Comedy

Comedy Review: Fiona O’Loughlin tells deeply bold, but profoundly funny stories (MAP 57 in Melbourne until July 8th)

July 6, 2017

While waiting for Fiona O’Loughlin to come on stage at the new St Kilda winter garden known as Map 57, we see a guitar and a few mics set up next to the stand up’s own microphone. While thinking that O’Loughlin may have turned her wares to a musical act, it was actually a separate […]

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Comedy Review: Bridget Everett and Murray Hill cross the line at their Melbourne live show

June 8, 2017

I’ve been to A LOT of live theatre and comedy shows, but none like what I experienced last night. Alarmingly, I wasn’t too familiar with Bridget Everett or Murray Hill‘s work, so I was walking in blind, but I enjoyed the fact they had worked alongside the likes of Amy Schumer and Dita Von Teese. Talk […]

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Comedy Review: Eric André – The Comedy Store, Sydney (09.12.16)

December 14, 2016

Eric André may very well be one of the hottest comedians in the world right now. Sure, you’ve got his standout role in FXX’s Man Seeking Woman, but it’s his own The Eric André Show, for which he “plays” an incompetent and slightly deranged talk show host, that has really propelled the comic onto a […]

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Comedy Review: Hannibal Buress – The Tivoli, Brisbane (05.12.16)

December 9, 2016

Hannibal Buress came into Brisbane like a whirlwind. Giving a solid nearly 2 hour set and bringing a great troupe of supports The Tivoli reverberated with laughter last Monday. Even if you’ve missed Buress’s show, keep an eye out for more Al Jackson. The biology teacher turned comedian has a sharp tongue and jokes to […]

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Comedy Review: Charlie Pickering Requests the Pleasure of Your Company – Rockwood Music Hall, New York (07.11.16)

November 10, 2016

Australian comedian Charlie Pickering, former host of The Project, and current host of The Weekly with Charlie Pickering performed at Rockwood Music Hall in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, on a quiet and cold Monday night. Let me preface this review by saying two things: 1. I found out later that Madonna (yes, that […]

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Comedy Review: Damien & Ross in Safari Psychosis, Tuxedo Cat (performances until 23rd September)

September 19, 2016

Damien & Ross are lost in the jungle, how they got there, who the heck know? All that matters in this little production is what hijinks – or problems – will the two get up to? Including parts of the audience, the two try to figure out in the crazy-ness that is Safari Psychosis. Damien Vosk, a […]

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Comedy Review: The Best Medicine: Hannah Boland – Factory Theatre (10.09.16)

September 13, 2016

Promoting herself as a fresh face in ‘clean comedy,’ Hannah Boland presents a refreshing and unique one–woman stand up show as part of Sydney Fringe Comedy. There is something instantly likeable about Boland as she finds her stride on stage. While clearly pre-planned there is a natural flow to the performance as she jumps from anecdotes […]

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Comedy Review: Sam Simmons – Not A People Person, The Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne (18.06.16)

June 18, 2016

The idea of a straight-up solo show is non existent to Sam Simmons. Strewn with all sorts of props on stage, Not A People Person is a show full of random thoughts and solo-sketches that make not laugh at any joke in particular but simply at the absurdity of it all. Simmons gets into a mode […]

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Comedy Review: Simon Cumming & Perri Cassie – Simon & Perri Go Large

April 14, 2016

Both Simon Cumming and Perri Cassie greeted the audience, all very much ready on stage, with some light chatter about the etiquette of introducing their show as they walked into the room at Grand Mecure, and then well… introduced us to their show through a unique little sketch-stylised bit. The sketch stuff was tossed aside from […]

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Comedy Review: Joel Creasey – The Crown Prince at Max Watt’s

April 10, 2016

After appearing in last year’s season of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, Joel Creasey has fast become one of Australia’s favourite celebrities. Creasey’s show at this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival is appropriately titled The Crown Prince because, well, why not? This latest work from Creasey details all the highlights from his […]

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Comedy Review: Jan Van De Stool – I Get The Music In You

April 4, 2016

The quite pleasurable Jan van de Stool (the character from the mind of theatre performer Queenie van de Sandt) is a woman who really enjoys he singing, dancing and therapy. It sure was a therapy mesh, but an awesome one. Jan questioning why her ‘workshop’ was supposed to be included in a comedy fest. But […]

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Comedy Review: Hannah Gadsby – Dogmatic

April 2, 2016

Hannah Gadsby current comedy show Dogmatic won’t leave the audience feeling warm and fuzzy inside. While a far step away from her manic-depressive character she has become synonymous for playing in break-out success Please Like Me, Gadsby is organically inclined to draw distinction to the somber over the sunny. A self-aware comedian, reflecting on shows […]

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Comedy Review: Matt Okine – Supper Room, Melbourne Town Hall

March 31, 2016

Boy, was it nice to put a 3D human being to the voice that is Matt Okine. Over the years we have become so fond of his vocal prowess and Instagram snaps, but seeing the boy wonder himself in the flesh, staring us right in the face, was an absolute delight. Having spoken to Okine […]

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Comedy Review: David O’Doherty – We Are All In The Gutter, But Some of Us Are Looking at David O’Doherty

March 26, 2016

A seasoned comedian, David O’Doherty is the force de jour in musical comedy. Returning to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival after two years back in his homeland of Ireland, O’Doherty settles back in seamlessly, in an hilarious night of observational comedy- with a healthy sprinkle of melodic ramblings. Still sporting his keyboard from 1986, wearing […]

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Comedy Review: Strong Female Character – Brisbane Powerhouse (performances to 20th March)

March 17, 2016

As a card carrying feminist, my secret desire to be (and, let’s face it, be with) Indiana Jones always felt like something I had to suppress. Not because I didn’t want to get chased by giant boulders or offer up some great one-liners or have someone write “LOVE YOU” on their eyelids (I’ll win the […]

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Comedy Review: David Strassman – iTedE

March 14, 2016

If you’re old enough to recognise Hey, Hey It’s Saturday’s Plucka Duck in the current KFC ads than chances are you’ll also remember David Strassman. The ventriloquist and comedian was often a guest on the show with his two much-loved characters, the naive but sweet Ted E Bare and the foul-mouthed, Chuck Wood. Strassman now […]

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Comedy Review: Dawn French in Thirty Million Minutes – State Theatre, Sydney (Touring Australia through 7th April 2016)

February 4, 2016

Dawn French has been alive for approximately thirty million minutes (that’s 58 years) and over the course of her two hour performance she is determined to let the audience in on what she’s learnt – as a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother and a woman. Incorporating an ever changing screen backdrop and a […]

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Comedy duo Tim and Eric (USA) announce upcoming Australian and New Zealand tour

August 11, 2015

Finally, the long wait is over! Absurdist comedy-cult duo Tim and Eric will be returning to our shores this December, proudly calling their show “Tim and Eric – ’Stralia – Zealand Experience”. Live Nation is excited to announce the return of the cult pair who will bring their unique brand of humour for a whirlwind […]

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MICF Review: 3 States of Comedy – The Downstairs Lounge at The Grand Mercure Hotel (Performances through April 19th)

April 18, 2015

If you’re looking for a good variety of Australian comedy during this year’s MICF look no further than 3 States of Comedy/i>, a triple headliner of very promising comics representing Victoria, New South Wales, and Western Australia. Opening the show on this particular evening was Geoff Setty, whose punchy one-liners got the crowd going early […]

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MICF Review: Chimp Cop – The Imperial Hotel (Until April 18th)

April 11, 2015

Chimp Cop – the love child of Melbourne comedians Timothy Clark, Ben Vernel, Adam Knox and Rosie Vernel, is a hard-hitting and hilarious tale of corruption, friendship, and bananas. A well-constructed hour of silliness that parodies just about every cop drama truism in the book, Chimp Cop moves through its influences, picking them apart and […]

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MICF Review: Ronny Chieng "You Don't Know What You're Talking About" – Melbourne Town Hall (Performances through 19th April)

April 6, 2015

There’s something about the way Ronny Chieng yells at you that’s so endearing. The multi-award winning comedian has a knack for picking on the flaws of a generation who don’t know what they’re talking about, in a way that makes you feel both guilty and amused. His stage persona of a faux egotistical comic is […]

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the AU interview: Comedians Jacob Lingard, Ciaran Lyons and Matt Stewart talk about "The Comedy Zone" at MICF

April 5, 2015

The Comedy Zone is made up of five of Australia most promising comedians each coming from different parts of the country to deliver a varied palette of humour. Matt Ford (QLD), Jacob Lingard (QLD), Ciaran Lyons (WA), Nina Oyama (NSW) and Matt Stewart (VIC) are a collective of young comedians who has already started to […]

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MICF Review: Corey White: The Cane Toad Effect (Performances Through April 19th)

April 3, 2015

“Don’t worry, you’ll get home in one piece” Corey White assures, as he delves into things he could have possibly said to put a woman’s mind at ease after he realized he had accidentally been following her for several kilometers late one night. Ultimately he knows there’s nothing he could have said, he knows even […]

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Interview: Illusionist Cosentino (Melbourne) on cultural differences, performance mishaps and more!

March 12, 2015

Having been awarded the prestigious honour of being named Magician of the Year in 2013 by the International Magicians Society, New York (the International Merlin award) and with 4 prime-time specials under his belt having aired in over 40 countries; Australia’s favourite performer Cosentino returns with his new live show Twisted Reality – which promises […]

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Comedy Review: Rhys Darby Live – Astor Theatre, Perth (13.10.14)

October 15, 2014

Comedian Rhys Darby kicked off the Australian tour of his new show Rhys Darby Live! on Monday night with the first of two sold-out shows at Perth’s Astor Theatre. Whilst Darby is perhaps best known as the lovably inept band manager Murray Hewitt from Flight of the Conchords, he has had a long and successful […]

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the AU interview: Comedian Jim Gaffigan (USA) talks about being an oddball, family and… pie!

September 29, 2014

Jim Gaffigan, family man, food lover, and comedian is heading our way for the first time to perform at Sydney’s Just For Laughs. the AU review’s Perri Cassie caught up with him as he anticipates hsi first visit down under, and the release of his eagerly anticipated second book ‘Food: A Love Affair’ You’re touring […]

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Comedy Review: Monty Python LIVE (Mostly) – O2 Arena, London (Performances to July 20th – Screens in Cinemas August 6th)

July 17, 2014

This week, the surviving members of iconic British Comedy troupe Monty Python bring their run of “reunion” shows in London to an end. Their first performances under the Python banner since 1980’s infamous Hollywood Bowl gig, their return to the stage was met with as much anticipation as it was trepidation – aren’t they too […]

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SXSW Comedy Review ft. Sinbad – Esther's Follies (11.03.14)

March 20, 2014

You may have already read about some of my adventures earlier last week at the Hype Machine Party. I mentioned I snuck out during the set, and as it turns out, I actually ended up going to a SXSW comedy event for the first time, to catch “surprise” headliner Sinbad, in a showcase hosted by […]

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Comedy Review: Dave Chappelle – State Theatre, Sydney (05.03.14)

March 5, 2014

It’s not too often you get to say “well now that’s something I never thought I’d see”. I guess the last time was when Neutral Milk Hotel came to town, fulfilling many dreams of my high school years. And tonight was something of a similar feeling. Having never performed shows outside of North America before, […]

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Sydney Comedy Festival Review: Stephen K Amos ‘The Spokesman’ – Enmore Theatre (09.05.13)

May 10, 2013

Stephen K Amos is one of the long running comedians who often swings by Australia for the Melbourne International and Sydney Comedy Festival circuits. He’s been embraced by our audiences thanks to his charming and witty tales and he’s back this time with his show The Spokesman to prove that he’s not worthy of being idolised.

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