Ange Lavoipierre – Your Mother Chucks Rocks And Shells

By Bren Carruthers

Drawing its name from the mangled, censored phrases in various versions of the 1973 film The Exorcist, Your Mother Chucks Rocks And Shells is a twisted descent into insomnia and nightmares in the desperate pursuit of sleep. Ange Lavoipierre whips through a fever dream narrative littered with internet searches, ASMR recordings, and of course the omnipresent horror film and its various characters.

Directed by Josh Glanc – a dab hand at surreal performances himself – the show lays more to the side of absurdist theatre than the more laugh-inducing comedy that most MICF patrons would be accustomed to or be expecting. Perhaps this is highlighted no better than in comparing Your Mother Chucks Rocks and Shells to Lavoipierre’s other show from earlier in the festival, the positively raucous but no less ridiculous Jazz Or A Bucket Of Blood alongside Jane Watt. It is a real testament to Lavoipierre’s many talents and range, but also a potential hurdle in locking down a devoted audience.

There are some moments of levity; the dialogue-free opener is a treat, and interactions with “the Internet” (voiced by Jane Watt) provide genuine laughs. But a lack of coherent structure prevents the show from ever reaching its true potential. In fairness, the show’s flow and reflexivity are both masterful and delightful, unfurling and refolding upon itself in a way only deeply unsettled sleep seems to elicit. But it seems The Exorcist can’t support the weight of being the show’s primary thematic thread, and even with some on-stage retelling of the film, having more than a passing familiarity with The Exorcist is a virtual must. A broader audience will struggle to grasp Your Mother Chucks Rocks And Shells – this show is one for the horror fans and those with a taste for the absurd.

Ange Lavoipierre’s Your Mother Chucks Rocks And Shells is on at The Butterfly Club until April 23.

Ange Lavoipierre: I’ve Got 99 Problems and Here’s an Exhaustive List of Them

By Ron Bingham

Scared of spiders? A warning that there is a lot of spider talk and Ange may be dressed as a spider at the start of the show, but we must stress, there are NO Actual Spiders.

We DO get 99 problems in Ange’s life, but luckily most of them wiz past us as she presents them in song form to save time. There is a satisfying narrative arc to the cleverly written show with some incisive comments on the zeitgeist and really excellent zingers.  She is clearly using this show to work through some issues. The main afflictions that Ange focuses on involve an ex-boyfriend and spiders.  The spider problem is explored via a delightful retelling of the classic story Charlotte’s Web, while the boyfriend problem is demolished in both song and story. She gets some help from the audience and doesn’t put too much pressure on them thank goodness.

The happy but crowded audience is jammed into rather small hot box (even more so than most Edinburgh venues) so take a flyer or fan to keep cool. Ange is a seasoned performer with a confident and assured manner in her tales of woe and arachnids and there were laughs aplenty in the stories to help us forget our own problems for an hour.

I’ve Got 99 Problems and Here’s an Exhaustive List of Them is on at Underbelly, George Square

Australians at Edinburgh Fringe 2022

The 75th Edinburgh Fringe Festival begins this week and, after a bit of an enforced break, there will be a strong contingent of Australian acts (as well as Aussie Expats and adopted Aussies) back in Auld Reeky town raring to tread the boards again. Here is a list of those we could find along with any reviews we have previously written.

Our British Correspondent Ron will be seeing a whole slew of shows and reviewing them for us.

To all those performers in Edinburgh, Chookas from The Squirrels and have a wonderful Fringe.

Adam Knox, Luka Muller and Peter Jones – 3’s Comedy




Aboriginal Comedy Allstars (Sean Choolburra, Janty Blair, Kevin Kropinyeri and Jay Wymarra)




AC/DC: Australian Comedians / Dope Comedy (Hosted by Daniel Muggleton)




Adelaide vs Edinburgh: The Clash of the Fringes




Adults Only Magic Show (Sam Hume and Justin Williams)




Aidan Jones – Looking for Work





Aidan Jones – Taco





Alcohol Is Good For You





Alice Fraser: Chronos





Ange Lavoipierre: I’ve Got 99 Problems and Here’s an Exhaustive List of Them



The Anniversary (Claire Barthomew & Daniel Tobias)




Anthony Jeannot: The Middle Bit





An Aussie, African and Englishman Walk Into a Bar…




Beak: Cocktail Boys (previously part of Burger King Illuminati)





Best of Adelaide’s Fringe Comedy





A Bookish Comedy Show





Comedy Boxing





Comedy Hour: Prue Blake, Peter Jones and Sonia Di Iorio




Comedy Striptease (Hosted by Kyle Legacy)




Dan Rath: Cockroach Party





Dan Wills: Australia: A Whinging Pom’s Guide




Daniel Muggleton: Oh, More Mr White Guy?




Danielle Walker: Nostalgia

Here is what Bren Carruthers thought of it at MICF 2022:


David Boyle: Stranded





Dean Misdale: Life’s a Drag





Dolly Diamond’s Hi T





Dolly Diamond’s Bosom Buddies





Erin Fowler: EGG





The Eric Tinker Experience





Gabbi Bolt: I Hope My Keyboard Doesn’t Break




Garry Starr: Greece Lightning





George Dimarelos – 3am Brain





Geraldine Quinn: BROAD





Grant Busé: SentiMENTAL!





Haus Party with Otto & Astrid





He Huang : Crazy Broken Chinese





How to Converse





Matt Harvey : I Got Bit by a Monkey Once

Here’s what Peter Newling thought of this show at MICF 2019:


The Importance of Being Earnest as Performed by Three F*cking Queens and a Duck



Jimeoin: The Craic!





Josh Glanc: Vrooom Vrooom





Karen from Finance is Out of Office





Late Show Great Show (Featuring 3 mystery Australian comedians!)




Laura Davis: If This Is It





Liars and Clowns: A Late Night Comedy Show (Presented by Kyle Dolan)




Life Drawing With a Comedian





The Listies: Hamlet – Prince of Skidmark





Lloyd Langford: DILF





Maryellen : Call Me Me





Michelle Brasier: Average Bear

Here’s what Lisa Clark though of it at MICF 2022:


Mick Neven: Nevolution





Nikki Britton: One Small Step





Oliver Coleman: Sublime





Olivia McLeod: PASH





OZmosis: The Great Australian Variety Pack  (Hosted by Dane Simpson)




Randy Feltface: Alien of Extraordinary Ability




Ray Badran: Sweet Baby Ray





Reuben Kaye: The Butch is Back





Rhys Nicholson – Rhys! Rhys! Rhys!





Sam Campbell: Comedy Show





Sam Taunton: Yoho Diabolo





Tim Ogborne : The In-Laws





Tina del Twist: Caravan in the Sky





Tom Walker: Javelin





Troy Kinne : Live

5 Good Reasons to See Ange Lavoipierre: I’ve Got 99 Problems And Here Is An Exhaustive List Of Them

1. People should see this show if they’re arachnophobes because I personally guarantee there are no actual spiders in this show. Which means, statistically, you’re more likely to meet one by not attending. It’s not advice, but it is something to think about.

2. People should see this show because frankly 99 problems was too many problems to try to squeeze into an hour, and it might be fun to watch me struggle with that.

3. People should see this show if they have ever been personally attacked by the Duolingo owl.

4. People should see this if they like their comedy clever, offbeat and silly, with something to say.

5. People should see this show if they’re sick of seeing the same stories on stage, told in the exact same way, because this show is definitely something else.

Ange Lavoipierre: Final Form

By Ron Bingham

Despite the dark edge to this show, Ange is a bright and perky performer who reflects upon her youth in Bathurst (sort of near Sydney), while trying to work out which aspects of her complex personality will be remembered by others at her passing.

Final Form contains stories of youthful enterprise (where she was engaged in mass slaughter  – of snails), her relationships with her family, friends and loved ones, being single, living life to the full, her passions and fears. We get the full gamut of emotion in an hour. Phew. There is also a bit of classical cello playing and some video screen action. I especially loved the seahorse.

This was Ange’s first show in Edinburgh, the day before the Fringe officially begins, so it was still a little rough round the edges as she got used to her performance space and the tone of the audience, as well as fighting a little jet lag. The room, The Wee Coo, is small and intimate so expect to be very close to the stage. There is a little audience participation, but the responses are scripted so it’s actually a lot of fun and the embarrassment factor is low. Once Ange has the room and audience sussed out (say, by the time this review is published),she will get into her groove and have an absolute hoot.

As well as the comedic stories, there are a few scary scenes, a possible haunting and some slightly freaky songs to round out the hour. Well worth the money and an excellent way to end the night.

Final Form is on at Underbelly, George Square until August 26

Australian Comedy at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe

Scotland’s capital city is bursting at the seams with talented artists as the Edinburgh Festival Fringe begins this week. As is usual many Australian acts are heading up to “sunny” Edinburgh to show the world what they’ve got. If you’re in town, be sure to check out some of these fabulous funny folk listed below.

We’ve compiled a list of all the acts we could find, along with links to the reviews of those shows that our Squirrel writers have seen at previous festivals. As usual we give the disclaimer that Festival shows are ever evolving beasts so the show that we saw could be rather different to current iteration.

If we’ve missed anyone, feel free to drop us a line (or contact us on social media)…

3’s Comedy – Adam Knox, Luka Muller and Peter Jones
Laughing Horse @ City Café

Aaron Chen: Piss Off (Just Kidding)
Pleasance Courtyard
Here’s Colin’s review from MICF 2019:

Aboriginal Comedy Allstars : Kevin Kropinyeri, Andy Saunders and Steph Tisdell
Assembly George Square Studios

Absolute Zero: Jez Watts
Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire

AC/DC: Australian Comedians / Dope Comedy
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House

Aidan ‘Taco’ Jones – 52 Days
Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire

Aidan ‘Taco’ Jones – Lightfoot James
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House

Alex Williamson: Sin on My Face
Just the Tonic at La Belle Angele

Alice Fraser: Mythos
Gilded Balloon Teviot

Ali Kennedy Scott: Fourth Cousin, Once Removed… Forcibly
Laughing Horse @ The Golf Tavern

Andrew Roper: Break Point
Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters

Ange Lavoipierre: Final Form
Underbelly, George Square

Angus Brown: Everest
Imagination Workshop

Apocalypse Comedy Club featuring Mick Neven
PBH’s Free Fringe @ Sneaky Pete’s

Ashes: A Comedy Showdown
PBH’s Free Fringe @ Liquid Room Annexe/Warehouse

Aussiental : Arnie Pie
Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters

Bart Freebairn: Maximum Delicious
Just the Tonic at The Caves

The Best Show We’ve Ever Done at the Edinburgh Fringe : The Fish Girls
PQA Venues @Riddle’s Court

Brown Panther – Ruven Govender
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House

Celeste Barber: Challenge Accepted
Pleasance at EICC

Comedy Boxing – Best of the Best (Kyle Legacy)
Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire

Comedy Striptease
Laughing Horse @ The Lock Up

Craig Fridey: The Darkness Distillery
Laughing Horse @ Sofi’s Southside

Daniel Connell: Piece of Piss
Underbelly, Bristo Square

Daniel Muggleton: Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy (But I Reckon it’s Easier for Straight, White Men?)
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House

David Tieck: What Would Bill Murray Do?
Just the Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

Demi Lardner and Tom Walker: We Musn’t
Monkey Barrel Comedy

Demi Lardner: Ditch Witch 800
Gilded Balloon Teviot

Dilruk Jayasinha: Cheat Day(s)
Gilded Balloon Teviot
Here’s Lisa’s review from MICF 2019:

Dolly Di*mond’s Bl*nkety Bl*nks
Underbelly, Bristo Square

Double Denim: Adventure Show
Underbelly, Cowgate

Garry Starr Conquers Troy
Underbelly, Cowgate

Gavin Lind: Shattered
Sweet Grassmarket

George Dimarelos: Acting Natural
Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters

George Dimarelos: A Booklover’s Comedy Show
Laughing Horse @ 32 Below

Glenn Grimwood: Unf*ckable
Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters

Grant Busé: Touché Busé
Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose

The Human Show : Those Big Bois
Laughing Horse @ The Golf Tavern

Imaan Hadchiti: Being Frank
Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus

Jocks, Geordies and Aussies
PBH’s Free Fringe @ Whistlebinkies

Josh Glanc: Glance You for Having Me
Monkey Barrel Comedy
Here’s Nick’s review from MICF 2019:

Julia Rorke
Underbelly, Cowgate

Laura Davis: Better Dead Than a Coward
Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus

Louisa Fitzhardinge: Comma Sutra
Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose

Love/Hate Actually (Act/React)
Imagination Workshop

Love is a Work in Progress with Tara Rankine
Just the Tonic at The Charteris Centre

Luka Muller’s Gong Show
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House

Luka Muller: Haha Cool
Laughing Horse @ The Raging Bull

Motherhood: A Comedy: Tara Newton-Wordsworth
Just the Tonic at The Mash House

The Nasty Show Australia
Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters

Nath Valvo: I’m Happy for You
Assembly George Square Studios

Neal Portenza is Joshua Ladgrove in Edinburgh’s Only Bilge Pump Sales Seminar
Heroes @ Boteco

Nick Elleray: Big Nick Energy
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House

Ray Badran: Everybody Loves Ray, Man
Pleasance Courtyard

Rhys Nicholson: Nice People Nice Things Nice Situations
Underbelly, Bristo Square

Sam Kissajukian: Alcohol is Good for You
Laughing Horse @ The Lock Up

Sam Kissajukian: Good Evening Edinburgh
Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters

Sam Taunton: It’s Nice, It’s Modern
Assembly George Square Studios

The Stevenson Experience: Takes One to Know One
Assembly George Square Studios

Suren Jayemanne: I’m Here, All Weak
Laughing Horse @ Bar 50

Thomas Green: Tweak
Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters

The Three Deaths of Ebony Black (Amberly Cull)
Underbelly, Bristo Square

Tom Ballard: Enough
Monkey Barrel Comedy

Tom Cashman: XYZ
Underbelly, Bristo Square

Tom Walker: Very Very
Assembly Roxy
Here’s Will’s review from MICF 2019:

Totally Plucked: Grandma Josephine
Underbelly, Cowgate

Two Little Dickheads: Kapow!
Just the Tonic at The Charteris Centre

Wil Greenway: The Ocean After All
Underbelly, Bristo Square

Zoë Coombs Marr: Bossy Bottom
Monkey Barrel Comedy
Here’s Lisa’s review from MICF 2019: