This is St Ali’s first year as a Comedy Festival venue and they are jumping in with gusto. St Ali is the venue for ten official MICF shows and seven of them will include at least one night with an Auslan interpreter. Their late night shows under the umbrella of ‘The Late Night Percolator, have a sophisticated Melbourne comedy in a cafe kind of vibe, but also sound like a hoot! They include The Comedy Manifesto Reunion night, musical comedy, kareoke with comedians, trivia, burlesque and a puppet night. It’s a venue run by performers and I urge comedy fans to support them in their venture away (but not too far away) from the CBD.
5 Good Reasons to go to the venue St Ali
1. We feature internationally renowned 5 star and green room award nominated artists
2. We have parties every night from Tues – Sat where our cafe doors open to the public with free shows and awesome DJs
3. It’s an Artist Run Initiative, so we do our best to support our artists in as many ways as we possibly can
4. You can drive there easily and PARK around the corner for free after 6pm!! A novel concept. Alternatively, we’re an easy tram ride.
5. We’re actually funny, we like to dance, our heart is in exactly the right place, and we’re inviting you into our little nook to play with us.
Learn about all that is happening at St Ali at The St Ali Comedy website.
If you need any more convincing, consider the following:
5 Good Reasons to see JACK DRUCE – INTROVERT DEF JAM
1. If you see a show out side of the Town Hall area you don’t have to be hounded by people flyering you, this means you have a pleasant walk out, and comedians have their self esteem crushed.
2. My show is called ‘Introvert Def Jam’ and Involves a lot of ranting about StarWars and also at St Ali is Rob Lloyd doing a show about Dr. Who, So you could line up a perfect nerdy Comedy Double bill.
3. This is the first time this has happened, if this grows to be the biggest, coolest, comedy place in town, then you get to be the hip and trendy person who say’s “ohh, yea… St. Ali comedy I went there back in 2012… no big deal.’
4. Go there before the show to enjoy world class food and coffee
5. It always bothers me when a comedy night advertises its self with things external to the performance its self, like bar deals and venue stuff. The only real reason you should come and see a show at St Ali is that they have a picked spectacular line up of unique and talented comedians and you will have a really fun time.
5 Good Reasons to see ROSS DANIELS – PUNKED
1. If you missed it last time, or even if you didn’t, here’s your last chance to see my acclaimed one person show in a special encore season.
2. It’s made up of not only stand up, but story telling, characters, improvisation and real drama.
3. You’ll witness the birth of punk rock in a very cool [as in hip not uninsulated] venue.
4. I zip around the stage transforming into punks, evil cops, Molly Meldrum, my grandparents, former Queensland premier/dictator Joh Bjelke-Petersen, myself at age 15 and more.
5. You don’t have to be into punk, history, Brisbane or police to enjoy it. Audiences of all ages and locations [as well as the critics] have embraced ‘Punked’!
5 Good Reasons to see BRAD HEARNE – DEAF DEFYING
1. Given that there will be an AUSLAN interpreter for two of the shows you can come and see what rude words look like in sign language and then insult your co workers the following day without their knowledge.
2.Two words – Pity Vote, Australia has a proud tradition of championing people like me in the arts. Just look at every season of Australian Idol.
3.People are going to get a unique insight into what it’s like to be a partially deaf person in a hearing world. But it’s not just wall to wall deafness, because that would be weird…and really quiet. I also tell a funny story about getting a haircut.
4.If you come to my show it will validate my sense of self worth. Okay, so that one doesn’t do much for you,…but hey there’s always that karma thing.
5.MICF at St Ali – what could be better. There’s comedy, there’s caffiene, there’s late night shenanigans. It’s like spending an evening inside a really funny can of Red Bull!
5 Good Reasons to see RAG THEATRE’S – THE CLASSIC TALE OF FAUST
1. possibility of free vodka
2. possibility of free easter eggs
3. Debi Rice’s new poem
4. Scott Gooding in a Tux
5. support art made in collaboration with communities
5 Good Reasons to see ROB LLOYD – WHO, ME???
Five!?! Ha…I can give you ELEVEN good reasons to see ‘WHO, ME’ at St Ali during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
1- Like the First Doctor, ‘WHO, ME’ can be a little cranky but it does have a heart of gold.
2- Like the Second Doctor, ‘WHO, ME’ is slapstick joy to watch but has a deeper side.
3- ‘WHO, ME’ is as stylish and classy as the Third Doctors frilly shirts and velvet jackets.
4- Like the Fourth Doctor, ‘WHO, ME’ isn’t as stupid as it seems.
5- ‘WHO, ME’ thinks a vegetable is an appropriate fashion accessory, like the Fifth Doctor.
6- Like the Sixth Doctor, ‘WHO, ME’ can be pompous and self important but only for a very brief time.
7- Like the Seventh Doctor, ‘WHO, ME’ is enigmatic and controlling.
8- Like the Eighth Doctor, ‘WHO, ME’ has an exciting motorbike/ambulance chase (chase not guaranteed).
9- ‘WHO, ME’ loves to be dark and broody, like the Ninth Doctor.
10- Like the Tenth Doctor, ‘WHO, ME’ appeals to ‘the ladies’.
11- Like the Eleventh Doctor, ‘WHO, ME’ thinks Fish Fingers and Custard is delicious.
And that would be one of the nerdiest promos for a show you will every read my friends!