So, who did I see over the yearly festive hiatus in local comedy rooms? Herewith a series of short-short reviews of a few big names I caught up with on their tours:
Spicks and Specktacular – The Finale is a brand new production, loosely based on a certain music trivia show, putting Adam, Alan and Myf back on stage together with surprises, laughs, memories, live music and appalling choreography.
Greg Proops has the room in stitches as he compares US, UK and Australian cultures.
Adam Hills at the 2010 Melbourne International Comedy Festival: The Comedy All Stars Cabaret.
Featured Acts include Adam Hills, Wil Anderson, Frank Woodley, Peter Helliar, Josh Thomas, Jason Byrne, Des Bishop; David O’Doherty, Kitty Flanagan Harley Breen, Hannah Gadsby, Tom Ballard, Maeve Higgins, Michael Chamberlin, Melinda Buttle, Felicity Ward, Pyjama Men, Sammy J & Randy,Josh Earls,The Best of Edinburgh Fest, Claudia O’Doherty. Don’t miss out on TightArse Tuesdays!
Some of Australia’s funniest comedians will duel it out for the Best Comedy Performer gong, with Julia Morris, Adam Hills, Judith Lucy and musician/comedian Tim Minchin all nominated.
The festival runs from Fri 6 March to Saturday 28 March, and curator Josh Thomas has put together a packed program. The Brisbane Comedy Festival will feature Adam Hills, Tim Minchin, Dave Hughes and Danny Bhoy, as well as Hannah Gadsby, David Eastgate and Hooray for Everything, plus many more performers. Response has been enthusiastic, with Dave Hughes and Adam Hills already adding extra shows to cope with ticket demand.
The last few weeks have seen a smorgasbord of special-guest-spots from comedians testing their festival shows before heading off to Adelaide, where the Fringe Festival kicks off from February 26th. So for those of us who don’t live in Adders, this week is the last chance to catch some of these people around the traps for a month or more.
Sadly not on the same bill, because that would be a hell of a lot of fun!
Adam Hills: Comedy @ Marble Bar, 27 Jan 2009
Axis of Awesome: 2 Year Anniversary Sow @ Roxbury Hotel, 31 Jan 2009
This article has been updated since first posted. You may have noticed a dearth of updates the last few weeks – holiday time has taken its toll, I’m afraid.
However, here’s a few announcements of upcoming dates for you all: