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LORDS OF LUXURY

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The tuxedo-clad sketch troupe Lords of Luxury is composed of four really excellent gentlemen you’ve almost certainly noticed already. Paul Verhoeven hosts the graveyard shift at Triple J, gets his nerd on reviewing games and films over at The Vine, and valiantly contested the Cleo Bachelor of the Year in 2011 where he admitted to [...]

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STEVE HUGHES

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The last time Steve Hughes had a gig at the Melbourne International Comedy festival, he played to a crowd of forty people who laughed with their mouths closed. This year Steve returned to Melbourne for three shows at the Town Hall, where the line to get in bent and hair-pinned around Collins street. But alas, [...]

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DEAD CAT BOUNCE

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As a Kiwi, I’m obliged to say that Flight of the Conchords had the last word on musical comedy. As an appreciator of a good joke, I’m also obliged to say that Dead Cat Bounce pull off the whole shebang pretty damn well. The route they take is, to say the least, well trodden/For example, [...]

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CONSTANTINOPLE

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Red and byzantine-blue disco lights are flashing intermittently across the page of my notebook. Raging house music is filling our dimly-lit intimate surroundings, leaving just enough audible room for consistent laughter. Barnie Duncan just finished lovingly breastfeeding his miniature cardboard-model city and left the stage to gesticulate, pelvic thrust and dance around a pole at [...]

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KATE MCLENNAN

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Anyone who’s ever been a bridesmaid, been through a break-up, or had to move back in with his or her well-meaning, yet meddlesome, family will empathise with Kate McLennan. Thanks to the strength of her performance, anyone who hasn’t been through the aforementioned will also feel some empathy too. It’s the kind of empathy, however, [...]

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FELICITY WARD

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What’s cute yet spiky and destined to forever be alone? A hedgehog with commitment issues. What’s cute yet spiky and feeling the sting of a big dirty quill lodged in its chest? Felicity Ward. Ok, that was terrible, but it sets the tone for what is an exceptional show about looking at the inevitably prickly [...]

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MAX ATTWOOD AND PAUL CULLIVER

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Max Attwood and Paul Culliver burst on to stage as audience members settle into rows of mismatched dining room chairs and well-loved couches. The tiny platform is bare except for an expectant microphone stand; the loft-style top floor of FAD gallery makes for an intimate venue. One may be reminded of childhood concerts staged in [...]

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DES BISHOP

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Your humble narrator took his sweet time about heading into the city for Des Bishop’s show Des Bishop Likes to Bang. I’ve never seen any of his shows, ever, so the reason why I’d opted to see him live was well and truly in the rearview mirror when I was making some Vegemite toast a [...]

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MICF 2012

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Our picks of this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

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FABIAN LAPHAM

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Around this time last year, you might have seen Fabian Lapham on stage as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival with his comedic yin, Michael Wannemacher in their ‘Date Raptor’ variety show. But in 2012, Lapham will be going it alone as part of a pre-festival season short run in his latest show, Reality Can [...]

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YOUNG ADULT

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“It is very difficult for me to be happy, and for other people, it just seems so simple.” – Mavis Gary. Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron) is easily unlikeable. Trapped in arrested development, she is easily bored by the company of others, contemptuous (especially of her small town roots and the lives her former peers now [...]