David O’Doherty review (Melbourne International Comedy Festival)

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After last year’s show, I was keen to see where David O’Doherty was at; one year older, wiser, maybe even funnier. Like last year, O’Doherty begins low-key. He wanders on stage as people are still finding seats and starts speaking almost before anyone has noticed this slightly disheveled guy is, in fact, the main act. The disarming charm and cruisy

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Lazy Susan review (Melbourne International Comedy Festival)

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Lazy Susan is the name of an English sketch comedy duo on their first trip to Melbourne. They’re bright, bubbly and hooked into the current mood with many references to male privilege and sexism – but handled with tongue firmly in cheek. The pair look deceptively like kids playing at home but this delightful look of amateurishness belies its planning and

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Mark Watson review (Melbourne International Comedy Festival)

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Seeing shows early in the MICF means many are still being worked on and tweaked. At his second show last week, Mark Watson mused about what did and didn’t work in his act the night before. He felt it was a shambolic; stuff that was working tonight barely drew a murmur last night. There are doubtless books on audience psychology and Watson uses

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Fern Brady (Melbourne International Comedy Festival)

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On her second trip to Melbourne, the near impenetrably accented Scot Fern Brady is mad and woke and not about to sit back and let things slide. A former stripper and teenage Goth she is angry – about the patriarchy, Brexit and the attitude that people have that bisexuality isn’t really a thing. Brady’s observational

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Woman at War film review

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Woman at War is a delightful and whimsical Icelandic movie with a plot that is more serious than expected from its billing as a “comedy/thriller/drama”. Halla is the eponymous ‘Mountain Woman’ who is an activist fighting a power company who are trying to finalise a mysterious deal with Chinese investors. In between sabotaging power lines and skilfully evading capture from the local

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Dick Diver gig review (The Tote, Melbourne)

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Sometimes the best gifts are the unexpected ones. I’d been wanting to get tickets to Dick Diver pre-Christmas shows at the Tote but they’d sold out within minutes. Resigned to missing out, I still kept my eyes peeled and happened to see a small link in a marketing email saying there was a Monday afternoon

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