Chase Paradise: Ho Life or No Life review ( Melbourne Comedy Festival)

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Woo woo woo hoo! The screams and hoots from a very partisan audience are the loudest I’ve heard in a while at a smallish preview show. We’ve heard a very ’80s radio announcer voiceover blast through the speakers, telling us all about the “girls on show” and the “meggaaastrip” that’s coming, as Chase Paradise sashays

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David O’Doherty: You Have To Laugh (Melbourne Comedy Festival)

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David O’Doherty, (pronounced O’Dorrity, not O’Doherrty or O’Docherty), is at his peak. He has been selling out the Upstairs Forum for several years now with his music/stand-up schtick and he’s, well, sorta cruisin’. His show, You Have to Laugh, is more a command than a sigh. He makes a point of being 42, making him yet another comedian

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Rose Callaghan: No Way Rose review (Melbourne Comedy Festival)

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Rose Callaghan’s third pun-titled show No Way Rose (following Rose before Hoes and Will you Take this Rose?) takes place in the bedroom sized Ladies’ Lounge at the Forum Theatre in Flinders Street. We are jammed in like sardines, but it provides a we’re-all-in-this-together atmosphere. This is stand-up at its most bare and intimate: a mic, wine glass

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Celia Pacquola: All Talk review (Melbourne Comedy Festival)

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Celia Pacquola’s rise to prominence on the small screen has been pretty consuming over the last two years or so, with Rosehaven and Utopia being major chunks of the ABC’s comedy line up. So that means the Comedy Theatre is pretty close to full of fans, maybe some coming to see, (as Pacquola says): “that nice girl from the

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Demi Lardner: I Love Skeleton review (Melbourne Comedy Festival)

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Self-described “horrid little troll” (it’s on her Twitter account), Demi Lardner awaits as we descend into the Victoria Hotel’s Acacia Room. (Which genius bureaucrat decreed that we had to queue outside the hotel, then circle past the Acacia room’s internal entrance only to re-emerge where we queued and troop down narrow fire escape stairs to the foyer

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A summer guide to dark and sizzling Shakespeare

Richard III by Berlin's Schaubühne theatre. Photo credit Arno Declair
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In 2016, we mourned en masse the deaths of Bowie and Prince on social media, but 400 years ago, the death of another pop culture icon, Shakespeare, on April 23 1616, went largely unnoticed. His First Folio of works would not be published for another seven years. Here in Australia, that publication’s centuries of British

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