Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2018 – Previously reviewed shows

The 32nd Melbourne International Comedy Festival has been officially

Lano & Woodley

Launched for 2018. Hosted by comedy legends Lano & Woodley, their reunion this year, after 12 years apart, in their new show Fly is one of the big thrills causing quite a buzz in a gigantic, exciting programme. There are more than 620 shows in this years festival. Some of the shows are encore performances and others that we Squirrels managed to catch and review at other festivals.

Feel free to click on the links below and read what we thought of these earlier iterations, keeping in mind that festival shows are ever evolving beasts that change and develop over time, so the new version may be quite different to one we saw.

See a favourite off the telly, See someone you’ve never heard of. Most of all have a wonderful time and keep an eye on Squirrel Comedy as the new reviews roll in and we keep you up to date on what’s happening via our Social Media.

Previously Reviewed Shows:

The Bear Pack
Phoebe O’Brien’s review from Edinburgh Fringe 2017 :
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Ben Volchok Presents…
Lisa Clark’s review from Melbourne Fringe 2017:
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Chris Lassig Dr Chris’s Theory of Everything
Conor Merrigan-Turner’s review from Melbourne Fringe 2017:
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Elizabeth Davie – Super Woman Money Program
Lisa Clark’s review from Melbourne Fringe 2017:
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Geraldine Hickey – It’s My Show
Lisa Clark’s review from Melbourne Fringe 2017:
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Hit By A Blimp – I’m Here
Colin Flaherty’s review from Melbourne Fringe 2017:
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Elyce Phillips’review from Melbourne Fringe 2013:
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Laura Davis – Ghost Machine
Elyce Phillips’review from MICF 2013:
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Lauren Bok – Between a Bok and a Hard Place (Originally performed as A Bok In Progress)
Colin Flaherty’s review from Melbourne Fringe 2017:
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Luke McGregor – Almost Fixed it
Lisa Clark’s review from MICF 2017:
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Matt Harvey – War of the words
Conor Merrigan-Turner’s review from Melbourne Fringe 2017:
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Phil Wang – Kinabalu
Colin Flaherty’s review from Edinburgh Fringe 2017:
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Political Asylum Comedy – Late Night Riot!
Angela East’s review from MICF 2017:
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Rob Hunter – Late O’Clock
Andrew Holmes’review from MICF 2012:
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Sean Bedlam – Death to America
Colin Flaherty’s review from Melbourne Fringe 2017:
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Soothplayers -Completely Improvised Shakespeare
Lisa Clark’s review from Melbourne Fringe 2015:
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Snort With Friends
Elyce Phillips’review from MICF 2017:
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Wanda and Mel
Lisa Clark’s review from Melbourne Fringe 2017:
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Matt Harvey – War of the words

By Conor Merrigan-Turner
War of the words

War of the words was a blend of traditional comedy with interactive and educational commentary on the downfall of the English language, exploring how we have neglected to acknowledge the cold hard truth that we are a nation based on the theft of the world’s greatest languages. Matt Harvey, the writer and performer revealed and enlightened us into the works of words and the irony in a lot of what we say. Derailing common and newly formed phrases, by some of the globes most active political social media users (i.e Trump…).

This was not a show that steered clear of political goings, the commentary was so easily strung together with good humour, whether the audience understood the political context or not it was still amusing.

The intimate venue allowed Matt Harvey to feed off the audiences’ understanding of the topics to redirect and paraphrase for those in the crowd not bound to media watch. This heightened sense of awareness really gave the show the flexibility to create its own individual tone.

Matt was a versatile performer who adapted all ‘bits’ to how the crowd felt on topics. Although the jokes didn’t always hit the right spots and the occasional tender subjects, which did cause a clench in the lower region, that could be felt in the air and Matt was sure to make a comment on that. It prevailed as an interactive show which put us in a lovely spot for the rest of the night.

War of the words is on at Courthouse Hotel – The Dock until October 1

5 good reasons to see Matt Harvey: Just for funny Podcast

1. The comedy podcast has been enjoying a successful run on iTunes for around a year and a half. So we know what we are doing.

2. Previous guests have had 5 star shows, award winning shows, and sell out shows. So this might be the best chance you get to see something new and exciting.

3. You love being the first to know about a thing. Our comedians are some of our favourite comedians you’ve never seen, but they are great.

4. Just for Funny is a podcast that presents snippets of the finest up and coming comedians we know of and presents them to you so you can take some of the guess work out of learning about new comedians. You can get a taste of the show on youtube so its not like you’re even taking a chance really. Go on and listen. Its a lot of fun.

5. We have gone to thousands of hours of open mic comedy. It can be a tough slog. We then filtered and distilled those hours down to these fine comedians. Don’t let us waste all those hours.

Matt Harvey & Marty Atta’s live podcast recording of Just For Funny is on Saturdays at The Tickle Pit

5 good reasons to see Matt Harvey: The face of gentrification & other ideas

1. You like smart comedy that will make you laugh and maybe even pause to appreciate an idea. Matt Harvey was described by comedian Frank Hamster as a “philosophical comedian” while he doesn’t necessarily know if that’s true he likes it a lot.

2. You are a good person and a supporter of all things locally sourced. This locally sourced comedian grown from entirely local ingredients… (eww).

3. A lot of shows you see this year will have dick jokes or be a bit rude. This show might be a bit rude but there will be maybe one dick joke. But it is in service of a much bigger ideal, I promise.

4. The show has done two successful festival runs so is in its most polished and powerful final form. You’ll never see this show do better.

5. The show has received 4 and 5 star reviews from audience members. You know, trust worthy people like you. You’re a person like you. You can trust you.

Matt Harvey: The face of gentrification & other ideas is on at The Tickle Pit from April 17

5 Good reasons to see Matt Harvey – Just For Funny: A live comedy podcast

1.  Honestly the festival is huge and unless you’ve “seen them on the telly” picking between unknown comics is hard. We’ve seen them, performed with them, moved among them. This is a hand picked list of comics we trust you will enjoy.

2. You can try us out first. We’re on iTunes so really you’re not even taking a chance on us.

3. There is a roller coaster at our venue. Seriously, if after the show you haven’t had enough fun you can then go ride a roller coaster!

4. Its a live podcast recording, be a part of recorded history. Hear your unique laugh resonate through your headphones in a sort of comedy inception. This may be your chance for immortality, or for your laugh to be immortalised.

5. You like to support local, right? Local bands, local produce, local comedians. Put all your good will into one podcast.

The Just For Funny podcast is being recorded live at Luna Park!

For more information see the MICF website:

5 Good Reasons to see We’re Living in the Future – Matt Harvey

1. You’ve already seen it. Like Dr. Manhattan you are an effect of your own cause, you have seen it, you will see it. You can’t fight destiny, you will book your ticket now.

2. Its not purely science fiction! For those afraid they will be lost in references like the above one, it does cater to an audience of varying amounts of knowledge. Its Science, Politics, everyday life all wrapped in a shiny theme, Science Fiction.

3. You like to laugh at the absurd nature of life and the universe.
If I’ve learnt nothing else from Tinder it is people like people who like to laugh, come see my show and then you can tell your Tinder dates about how cultured you are and how much you love to laugh at the absurdities of life.

4. We left 96 bags of faeces urine and vomit on the moon.
That is just one piece of information I learned researching this show. Imagine what you will learn when you come to see it.

5. Steven Hawking has all but confirmed that there is a multiverse, so you want to make sure you are living in Earth Prime, the best universe. In order for that to happen you should be in my audience. All those other multi-verses can suck it!


We’re Living in the Future is a one off performance by Matt Harvey on Oct 2 at The Open Stage Melbourne Uni.