By Lisa Clark
Waiting for reviews to come in to make a decision about what shows you are seeing this year? Well we’ve already reviewed quite a lot of shows that are on at this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Of course some of the shows reviewed here may have been reworked, improved or changed in some way. Hang the DJ has a new DJ, Eddie Pepitonne’s show isn’t called Bloodbath and some of these shows will be different at every performance. Hopefully the past reviews that you will find linked here in alphabetical order will give you an idea of what to expect and help you work out what you are going to see this year. Look out for our new reviews from this years comedy festival, coming soon to Squirrel Comedy!
Aunty Donna’s first show Aunty Donna in Pants Suits got them nominated for a Golden Gibbo Award, this new show, originally performed at Melbourne Fringe 2012 made them winners of the People’s Choice Award. Aunty Donna are a sketch troupe of four guys performing very adult humour. Cathy enjoyed it and thought it was ‘a very slick production. It’s tightly scripted and well-performed.’
Aunty Donna will be late at The Portland Hotel
Ben’s show is a collaboration with the audience to explore the nature of putting on a comedy show. Elyce thought the show was fun and that’ the more the audience puts into this show, the more you will get back’.
Ben Pobjie will be on at Gertrude’s Brown Couch
I adored Eddie when I first saw him in Edinburgh at the recording of Stuart Goldsmiths’ Comedian’s Comedian podcast. I knew I had to see his solo show Blood Bath and was not disappointed. I described him as ‘arse-achingly funny’.
Eddie’s solo show is on at 11pm on April 5th at Victoria Hotel – Banquet Room
He’ll be doing seven shows as part of Headliners
and there will be a showing of his documentary Bitter Buddha is on at the Hifi Bar 4pm on April 6th
Felicity’s only appearance at this year’s comedy festival will be a reprise of her stunning, hilarious and moving show The Hedgehog Dilema. She’s filming it for prosperity and I can’t recommend it highly enough. It was one of the first shows I saw last year and her story stayed with me for a long time. ‘Her ability to keep the audience in stitches throughout all of this is a testament to her stunning talent.’
The Hedgehog Dilemma will be on at the Atheneum Theatre on April 15
Cathy thought that it was criminal that Louise Joy McCrae and Nicolette Minster don’t have higher comedy profiles on the Australian Comedy Scene in her review from Melbourne Fringe 2012
They’re performing at Portland Hotel in the Portland Room
This now has a different DJ to the one reviewed at Melbourne Fringe 2012. But Andy is still there in a show where he gets to share his passion for music and hilarious tales of being a DJ. Colin said ‘This fusion of comedy, music and dancing was a brilliant way to end an evening.’
Hang the DJ is on late at Trades Hall in the Quilt Room<
Originally directed by Julia Zemiro for the 2012 Melbourne Fringe, I thought this one woman play was ‘a pretty light and fluffy soufflé of a show that would suit a girls’ night out or hen’s night’
Aleisha will be performing at Trades Hall – The Meeting Room til April 7th
When I first saw Live on Air it was really a work in progress but I still found it very entertaining and Telia was ‘able to consistently create new ways to make her audience laugh with her clever poetry and personas.’ She’s apparently put a lot of work in it since so it should be a pretty fabulous show.
Live on Air will be on at The Northcote Town Hall
Based on his own true experience appearing on Today Tonight and Cathy thought it was ‘a cracker’
Today Tonight, Tomorrrow the World will be at Comedy on Collins at The Scots Church Assembly Hall
In the tradition of Alan Partridge and Dame Edna amongst other purveyors of Theatre of Cruelty, Rob Hunter’s interview show satirises chat shows while being pretty mean to the guests, who are mostly in on the joke. Our reviewer wasn’t when he saw it at last year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival and did not have a very good time as he explained ‘ The MICF blurb about this show being “uncomfortably tense” and “not for the squeamish” was a freaking understatement for me personally’ Well if Rob Hunter is hoping to provoke strong reactions, it certainly worked with Andrew who gifted Rob with the poster quote ‘I fucking hated this show’ . We’ll be giving another reviewer a go at it this year.
Late O’Clock with Rob Hunter is on at Melb Town Hall in the Cloak Room
Simon Munnery has been around a long time is always up to something creative, original and silly. We think Simon is a comedy genius and this was the highlight of Colin’s 2012 Edinburgh Fringe. He describes it thusly; ‘Broadcast via video link from the middle of the room, he performs sketches, monologues, puppetry and songs to camera using all sorts of video trickery to create a unique and hilarious show.’
Simon is performing at The Victoria Hotel in the Vic’s Bar
This was a show that blew the minds of everyone who saw it at last year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival. You came out wondering ‘What the hell was that?’ and ‘Why am I still still laughing hours later?’ Beautifully designed, sharply written with clever catchy songs, surprises and lots of rude bits. Colin said ‘It’s a sick, twisted and perverted play that’s gutbustingly hilarious.’
Slutmonster will be Strutting her stuff at the Northcote Town Hall
Alasdair gives us two shows for the price of one in what Cathy describes as ‘some entertaining and delightfully original comedy’
Trying Hard is on at the Forum Theatre – Carpet Room
Victoria Healy is not very comfortable with her body but manages to spend an hour exploring it for laughs. Elyce described Healy as ‘a quick-witted and talented comedic performer, who is only getting better and better at her craft.’
Victoria is on at the Imperial Hotel