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Palace Films is pleased to offer ScreenHub subscribers the chance to win one of 20 double passes to see Tulpan, winner of the Prix Un Certain Regard at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.
Funny as this expectation may seem, and good looks to boot Alison’s terrible life story - My Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Life part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival - makes it evident that she’s learnt to see the funny side of a ‘horrible, no good, very bad life’ – but heaven help her mother, should her laminator break down and Alison hits the big time.
As the title alludes, Charlie Pickering’s stand-up is a tribute to Grandpa Frank - The Audacity of Frank part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival - but also features the comedian’s own journey into adulthood and, undeniably, the penis. Oh, and don’t forget to keep an eye out for the masturbating ellipsis.
Hosted at the Blackbox Theatre in the Arts Centre, Is This Thing On? – The Dave Berry Story invites you - via a slow motion walk across stage - into the world of Dave Berry: veteran of the amateur comedy circuit, husband, father, all round true-blue Aussie and the next big thing.
Tackling the intricacies and meaning of one’s own depression seems an unlikely premise for a comedy festival show, but Jeff Hewitt is not afraid to go there. His work Reacharounds for the Soul - part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival - explores his own journey with depression, and the result is surprisingly entertaining.
Unable to put blasphemy aside, Kieran Butler’s Collingwood: Club Therapist part of the Melbourne International Comedy Fetival, is an ode to the crucifixion of ‘the Cous’, otherwise known as the infamous Ben Cousins. About ten percent Collingwood therapy and ninety percent Ben Cousins rock opera, no one in the audience, including myself, seemed to mind that this was the case.
The star of Memoirs of a Stalker part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, rushes in, sweaty and uncomfortable as the rest of us (perhaps even more so considering the handcuffs he sports) fresh from a stint in jail for supposedly stalking and murdering his pan-gender partner and biggest fan, Sammy.
The Briefing, showing at the Old Melbourne Gaol as part of the Melbourne International Comedy festival, caught me off guard. An American combat veteran, Blake Boles describes his life living and fighting in the Iraq war for 28 months, and is able to find the humour in it all.
Dead To Me, held in an intimate courtroom at the Old Melbourne Gaol, and part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, recalls the story of Aleisha and her ex-fiancé, with the best man Ted. It’s almost like watching an old couple bicker, except they’re not a couple and they’re not old, just funny.
After a few attempts to converse with the audience, Terry North - in It all Points North, part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival - seemed to give up and revert to stock jokes which were often well-thought out but executed without conviction.
The show is pure, good ol’ fashioned Australian self-deprecating humour. Thornton, with his Dave Hughes-esque comedic styling – minus the nasal – brings an often dead-pan delivery, a touch of physical humour and plenty of thickly accented caricatures.
There is one thing that is absolutely clear about Yana Alana and the Paranas – and that is that this is excellent cabaret in every sense.
Mark Butler in Let's Talk About Sex - part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival - invited comments from the audience and managed to elicit a round of laughs from his responses almost every time.
The Melbourne International Comedy Festival show by Dave Bloustein, The Social Contract, is an entertaining show, well deserving of its recognition of comedic gold by the Moose Head Award. It has an endlessly hilarious story line, complimented by fanciful and amusing never-ending tangents from seemingly unrelated but always relevant topics such as all-natural ice cream, the Blacktown RSL, t
Asian Australian writer Michele Lee directed/wrote and produced The Talking Vagina for the 2008 Fringe Festival and it’s currently running in the back room of Miss Libertine in Franklin Street as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
What happens when a frantic political staffer wakes to find a trail of effluence trickling from his toilet? He calls just the man for the job – a dodgy plumber by the name of Mohammed. Melbourne International Comedy Festival's Mo the Plumber: A Tale of Two Leaks.
Portraiture is personal: people have paid for their likeness to be depicted in oils, photography, etching, and all manner of mediums, over many centuries. These representations were often displayed in pride of place in homes and offices around the world. So when it comes to judging one portrait as the best for a year in the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2009, I would imagine it could
To be fair, the tiny crowd even made me nervous when Nellie took the stage. The lack of patrons made the Perth girl’s deadpan delivery fall slightly flat, affecting the impact of her punchlines.
For the rest of us, feeling almost guilty at the ripping yarns fired at the expense of the person in the next seat, a splendid hour’s entertainment is absolutely guaranteed.
Simmons - sometime radio announcer, television pundit and comedy festival staffer - is the epitome of postmodern random, live, Family Guy-esque comedy in Australia and one of the best performers of live comedy/theatre in the country.
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