The 33 Shows You Should See At This Year’s Melbourne Comedy Festival

It’s probably the most laughable time of the yr, mates. Today marks the start of the 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and for the subsequent four-odd weeks, the Victorian capital can be positively overrun with comedians and comedy followers alike treading the boards at a very eye-watering 628 totally different exhibits at a stack of venues round town.

That’s enough to wrinkle even probably the most seasoned of pageant veteran’s brows. So as an alternative of having you fling your self at the board at Town Hall like a type of inflatable velcro walls from the 90s, we’ve finished a bunch of the leg be just right for you and have discovered 33 exhibits absolutely value your while.
These aren’t simply your odd 33 exhibits but; we don’t have to inform you to go see Hannah Gadsby or Wil Anderson (despite the fact that it is best to because, y’know… it’s fucken Hannah Gadsby and Wil Anderson).
These are 33 exhibits from up-and-comers, almost-there’s, abroad champs, local weirdos, and every thing in between.
Get yr calendars out and start circling, champs! It’s bloody go time.

AARON GOCS – Divorced… with Children

The Victoria Hotel – Boardroom, March 28 – April 21
He barely wants any introduction but I’m gonna give him one anyway: Gocsy is well-known, extensively watched, and deservedly beloved by just about all who’s either seen him on-stage or on-line. The battlers’ prince of Australian comedy. Your great previous mate. It’s Gocsy, people. Absolutely get round him.

Crowded within the Vaults: Vault 1o, March 26 – April 7
A Canadian vegan coming to the Antipodes armed with bone-dry writing and excellent command of a stage. Cunningham was a low-key spotlight of last yr’s Comedy Festival and thank christ we get her out right here once more this yr. The mighty Commonwealth does us yet one more favour.
BABY GOT BACK – Size Queens

The Melba Spiegeltent, March 28 – 31
A cult favorite of the Fringe Festival circuit – with good cause – this totally wild, raucous, celebratory extravaganza of all female types sports dancers, strippers, showgirls, puppeteers, and, sure, even comedians amongst its forged. It’s part burlesque, part efficiency artwork, part absolute automotive crash, and all insane spectacle. Four exhibits only, but. Get in fast.
BEN RUSSELL – Fylleangst

Campari House, April eight – 21
Arguably one of the funniest performers in Australia, Ben Russell and significant acclaim are likely to comply with each other round like a pair of dangerous smells. His first “solo” present because the Golden Gibbo-nominated The Tokyo Hotel – which later turned an incredibly good ABC Podcast – Fylleangst will little question be the comedian’s selection of the pageant. It ought to be yours too.

Coopers Inn – The 70, March 28 – April 20
The greatest shit at any Comedy Festival takes place within the absolute lifeless of night time, at exhibits that drive you to go away any and all expectations on the door. With an 11:30pm start time, Big Hewy’s Footy Show is one in every of them. A unfastened sketch present skewering business TV footy exhibits that includes reported “big special guests,” this can be a must-see for anybody even casually in the not-so-beautiful recreation.

Trades Hall – The Evatt Room/Archive Room, March 28 – April 21
As properly put-together as any ensemble present might ever be, The Breast Of The Fest again showcases a few of Melbourne’s brightest up-and-coming comics on levels that by all rights can be far too small for them very quickly in any respect. Each show contains a special visitor performer (last yr’s iteration had Celia Pacquola and Claire Hooper drop in, amongst others) and a ripping circulate that doesn’t need for tempo or laughs. Buy tickets immediately.
CAMERON JAMES – Strawberry Blonde

Greek Centre – Aphrodite, April 9 – 21
You may need seen him on his Comedy Next Gen special on the ABC, and you’ll have seen him hanging shit on politics on SBS’s The Feed, but till you see Cameron James stay you’re doing yourself an incredible disservice. One of the warmest and most genuine blokes in Australian comedy. An absolute treat.

Crowded in the Vaults: Pilgrim Bar – March 26 – April 7
Split bills are a spectacular method to start an evening on the Comedy Festival and the decide of this yr’s bunch is definitely that of Carla Wills and Urvi Majumder, two complimentary but totally different enough comics becoming a member of forces on the very fringe of the Yarra River. Between Wills, who has taken Adelaide Fringe Festival by storm, and Majumder, whose confident self-deprecation has few rivals in the country, this is just concerning the decide of the pre-dinner exhibits this pageant.

Melbourne Town Hall – Backstage Room – March 28 – April 21
Less pure stand-up as it’s exceptional, life-changing efficiency artwork. Workman has lengthy been one of the crucial creative and spectacular performers within the nation, and her long-awaited solo return to the Comedy Festival is coming not a second too quickly. A show that interweaves music, comedy, storytelling, and illustration, Giantess reportedly explores deeply private themes revolving around gender id and self-acceptance. A masterful performer on the peak of her powers.

Greek Centre – Mykonos, March 28 – April 21
Four years after he took out the coveted Best Newcomer Award, Corey White returns to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival slightly older, perhaps a bit wiser, and with the exceptionally good Corey White’s Roadmap to Paradise ABC collection beneath his belt. There are few better storytellers, and few better human beings, than White. A comedy drive.

Melbourne Town Hall – Backstage Room, March 28 – April 20
Bloody hell I don’t even know the place to begin with these two really demented lunatics. All the knowledge the present description supplies is they are “young twin brothers left alone at home. They mustn’t get up to mischief, for father will be cross.”
It starts late, no matter occurs within the present will probably be very crook, and you’ll wind up leaving a unique individual. Sink a couple of looseners and piss your pants throughout this one. Demi and Tom will in all probability like it.
DOUBLE DENIM – A Very Fancy Dinner Party

The Victoria Hotel – Acacia Room, March 28 – April 21
Featuring frequent Aunty Donna collaborator Michelle Brasier, Double Denim have been operating as a madcap, raucous, extremely tight double act for fairly some time, drawing rave critiques and sell-out crowds nearly wherever they go. Whip-smart, extremely clever, loud and – above all else – enjoyable as hell. They’re the actual deal, mates.
ELEANOR TIERNAN – Success Without A Sex Tape

ACMI – Studio, March 28 – April 21
After rising because the standout of final yr’s New Order UK showcase, Irish sensation Eleanor Tiernan is bringing a full hour-long show to Australia for the very first time. A continual over-thinker and an unbelievably dry wit, the new present focuses on a conveyer belt of subjects from sex tapes to bitcoin to one thing referred to as an excellent rat. Whatever the hell that’s maintain it away from me, however undoubtedly go see Tiernan do her thing. You’ll chuckle, you’ll cry, you’ll in all probability study something.
FERN BRADY – Power and Chaos

ACMI – Cube, March 28 – April 21
Scotland’s personal Fern Brady is making her second solo trip to MICF armed with a tongue that’s solely gotten sharper prior to now twelve months. Between Brexit, the rise of feckless anti-feminist actions, and every part in between, turns on the market’s fairly a bit for a proud Scot to be mad about. So Brady’s not precisely mild on for materials this yr. One of absolutely the brightest on supply in the Northern Hemisphere proper now. Hurls gags like throwing knives.

Imperial Hotel – Hooper Room, March 27 – April 21
There’s no higher method to kick off a day at the pageant than with an early showcase show, and Five At Five ticks every field your might ever probably need. Packed rooms, a lineup of comics in pink scorching type, and all with out bashing your wallet. Unquestionably one of the best worth for money this pageant.
GILLIAN ENGLISH – 10 Things I Hate About Taming Of The Shrew

The Coopers Malthouse – Shell Room, March 28 – April 21
Indisputably the one present this pageant daring enough to tear strips off of 90s teen Shakespearean film variations that’s also introduced in listicle type. Gillian English, a fast-talking Canadian now based mostly in Hobart aka the two biggest places on the planet, is a tenured performer who by no means stops touring. The show is road-tested, battle-hardened, and English is a powerhouse performer. Highly advisable.
GREG LARSEN – Useful Idiot

Melbourne Town Hall – Lunch Room, March 28 – April 21
Just about anything legitimately humorous on ABC screens over the past god is aware of how lengthy has had Greg Larsen’s influence in some type or trend. Between brazenly calling sitting politicians… ah… “kents” on the dearly departed Tonightly, to featuring repeatedly on Get Krack!n, Larsen has been nearly in all places. As a performer, unashamed, unapologetic, and certain some form of deranged genius. The last time I noticed him on the Comedy Festival 4 drunk assholes within the crowd talked all through it whereas brazenly vaping and it nonetheless kicked the ass of anything I noticed that night time. He’ll more than likely hate his identify appearing on this website. Go see him anyway.

Max Watt’s, March 28 – April 21
Headliners has ceaselessly been among the many greatest exhibits of the Comedy Festival and this yr’s lineup is a corker. The annual showcase of the US’s greatest and brightest has put collectively its hottest lineup in years, with the likes of Jo Firestone, Joel Kim Booster, Emmy Blotnick, Chris Redd, Liza Treyger and more to function on a rotating lineup throughout the pageant. Combined, they’ve appeared on each main US late night time speak show in addition to The Daily Show and SNL. It’s gonna be so tight. I’m going twice. Get into it.

Imperial Hotel, March 27 – April 21
Kirsty Webeck is the good mate you never knew you wanted. Charming, brash, and – dare I say it – chipper. Webeck is a snappily-dressed tornado of light and positivity. Her exhibits really feel less like formal stand-up and more like an hour-long hug from an previous pal. Incredibly humorous, extremely sensible, and most of all, extremely, extremely good at what she does. The good gear.

Trades Hall – The Evatt Room, March 28 – April 21
It’s really infuriating how good Luka Muller is at comedy. It’s much more infuriating how bloody pretty he is. Hands down probably the most pleasant comic at present kicking across the Melbourne circuit has had a hell of a twelve months, which if nothing else should provide ample fodder for a very strong hour of comedy from a man ready to ascend to the subsequent degree. Go see him now so you’ll be able to say you have been there then.
MARIA BAMFORD – The Irrelevant Redundancy

The Forum – Downstairs, April 9 – 13
In comedy circles, Maria Bamford is spoken of with the identical type of revered awe because the likes of Jerry Seinfeld or Chris Rock, and with good cause. A game-changer, a genre-definer, and a first-ballot Hall of Famer. An extraordinarily uncommon opportunity to see one of the all-time greats in Australia.

Chinese Museum – Laundry Room, March 28 – April 21
A more “goods as advertised” present title there ne’er was, but not at all is that a dangerous thing. Matt Stewart is bone dry in every sense of the phrase; deliberately monotone, creatively restrained, and gut-bustingly humorous. There are few comics in Australia that the type of innate sense for laughs that Matt Stewart has. On the dartboard of comedy, he’s a straight-up 180.
NINA OYAMA – Needs a Lift

The Forum – Ladies’ Lounge, March 28 – April 21
It’s no secret we here at PEDESTRIAN.TV are large fans of Nina Oyama, whether or not it’s from her appearances on Tonighty, or the really wonderful The Angus Project which she co-created for the ABC. So it goes without saying we’ll be first in line for her solo show Needs A Lift, which explores her life as a – get this – black-market taxi driver in a rustic town. A real factor that happened. So extremely funny it’s barely truthful. Hell yeah, Nina.

The Tickle Pit at Rozzi’s, April 9 – 21
Perri is, by his personal admission, a very smooth boy. But don’t let that idiot you into considering his stage presence and gag-writing talents are anything aside from arduous as nails. Always funny and all the time in management, Perri Cassie is the type of comic you’ll stroll in figuring out nothing about and stroll out being an ardent fan of.
PETER JONES – They Call Me Peter Jones. Good Morning, How Are You? I’m Peter Jones

Greek Centre – Zeus, March 28 – April 21
Sure, he writes for The Project. Sure, he’s appeared on the ABC’s Comedy Up Late and Why Are You Like This?. Sure, his comedy recreation is hitting all types of ridiculous high notes in the intervening time. But actually, what more do you might want to find out about Peter Jones‘ show other than the fact that he named it after freakin’ Doctor Worm? Come on. No brainer. Buy tickets.
ROHAN GANJU – Ganju Dig It?

The Victoria Hotel – Vic’s Bar, March 28 – April 21
If ribald, deadpan, typically utterly fucked up one-line jokes feels like your concept of a great time, then Rohan Ganju is the pitstop for you. A present that may possible veer off its personal rails a number of occasions by design. Go in and put together your self for a particularly excessive laughs-per-minute ratio. Just, y’know, keep in mind to breathe in between in the event you can.
ROSE CALLAGHAN – 12 Rules For Life

Mantra on Russell – Mantra Two, March 28 – April 21
The neatest thing to return out of Port Melbourne because the ghost of Gary Ayres mullet. At some point over the past yr or so Callaghan appears to have utterly fallen down the rabbit hole of a YouTube comment part, ultimately rising with this show: A biting, furious stirring of shit blokes and their even shitter heroes. *The* present of-the-moment from a performer about to do gigantic issues.
SAM CAMPBELL & PAUL WILLIAMS – Australian vs New Zealand Magic Competition

Exford Hotel, March 28 – April 21
Per the show description: “Warning: If you come to this show there is a 60% chance you will actually die and there will also be a smoke machine.”
What the fuck does that even imply. Campbell gained the Barry Award for greatest general show eventually yr’s pageant and his follow-up to that may be a magic battle towards a Kiwi. The solely thing you might want to know aside from that’s instantly go see this.

The Victoria Hotel – Vic’s Bar, March 28 – April 21
Former Deadly Funny winner and Best Newcomer nominee Steph Tisdell is kind of the highest stone on comedy’s new gen pyramid, and thankfully enough for all of you it’s a metaphor she’s taking literally at this yr’s MICF. One of the true pure skills solely simply starting to understand her full potential.
STUART DAULMAN – Masterclass

Melbourne Town Hall – Regent Room, March 28 – April 21
A present that’s spawned from in all probability the same targeted Facebook advertisements I was copping 5 occasions a day for a scorching spell in mid 2018, Stuart Daulman’s dedication to a bit is one thing solely a faithful few might ever discover remotely potential. Probably probably the most distinctive show of the pageant, and positively a masterclass – actually – in the absurd.
TITUS O’REILY – Better Living Through Sport

Imperial Hotel – Hooper Room, March 27 – April 21
One of Australia’s most outstanding sports activities satirists bought out the whole lot together with his identify on it final yr, and this yr he’s more likely to do the identical. Frequent Herald Sun contributor, common Front Bar visitor, and the all the time online Titus O’Reily has a new show this yr skewering Australian sport in quite actually the only means he knows how: Well. An enormous crowd-pleaser.
TOMMY DASSALO – Balding Cherub

Coopers Inn – The 70, March 31 – April 21
Good little boy Tommy Dassalo is every thing you want in a comic. Fast, funny, kinda weird lookin’, the works. Known for his wildly in style Little Dum Dum Club podcast and numerous appearances on TV, Dassalo is an everlasting stalwart of Australian comedy at a still comparatively tender age. A grasp craftsman, and a bloody hilarious one at that.
ZACK DYER – Sensitive New Age Bogan

Trades Hall – The Evatt Room, March 28 – April 21
Former RAW Comedy winner Zack Dyer hails from deep northern Queensland and has the type of mullet-and-flannel aesthetic that makes you assume he sweats XXXX Gold. A true rising star of Australian comedy, Dyer is equal elements silly and critical, loud and laconic, and just actually, really bloody good at what he does. Drop a rumbo, watch some Origin highlights (eight in a row, and so on), and go pay respects to the good man.
You can cop the complete Melbourne International Comedy Festival program, along with present occasions and ticket particulars, by way of the pageant’s official website.

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