We are one week and counting until the Melbourne International Comedy Festival gets underway, and with the festival so close we have one last long-form edition of MICF Daily.
Today’s show is the MICF Daily Festival Preview – a guide to what’s trending, who’s flying over, and what’s popular at this year’s Comedy Festival. Mike is joined by festival experts Lisa Clark and Nick Mason to give their picks on what you should spend your hard earned money on.
Andy Matthews & Tony Besselink – Achieve Nothing
Harley Breen – Some Kind of Something
Simon Munnery – Fylm-Makker
Lessons with Luis – Famoucity!
Lisa-Skye – Songs My Parents Taught Me
Watson – Once Were Planets
This is Siberian Husky – The Misery Factory
Mike Birbiglia – My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend
Randy is Sober
Timothy Clark & Liam Ryan – Balderdash!
Daniel Connell – Mr Personality 1988
John Conway – The New Conway Tonight Show
This week in MICF Daily News:
– Tonight the festival launches with the annual Gala, held at a sold out Palais Theatre in St Kilda. The Gala will feature a variety of festival acts – local and abroad, raising money for charity organisation Oxfam. If you didn’t get tickets for the event, it will air on Channel Ten this Saturday night at 8:30pm.
– The Tuxedo Cat have announced a new location for the 2013 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. The pop-up venue, known for taking over office buildings and making the comedies show up, will host at least 26 unique shows during the festival, with extras to be added once the festival gets underway. The new Tuxedo Cat is located at 17 – 23 Willis street in the city, located near Flagstaff Station.
– One of those extra shows is Squidboy, which will appear at the Tuxedo Cat for four shows only. The winner of 2013 Auckland Fringe’s Best Performance Award, Squidboy is described as “an hour of pure whimsy and imagination”. The show takes place on the Thursday April 11 through Sunday April 14 at 8:30pm. Tickets are on sale now for the four shows at TryBooking.com.
– Plenty of people have been wondering where Daniel Kitson will be this Comedy Festival, and now MICF Daily has the official word. The popular Englishman will be at the Tuxedo Cat throughout the festival, kicking off next Wednesday. Kitson will hold late shows at 11pm on Wednesday March 27 and Thursday March 28, and then follow up with shows every Sunday night through Wednesday at 11pm from Sunday March 31. In addition, Kitson will be doing shows every Saturday morning of the festival at the Cat at the not-so-comedy time of 11am – that’s in the morning. Tickets for all shows are on sale now at SeeBooking.
– And if 11pm is too early or late for you, Fitzroy comedy room LOL Comedy has confirmed that a a regular UK act with the initials DK will be MCing shows in April. The show takes place every Monday night at 8:30pm at Fitzroy’s Provincial Hotel.
– 14-year-old Lachie Clark has taken out the glory at the Class Clowns Melbourne final. Class Clowns is the festival’s contest to find the funniest school kids in the country. Clark will be joined at the Class Clowns Grand Final by Adelaide’s Emma Hogan, Darwin’s Sam Perry, Hobart’s James Warren, Perth’s Brandon Boccola, Canberra’s Rory Gillen, and Sydney’s Aaron Chen. The Grand Final will take place on Friday April 19 at the Town Hall.
– The first ever Bright Club Melbourne has be announced for Tuesday April 2. Bright Club will see comedians, musicians, and brain researchers join forces to put on a “thinking person’s variety show”. The show will be hosted by Ben McKenzie with music from Catherine Deveny, and will feature talks from Shawna Farquharson, Jee Hyun Kim, Elizabeth Manning, Monique Ryan, Chris Tailby, and David Hawkes. Taking place at the Melbourne Brain Centre in Parkville, tickets are available for the show right now at Ticketmaster.
– The Imperial Hotel will hosts thirteen shows this comedy festival, and the venue is giving away double passes to all of them during MICF. To win, take a photo of your festival programme and post it to the Comedy at The Imperial Facebook page for your chance to win.
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