Towers, it is a must see experience. I did see a couple of youngsters who looked bemused and can only assume their comedy education has been lacking.

The cast handled the whole affair with a timing and flair that can only come with extended planning, rehearsal and a lot of performances. These people are at the top of their game and this is one of the must-see shows at Edinburgh. The food is tasty as well.

Booking info for 2012 Edinburgh fringe can be found here http://www.edfringe.com/whats-on/theatre/faulty-towers-the-dining-experience