Welcome to My City Melbourne’s guide to the 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Here, we take a look at some of the best shows that are NOT stand up comedy. Sit back and enjoy a few prized selections from within the realms of sketch, improv, theatre, cabaret and more.
Ali McGregor’s Late-Nite Variety-Nite Night (Cabaret)
For over a decade, this has been the best place to end your night. Led by soprano opera singer, actress and cabaret performer Ali McGregor, each night features a different line-up of guests performances. Expect a fun mix of music, circus, sketch and stand-up including some of the biggest names at the festival.
Josh Glanc – Manful (Theatre)
This show has already won two major comedy awards in Perth and Adelaide. Described by The Advertiser as “comedy theatre on this scale is a welcome change from stand-ups”, it focuses on a hyper-masculine bloke as a motivational speaker.
Louisa Fitzhardinge – Comma Sutra (Cabaret)
We first came across this show when reading a five star review from the Perth Fringe Festival. Louisa Fitzhardinge is a linguist and fluent in four languages. She has used all those skills to create a cabaret show based around language, improper grammar and punctuation. Great for those looking for a change of pace.
Bec Petratis & Martin Dunlop – Burn the Witch
A much anticipated show judging by the pre-festival write ups. Martin Dunlop returns to the festival after the critical success of his one-man murder mystery last year. This year he joins forces with Bec Petratis with a show set in a small village in 1650s.
Grab a few friends together and go see Snort. You will find yourself widely praised for discovering a hidden gem of this year’s festival. The show features a range of New Zealand’s best comics, performing a handful of improvised sketches based on words thrown out by the audience.
Steen Raskopolulos (Sketch)
Over the past few years Raskopolulos has made that leap from being an “emerging star” to the “next big thing”, finally finding himself a “household name” of the comedy festival. His comedy is clever, playful, interactive and full of improvisation. Keep an eye out also for a second show he is performing with Carlo Ritchie.
Nautilas (11 shows) & Different Party (12 shows)
Trygve has built a cult following around his physical comedy. This year he has two shows; the solo performance Nautilus and Different Party, performed with Barnie Duncan. If you are looking for something a bit more experimental in nature, give either of these shows a go.