Articles on ‘Melbourne International Comedy Festival’

MICF: Celia Pacquola – Delayed

Celia Pacquola is so adorable I just want to pinch her cheeks and never let go. It’s hard to believe she moved to the other side of the world because she felt she needed to “change”. Change what? Perhaps she drove at 45 km/hr in a school zone. But that’s Pacquola’s schtick, playing the dorky… Read more.

MICF: Die Roten Punkte

Brother and sister band Die Roten Punkte (The Red Dots), after a whirlwind international tour and spectacular chart successes in Albania and Chechnya have returned to Melbourne, one of their favourite cities. The Eurosmash Tour builds on the themes of the previous album Kunstrock (Art Rock) tour. Not content to just be producing hits, the… Read more.

MICF: Political Asylum’s Late Night Riot!

Political Asylum’s Late Night Riot!, an 11pm, Saturday-only show with a number of comics, promises the vigour of the house of representatives, but was often more like the senate. The line-up changes from week to week and will subsequently include Fear of a Brown Planet performers (Nazeem Hussain and Aahmer Rahmen), so you may like… Read more.

Australia’s Sunburnt History on display at the MICF

An Irishman, an Englishman and their camels embark on an epic journey across Australia… Sounds like the start of a joke, doesn’t it? Truth be told, Burke and Wills’ exploration expedition of 1860 largely was, and Long Range Theatre are presenting an hysterical account of Australia’s most famous expedition at Loop Bar for the MICF. It… Read more.

MICF: Bedroom Philosopher

The set up for this comedy show is a gem and offers plenty of opportunities for belly-on-fire laughs. Who hasn’t sat through a school assembly or review praying for some grand catastrophe – a plague, a nuclear holocaust, anything – to enforce an early curtain call? Unless, of course, you’re on stage reveling or squirming… Read more.

MICF: Carl-Einar Häckner

It’s well-known that competition for limited resources leads to conflict. At MICF 2012 there’s a war for your precious time and dollars, and through his show Handluggage, Sweden’s Carl-Einar Häckner should be making some comedians very nervous about their immediate future. With magic, song and general kookiness, the former La Clique performer seems to be… Read more.

MICF: Dixie’s Tight Seal

Why did the walrus go to a Tupperware party? He wanted to find a tight seal. This is the only Tupperware joke I knew before a night with the outrageously wonderful Dixie Longate selling me plastic crap. I’m most proud of myself for getting out without buying anything because I love colourful, air-tight seals that keep… Read more.

MICF: Geraldine Hickey – Turns out I do like sundried tomatoes

I saw Geraldine Hickey in a Fringe show in 2009 and I’m finally seeing her standup. Yay. Gorgeous, filthy and deliciously satisfying, Turns Out I Do Like Sun Dried Tomatoes celebrates the realisation that being yourself really beats trying to fit in. Geraldine loves (really, really loves) crocodiles, thinks John Masden writes brilliant books and has short neatly trimmed… Read more.

MICF: Faulty Towers Dinner and Show

Hotelier Basil Faulty (Michael Davoren), his wife Sybil (Amanda McKay) and Spanish waiter Manuel (Andy Foreman) are your hosts in Faulty Towers The Dining Experience, with The Aegean acting as their restaurant. It wouldn’t make much sense to come to this if you didn’t know the TV show, but if you do, this is a… Read more.

MICF: Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall

Due to another show finishing late, I didn’t get to the first few minutes of The. I don’t think this matters too much, as Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall’s show doesn’t seem to have a particular story arc. At one point he even says something like, “Here are some jokes that I don’t have a place for in… Read more.