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Review: Fiona O’Loughlin @ Marble Bar

DATE: 28/10/08

SUPPORTED BY: James Rochford, Matt Dyktynski & MC David Smiedt

On its second ever comedy show, the Marble Bar sold out and was standing room only. Given that there’s a nice long bar to lean on, standing room isn’t too bad at all! The night began with a soft jazz musical act to wind the crowd down a bit after their day at work, this week guitarist Roger Black did the mellow honours. Then it was on with the funnies.

Every mum in Australia should be grateful to Fiona O’Loughlin for showing that mothering doesn’t have to be taken oh so seriously. By her own report her style of parenting evokes the escapades of a St-Trinian’s-4th-former, which must startle the neighbours at times…

Review: Comedy @ Marble Bar, 14th October (Grand Opening)

Comedy @ Marble Bar
The Marble Bar (underneath the Hilton Hotel)
488 George Street, Sydney

6:30 pm Tuesdays

$15 (includes one free drink)

For the first time in far too many years, there’s a comedy room in the heart of the city again. And what a room! Sydney institution The Marble Bar, its glamour restored and furnishings updated not too long ago, normally hosts musical entertainment; Lisa Rathbone has persuaded them to vary the menu and offer a night of stand-up comedy every week on Tuesdays, starting at the perfect time to catch people needing their ribs tickled after work.

The opening night line-up was guaranteed to draw a crowd: headlined by UK legend John Moloney, MC’ed by the engaging David Smiedt, and ably supported by veteran mischief-maker Jackie Loeb and popular rising comic Jacques Barrett. A full house turned up in the mood for a good time.

Melbourne Review: Anarchist Guild Social Committee

For about five months now I’ve been going to a series of comedy shows at the Bella Union bar in the Victorian Trades Hall in Carlton, called ‘Anarchist Guild Social Committee Meetings’. I found out about them because a friend joined their group on Facebook. Now that I’ve joined the group too, Facebook reminds me when the next meeting is on, asks me sign up to it on the events calendar, sends me thank you emails after the event, courtesy of the Anarchists (and on one occasion a freebie to another Trades Hall show) and generally gives me the illusion of being an organised fellow who goes to see all the important theatre shows and knows all the important people. On Facebook.

‘Guild Meetings’ take the form of a one hour skit-comedy show performed by nine or so regular comedians, with a few other guest performers and musicians. The regulars have a delightfully economical approach to jokes. When they can’t find a good pun, a bad pun will do, and when they can’t find a bad pun, they do without and the lack of pun becomes the pun.

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