By Lisa Clark
Well the Squirrels are getting ruffled up and ready for autumn nut collecting. And comedy reviewing. There are soooo many shows on offer at the 2015 Melbourne International comedy Festival and it can be very difficult for us to see everything we want to see, let alone review everything we want to review. For those readers who are planning their Festival schedules and are in need of help, we have some good news: Squirrel Comedy has previously reviewed thirty of this year’s shows and we have laid out links to all those reviews below.
First Up here are some brilliant shows I previously saw & loved but Squirrel Comedy hasn’t reviewed.
I recommend you see:
Claire Hooper’s School Camp
Claire takes us back to school days in a raw & truthful way where nostalgia takes some surprising and dark turns that make this show very special.
Celia Pacquola – Let Me Know How It All Works Out.
Barry Nominated last year as word got around it was selling out like hotcakes, so if you weren’t lucky enough to see this gorgeous show better book now.
Denise Scott – Mother Bare
She’s only doing four shows this year at the fan friendly time of 4.30 Sundays, so get your tickets early.
And now for shows that we have previously reviewed.
Particular highlights this year that I can also recommend include:
Watson’s funny and occasionally genuinely scary show is not for those with a nervous disposition or heart condition but my goodness it is a monstrous load of fun. It can only fit smallish audiences into the space at the Old Melbourne Gaol so book early, I hear the first week is booking out fast. Not surprising as this show won Best Comedy at the Melbourne Fringe Festival and considering it is site specific it is one you will have to come to Melbourne to see.
Bart is a comedian at the top of his game just waiting to be discovered by the mainstream. I get the joyful shivers when I see a stand up comedian reach a point where they can host a room and own it keeping everyone rolling with laughter non stop. Bart is there and I hope everyone loves Ultra Power Lord as much as I did at Fringe last year.
Buckets List is a whimsical, beautiful and of course very funny tale with a star turn by the amazing Justin Kennedy (who we just don’t see enough of on the circuit any more – I miss him, but if this is the sort of work he’s producing then I’ll forgive his absence). Justin is blessed with the ability to make an audience laugh without saying a word and when I see independent theatre this good I think our major theatre companies should have a good hard look at themselves.
A perfect show for this anniversary of ANZAC it’s another comedy character tour de force by Damian where truth and tall tales blur with loads of laughs and a streak of darkness. The true spirit of the ANZAC is thoroughly celebrated.
We can’t wait to discover new exciting comedy at this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival but meanwhile
Here’s the full list with links of those we reviewed earlier:
The 13–Storey Treehouse
Anthony Jeannot is Unaccept-a-bubble
Bart Freebairn: Ultra Power Lord
Clem Bastow – Escape From LA
Damian Callinan – The Lost WW1 Diary of Private Paddy Callinan
Dr Brown – Befrdfgth
Fancy Boy Variety Show
Faulty Towers – The Dining Experience
Geraldine Hickey – Listen Out For The Castanets
I Love Green Guide Letters Live
Justin Kennedy – Bucket’s List
Late Night Letters and Numbers
Lee Naimo – Finding Lee
Lisa-Skye’s Lovely Tea Party
The Little Dum Dum Club Live
Luke McGregor – I Worry That I Worry Too Much
Mark Butler – Grammar don’t matter on a first date
Political Asylum – Late Night Riot
Sam Rankin – Wake Up, Sheeple! (2.0)
The Sexy Detectives – Mono Logs
The Sound of Nazis
The Umbilical Brothers – KiDSHoW – Not Suitable for Children
Stuart Daulman is an Absolute Credit
Stew Walker – A Hard Day’s Night of Beatles Parodies
Gary Portenza: Apologies in Advance
Watson – Who’s Afraid of the Dark
World Record Show with Andy Matthews, Adam Knox and Dave Warneke
Zoe Coombs Marr – Dave