There’s a very fine line to be drawn when playing such a smartarse intellectual persona, one where the flipping point between the audience jumping on board for the ride or them backing off into folded-arms territory is precariously small and easily overshot. Minchin walked that line in scintillating form on Monday night.
Tomorrow it all goes off! Today’s Age has a feature on some of the up and coming shows which is well worth a read. The slideshow below contains a selection of posters (if you do not have Flash enabled in your browser you can view the posters on the Gagging For It Flickr-group.
MARK WATSON in “All The Thoughts I’ve Had Since I Was Born”
Mark Watson – comedian, author, sports pundit and husband, born in 1980 and according to life expectancy for his socio-economic group and Body Mass Index dying in 2056 will be delivering his latest show in April and May. Perrier Award nominee and if.comedy award winner, Mark has visited Australia many times, every time bringing down sold out houses.
Dave Jory & Kent Valentine each have a brand new hour of stand-up comedy written for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and they’d like to try it out on you, this Sunday, at the Friend, for free.
Eddie Ifft is having a busy few months in Australia: first the Adelaide Fringe, then the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, then the Sydney Comedy Festival (plus gallivanting around to other spots in between those seasons). I managed to catch him on Tuesday night when he did a drop-in at Sydney’s Comedy on the Edge…
As we keep on getting sent press releases for monthly/whatever lineups, and adding these directly to the Gig Listings is time-consuming, this information will now be posted whenever it’s received in the new category “line-ups”. Then we can use the “related article” feature in the Gig Listing to link the listing to the relevant line-up article.
He’s already done a season of crowd favourite Chopper Bingo at the Adelaide Fringe and will be reprising it at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival as well. He’s also performing Chopper Live at Pentridge while the Melbourne Festival is on. Then he’s taking Chopper’s Harden the F**k Up to New Zealand in May.
In between all those dates he’s now going to tour Chopper around some regional centres in NSW.
Mandy Nolan’s brainchild is about to open its third year. 2009 sees Tim Minchin, Nina Conti, Arj Barker, Kitty Flanagan, Dave Williams, Mandy Nolan, Hannah Gadsby, Geraldine Quinn, Christine Basil, Brendan Lovechild, Bart Freebairn, Ellen Briggs, Nick Penn plus a whole lot more, including the Village Idiot contest for new comics.
A whole lotta MICF Preview Trial Runs going on! Christina Davis and Jarred Keane both did large chunks of their upcoming MICF solo shows, Chris Radburn and new comic Dane Hedgepath tested some new material, MC Oliver Phommavanh kept it all ticking along and Eddie Ifft dropped in as a surprise guest to try out some new stuff as well.