The quintessential nice guy of Melbourne comedy has a new show, and it’s excellent. Through the magic of Powerpoint, Lawrence Leung’s ‘Beginning, Middle, End’ slides from topic to topic, vaguely stringing them together with narrative tropes. I think Leung might be attempting to say something about storytelling, but the title of the show is about [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Our picks of this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival.