Tanya Losanno review (Melbourne International Comedy Festival)

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With The Good, The Bad and The Elderly, 2019 Moosehead Award-winning comedian Tanya Losanno explores life in the ‘sandwich generation’ – thirty and fortysomething-year-olds responsible for taking care of ageing parents and their own children. The show begins with Losanno describing her love for the music of Italian composer Ennio Morricone. Morricone is well known for scoring

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Joanne Brookfield makes ‘no apologies’ about being a woman in comedy

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Comedy, Festivals |

It’s rare for a superhero blockbuster to inspire a near-spiritual experience, but that’s what Patty Jenkins’ 2017 film Wonder Woman did for author and comedian Joanne Brookfield. In the opening chapter of her new book No Apologies (Echo Publishing, $29.99) she describes, awe radiating off the page, how it felt to watch “a woman saving the world”: “Imagine if that

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Sam Campbell’s The Trough wins top Comedy Festival award

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Comedy, News & Commentary, Stage, Theatre |

The 21st Annual Comedy Festival Awards were held in Melbourne last night with the 2018 Barry Award Winner for the Most Outstanding Festival Show going to Sam Campbell (pictured above) for his show The Trough. Campbell has previously won the  2016 Director’s Choice Award and was also the nominee for the 2015 Best Newcomer Award. He also appeared in Anne

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Alistair Barrie: The InternationAL (Melbourne Comedy Festival)

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Comedy, Reviews, Stage, Theatre |
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Englishman Alistair Barrie is appearing at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for the first time and his show is a delight. Titling the show The InternationAL, Barrie sets out playing the left wing anthem The Internationale on the PA merely to see if anyone recognises it enough to hum along. The Friday night audience sits numbly through it, vaguely wondering what

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Ari Shaffir: Heretic (Melbourne Comedy Festival)

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The Comic’s Lounge in North Melbourne feels like the beer barn of comedy venues in this festival. It brings a chunk of Frankston’s infamous Pier Hotel into the inner city, while conjuring up some memories of the long gone Last Laugh in Collingwood. It’s big, and quite full considering it’s a cool Tuesday evening. It’s

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