HOT: Mark Watson, All The Thoughts I’ve Had Since I Was Born, Melbourne Town Hall, Cnr Swanston and Collins Sts, Melbourne

Sometimes, quantity does equal quality. UK comedian Mark Watson sold out his 7:15pm session at the Main Hall of the Melbourne Town Hall, and with good reason as his show was the best act we saw in this year’s festival. It wasn’t pee-your-pants-funny, wow-that’s-so-clever-funny or that’s-really-cute-funny, but pretty much straight-down-the-line-stand-up from a likeable guy. And […]

NOT: Andrew Lawrence – My Contemptible Life in a Gutter of Abject Desolation, Vic’s Bar, Victoria Hotel, 215 Little Collins St, Melbourne 3000

The title of Andrew Lawrence’s show really said it all – it was an hour of twisted, pessimistic comedy. That’s not to say that it wasn’t funny – RM and I decided that it was moderately funny, in that we didn’t feel like we’d been ripped off by paying $20 a ticket, but it’s not […]

NOT: Big Laugh Out, Melbourne Comedy Festival, Federation Square, Melb

Things that are not comedy: 1. Repeatedly asking someone their name. 2. Any form of mass audience participation (except cheering), especially hand clapping games. 3. Dressing up in a paper mache whale costume. 4. Squealing ear-piercing whale sounds over a microphone at Federation Square. 5. Chanting ‘dum de dum de dum de dum’ over and […]

HOT: Russell Kane – Gaping Flaws, Melbourne Comedy Festival, Roxanne, 2 Coverlid Place, Melbourne 3000

Russell Kane is the UK’s latest bright young comedy talent debuting at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. While he was pretty funny, his inexperience still shows and a week later I can’t remember any of his jokes. He spent most of the time pacing the stage and delivering rapid fire quips, but there were definite lulls […]

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