Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Trip Start May 18, 2003
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, April 15, 2005

This is the last week of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and I have been frantically trying to catch as many acts as possible before it is all over. Yesterday I saw two shows: Julian Wilson in "Not My Rules" and the Comedy Knockout Comedy Club, which consisted of several short stand-up acts. Julia's performance was the most memorable, especially her recounting of when she performed her routine in sign language; with the aid of an assistant. Suffice to say I now know some choice slang words in sign language.

Today I ventured to the Melbourne Town Hall box office and "HalfTix" booth on Swanston Street with the sole purpose of getting tickets for either The Umbilical Brothers new show "The Rehearsal" or Ross Noble in "Noodlemeister". Unfortunately both were sold out, so based on a recommendation I went to see David Williams instead in "Not Part of the Master Plan". This one man show was loosely based on 7 deadly sins, with pretty good use of basic lighting and pre-recorded elements (such as when Dave was "thinking" out loud).

After leaving the Capitol Theatre I literally walked straight into another show: The Doorway Cabaret. For this act a small section of Swanston Street is transformed into the tiny pavement stage, complete with curtains, stage lights and a sound system. There were three performers: a baby, a man with rubber bands, and a man with balloons! It all sounds a bit basic but was a good show, although a little on the short side.

Having experienced two days of this festival it is comparable with the Edinburgh Fringe I attended a few years ago. One big difference though is that the above three and a half hours worth of entertainment cost a grand total of just $16.70 (which is probably not enough to see one act at Edinburgh).

Tomorrow and on Saturday there are some free events organised for Federation Square which I hope to attend, including the screening of the Comedy Channel short film festival. More reviews on there this space...
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