Friday, April 17, 2015

Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2015 Review - Alice Fraser


http://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2015/season/shows/savage-alice-fraser
 
 
One does not go to a comedy festival show expecting to cry.
 
I cried during Alice's show and I'm not afraid to admit it.
 
This show is brave and beautiful.  I don't want to reveal too much, but Alice had some horrible things happen to her while she was writing this show, and the way she has weaved them in and out of the show is wonderful.
 
Please don't think that it's all sad, there are a lot of really funny parts. There are accents and there are banjo songs. 
 
This is not conventional 'comedy', but I really loved it.
 
4.5/5 stars
 
There are only two shows left in Melbourne, but then Alice is Sydney bound.  Get tickets for Melbourne here!
 
 




Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2015 Review - David Williams


http://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2015/season/shows/cool-genes-man-david-williams



I first saw this guy years and years ago, I think at Stagetime and then definitely in a few comedy festival shows. I've looked for his name in the comedy festival guide every year since, but he hasn't been there and I've been really disappointed. David informs us at the start that he hasn't done a comedy festival show in eight years. I'm glad he's back!

Cool Genes Man is mainly about David being a sperm donor for some friends of his, but it has lots of other bits in it as well. I loved the section on cruise ships and even though I had heard it before, I really enjoyed the story about the party in Adelaide, it's one of my favourite comedy routines, so to hear it again was wonderful.

This show was worth it for the cockatoo impression alone.  There's two shows left, go see it!

4/5 stars

He's at Trades Hall, tickets here.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2015 Review - Em Rusciano


http://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2015/season/shows/the-motherload-em-rusciano



This is a show for anyone who has ever been, or ever had, a mother.

I had a really great time at this show. Em mixes comedy and music seamlessly. Her re-writes of songs from Frozen and The Sound of Music were a highlight for me. I loved her tales of motherhood, and of growing up in the 90's.  I especially enjoyed the John Farnham medley.

There was an Auslan interpreter at the show I saw, and I will confess that I spent a lot of time watching her just to see what the sign was for all the swearing Em was doing on the stage.

I've seen Em's shows at the last couple of Comedy Festivals and she only gets better and better.

4/5 stars

There are no tickets left for this season, but if you're lucky you might get tickets to her encore show in Yarraville.  Details here.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2015 Review - The Shelf (Part Three)


http://shelvers.com.au/



It's entirely possible that I'm too tired to accurately review this show.

On the Comedy Festival website, The Shelf is listed as having a running time of 120 minutes.  Tonight's show went for over 4 hours. It was ridiculously good. However, I am too tired to accurately remember exactly what went on. The Shelf really is one of those 'you just had to be there' type shows. So, next time, be there, eh?
 
 
The Shelf is finished for this season. If you want tickets to the next one later in the year, check out their website

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2015 Review - Le Noir




I don't why this is billed as part of the comedy festival, just extra advertising maybe?  In any case, it wasn't very funny.

It was expensive and I'm not sure where my money went. It didn't go on fabric for costumes (the majority of the cast spent most of their time in some kind of underwear) and it certainly didn't go on the chairs.  I paid extra for premium seating on the stage at the State Theatre. I was sitting behind the small circular stage where most of the action happened. Almost all the show was performed to those people sitting in the stalls of the actual theatre.

The ringmaster/clown person had no microphone, so I couldn't hear a word he said. His attempts at humour by getting people up from their seats to do things on the stage were long, drawn out and painful. There were a lot of acts that seemed the same. How many times can acrobats throw someone up and pretend they aren't going to catch them before it gets boring? I was over it by the third act to do the same thing.

The music was annoying and far too loud. However, I did like the lighting effects. And the performers themselves were very clever at what they do.

The Wheel Of Death thing at the end was great, but not worth the money I paid for the whole thing.

It would be fair to say that I was really disappointed in Le Noir. I really wanted to like it, but I just didn't. I've had much better nights at travelling circuses (circusi?) where I paid a quarter of what the ticket cost for this one.  And those ones have fairy floss!

1/5 stars

Tickets can be found here.
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