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MICF: Let The Hilarity Begin

March 26, 2014

Melbourne International Comedy Festival starts tonight and we have giveaways! Together with Montreal’s and Edinburgh’s, it’s one of the worlds largest. It runs for four weeks making it one of Melbourne’s longest festivals so there’s no excuse for not checking it out.


For recommendations you can chat to the friendly folks at the box office by Melbourne Town Hall (Collins & Swanston). If you’re there in the evening you will often meet performers spruiking for their shows later on. Of course it’s hit and miss, which is why we usually make a night of it seeing at least two or three shows back to back.


Another great option is the Six O’Clock Showcase @ The Provincial Hotel. It’s something of a sampler variety show featuring a host of performers whose shows are on later that evening. For only $5 it’s a great place to start your evening. So what are we excited for? Tonight’s Opening Night Comedy Allstars Supershow @ The Palais. If you can’t get down there, it will be on Channel 10 this Saturday night from 8pm. The line-up has just been announced and will look like this:


Hosted by Cal Wilson and Stephen K Amos (UK), the all-star line up includes David O’Doherty (IRL), Wil Anderson, Sarah Kendall, James Acaster (UK), Tommy Little, Kevin Kropinyeri, Sara Pascoe (UK), Sam Simmons, Tim Vine (UK), Nish Kumar (UK), Kyle Kinane (USA), Shappi Khorsandi (UK), Anjelah Johnson (USA), Seàn Cullen (CAN), Peter Helliar,Jen Kirkman (USA), Kevin Bridges (UK), David Quirk, Hannah Gadsby, Steve Hughes, The Umbilical Brothers, the world famous Henson Alternative’s Puppet Up! (USA) and Bob Downe.


Keep an eye out for Puppet Up!, “the world’s most famous puppets! A NEW SHOW from the other side of the world-famous Jim Henson Company – they don’t talk this way on any street or avenue we’ve heard of!”


Doc Brown, “British rapper turned comedian Doc Brown returns to Melbourne with his tongue-in-cheek take on hip-hop culture. Fresh from supporting Ricky Gervais around the world, and appearances on Russell Howard’s Good News, The Inbetweeners and Derek, Doc Brown is a must-see show.”


Kyle Kinane, “Everyman comedian Kyle debuts his solo show in Australia. He weaves wry observations about the details of his everyday life – bleak, uplifting or simply the reality of outlaying $100 for some fast food. It’s self-deprecating, sardonic humour at its very best punctuated with sharp, delightful moments of glimmering hope for the world.”


Double Up, “Sean Choolburra and Kevin Kropinyeri are teaming up for the deadliest comedy bill ever. Guaranteed to offer a unique and hilarious insight into life as Indigenous Australians, chock full of joyful stand-up, outrageous stories and ridiculously fun physical comedy.”


We have it on good authority they will be hilarious. We have double passes to give away for each of these last four. For your chance to win, tell us what shows you’re excited for and think we should be checking out?


As usual, you can finish your night at The Festival Club @ The Hi-Fi basement (125 Swanston). Doors open at 11:15 and tickets range from $10-20 depending on the night (closed Mondays).


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