Dairy Kweenz – Normal Human Responses

By Elyce Phillips DQ Normal Human

Dairy Kweenz (Colwyn Buckland, Taylor Griffiths, Jess Hagan, Filip Lescaut and Lena Moon) are an up-and-coming sketch group based in Melbourne, regularly performing improv at The Improv Conspiracy. Normal Human Responses is their second show, following on from their Fringe Festival debut last year. It’s an entertaining hour, filled with bold characters and plenty of laughs.

Each member of Dairy Kweenz is given their chance to shine in Normal Human Responses. They all prove to be adept at playing big, absurd characters and their foils. A sketch in which Moon played a character who was extremely excited to get a hot toddy was an absolute stand-out. Buckland was also wonderful as a deranged lawyer in a Serial parody sketch. Lescaut was at his best when he was given room to rant. A sketch in which he produced ever more absurd examples of what “most gay men are like” was particularly great. Hagan was more subtle in her performances, playing the straight characters beautifully.

There’s no one theme that ties all of the sketches together, but a thread that does continue through the show is a doctor character performed by Griffiths, who is conducting experiments into various “normal” emotions. The video segments worked well and added some variety to the show.

As with most sketch comedy, the material in Normal Human Responses has its peaks and valleys. The bulk of the show was wonderfully funny, however, some sections ran a little long and it was difficult to hear the quieter lines as the performers were not using mics. The overall pacing of the show was great, though, with higher energy sketches scattered right throughout to keep the audience excited.

Normal Human Responses is a fine second outing from Dairy Kweenz and shows they have staying power as a sketch group. If you’re a fan of sketch comedy, it’s well worth catching this show during its short run.

Dairy Kweenz – Normal Human Responses is on at Speakeasy HQ until April 22

5 Good Reasons to see The Improv Conspiracy Tournament of Teams

1. Sixteen teams comprised by over 60 of Melbourne’s best comedians and most experienced improvisers are competing in the Tournament of Teams.

2. It features four different improv comedy teams performing every show (with the exception of the Grand Final which will be just two teams with a greater time limit). Different acts each show with a very different style of comedy than the one before them, all for just $10!

3. YOU decide which teams continue forward in the tournament by voting at the end of every show.

4. The tournament has a fun little storyline orbiting around it featuring four different characters (Alien Commander, Superhero, Fairy Princess, Corporate Powerhouse) that will be hosting each show.

5. It’s completely improvised! ANYTHING could happen! This is the must-see improv event of the year.

The Tournament of Teams on at The Improv Conspiracy Theatre every Friday and Saturday until April 22


5 Good Reasons to see Improv Against Humanity

1. You are obsessed with or even mildly amused by the card game Cards Against Humanity

2. If you are any kind of Geek, Nerd or Weirdo.

3. You have a sick obsession with yelling out politically incorrect suggestions at regular improv comedy nights and need to exorcise these demons.

4. You enjoy comedy that not only walks the line but trips the pedestrian and curb-stomps them to the ground.

5. If you’re bad to the boner.

Improv Against Humanity is being improvised at The Improv Conspiracy HQ

For more info check the MICF Website:


The Improv Conspiracy – 3 Mad Rituals

By Elyce Phillips Improv 3 Mad Rituals

For the past few years, The Improv Conspiracy has been establishing itself as the company to see for longform improv. In 3 Mad Rituals, a team of fabulous performers take on a marathon of longform formats, displaying both incredible stamina and a talent for pulling comedy gold from seemingly thin air.

3 Mad Rituals is a 90 minute behemoth of improvised comedy. The players take part in three “rituals” designed by Del Close (a legendary performer and director at Second City) – Deconstruction, The Movie, and The Harold – all working from the one suggestion. In the Improv Conspiracy’s version, the suggestion is taken from a line of poetry called out from the audience. On the night I attended, it was Emily Dickinson’s “Hope is a thing with feathers”.

First up is the Deconstruction – a series of short scenes playing off an initial opener.  Performers Andrew Strano and Andrew Watt showed that they also had drama chops, starting things with a brutally emotional scene about a father caring for his drug-addicted son while he gets clean. The rest of the crew then skilfully created comedic scenes based on this relationship.

Following this was The Movie, in which the team created a half-hour “film”, complete with suggested camera and lighting instructions. From the embers of the preceding half-hour, they created ‘Noah and the Mecha-Angel’, an anime-style take on the biblical story, featuring Hayley Tantau and Mario Hannah as a pair of extremely unproductive water demons, intent on destroying the world but failing to do much about it.

Finally was The Harold, a long-form staple of The Improv Conspiracy. Here, things got a little hit and miss. A series of scenes about a murderous husband strayed into uncomfortable territory, with the dark subject matter not getting enough laughs to feel justifiable. However, there were also bright spots. Broni Lisle’s performance as a magician facing discrimination from his community was hilarious, as was Dan Pavatich as the nation of Chad, who inexplicably spoke fluent Japanese.

3 Mad Rituals is a wonderful opportunity to check out some of Improv Conspiracy’s strongest performers testing their skills in a gruelling format. Keeping a captive audience with a 90 minutes show that starts at 10:15pm is a tall order, but the team well and truly accomplished it, keeping the room in stitches for the duration.

3 Mad Rituals is on at The Improv Conspiracy – Theatre until October 3


5 Goode Reasons to see Soothplayers: Completely Improvised Shakespeare

1. Each show is the opening (and closing) night of a completely improvised play using the language, themes and style of Shakespeare!

2. The fleeting one hour’s traffic of our stage is much shorter than sitting through an actual Shakespeare play! Imagine what you could do with that spare time – eat food, fall in love, do your taxes (or all 3 at the same time if you take your accountant on a date)

3. You get to hear fun words like: Mayhap, Verily and Strumpet.

4. A good death scene, or a love scene, or fairies (probably)

5. There will be a lute and shapely calves.

Soothplayers is on at The Improv Conspiracy – Theatre

5 Good Reasons to see The Improv Conspiracy’s Play Like A Girl

1) It is a completely improvised hour of hilarity centered around an event

2) The girls know how to play (improvise)

3) Some of the most influential female comedians come for an Improv background.

4) No show will be the same and you can give the suggestion

5) Presented by the Improv Conspiracy, Australia’s most acclaimed long-form improvisation company.

The Improv Conspiracy’s Play Like A Girl is on at The Croft Institute

For info and tickets go to the MICF website