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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.
In Flesh and Blood which was featured at Metro Gallery, 1214 High Street, Armadale, VIC this past March, he explores the dramatic and beautiful landscapes of the MacDonnell Ranges in the Northern Territory.
Ten young and emerging artists who work across the visual arts, theatre, dance, design, installation, architecture, digital art, text, sound and other creative areas will be chosen to undertake a three-week Arts Lab residency in Lismore in July 2009. SPLENDID!
In Jerusalem is Proud to Present, the award winning documentary by Israeli film maker Nitzan Gilady, which had its Australian debut at the current 19th Melbourne Queer Film Festival, the lack of tolerance is short in supply.
No props, no costumes, just a man and a microphone. Reginald D Hunter is a born performer: a storyteller equally at home with swear-word-peppered crudeness that sometimes slips into un-PC territory, and considered reflections on the nature of things – which on occasion briefly stray from comedy and into genuine commentary.
Indeed, the very first moment Conti stepped on stage I was on side. She appeared dressed in a monkey suit, voicing and manipulating a little puppet of herself. It was the first of many clever instances where she played on expectations about the old ventriloquist-puppet routine.
Wu Hsing-kuo takes on all ten roles in this adaptation, changing in costume and character. His acting, singing and dancing performance relies on versatile gestures as he uses his movements and facial expressions to represent the story.
The challenge with a festival of this nature is trying to catch all the musicians you want to see, out of 29 acts over four stages in nine hours. The quickest walk between the two nearest stages was about five minutes the furthest about 10. Add to that drink and bathroom breaks and it makes for a frantic afternoon. At least you can take drinks to all of the stages.
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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