Live Comedy

Surprise Development Surprises No-One

Sure, we said we weren’t going to cover the Melbourne International Comedy Festival – but we never said we weren’t going to cover the coverage of the… well, you get the idea. Anyway, seems like the Herald Sun – official sponsors of MICF despite not giving a flying fuck about live comedy the rest of... Read More »

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Starts This Week!

… yeah, we’re not going to be covering it. It’s fairly obvious from the content of this blog that live comedy is not our thing. Then again, we shouldn’t assume that anything here is “fairly obvious”: it’s also fairly obvious that this blog is written by a team of people (we’ve even had guest posters),... Read More »

Women FTW?

Our recent guest post by an anonymous female former comedy writer got us thinking…how well are women doing in comedy in... Read More »

A bit too raw?

Yesterday we got an e-mail from one of our readers, Patrick. Amongst other things, Patrick wrote: Tom and Alex interviewed the 2012 Raw Comedy winner on Monday on their triple j breakfast show. The winner is a trio called Lessons with Luis and they interviewed... Read More »

The inconsistent world of comedy and the Herald-Sun

Is it just us or have this year's MICF reviews on the Herald-Sun website been really positive? A bit too positive? Check out their page's Laugh-O-Meter, which shows that the average rating for shows is 4 stars.... Read More »

It’s Two-Edged Sword Time Again

While we’re working away on a post about the not-at-all-surprising soft ride reviewers have been giving acts at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival – and we’re also working on a Vale Woodley post that shouldn’t be far off either – it’d be remiss of us to ignore what is perhaps the funniest thing we’ve seen... Read More »

Saving Schembri

Sometimes problems just solve themselves. Put another way, who knew that two of our recent posts  – one on the demise of Jim Schembri, disliked film critic but avid comedy watcher, the other on the slightly surprising news that the Melbourne Herald-Sun would again be sponsoring the Melbourne International Comedy Festival despite the general disapproval... Read More »

Isn’t It Unsurprising At His Age

Last weekend's Sunday Telegraph contained the news that Barry Humphries' upcoming show Eat Pray Laugh will be his final ever live stage... Read More »

The One That Takes Four Paragraphs To Get To The Point

Being the committed couch-dwellers that we are, stand-up comedy isn’t exactly something we cover all that often here. But even we were slightly surprised to see that this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival has once again paired up with The Herald-Sun (Melbourne’s News Ltd tabloid) as its major media partner. Why, wasn’t it only last... Read More »

Queer eye for the misogynist line

Corrine Grant and Tom Ballard got in to a spat the other day about the attitude of gay male comics towards women.... Read More »

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