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

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Comedy, Reviews, Stage, Theatre |
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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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Isle of Dogs film review: the obsessive Wes Anderson creates a visual sensation

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Film, Reviews, Screen |
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As Alfred Hitchcock once said: “self-plagiarism is style”. The writer/director Wes Anderson, whose best-known films include The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Royal Tenenbaums, has been self-plagiarising for some time now, and boy, is his style distinctive. He is, in fact, among the most visually distinctive auteurs working today. His idiosyncratic, teeth-achingly fastidious aesthetic is defined with labels

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

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Comedy, Reviews, Stage, Theatre |
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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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Sami in Paradise theatre review (Belvoir, Sydney)

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Reviews, Stage, Theatre |
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Poor Sami. He’s lying in bed at the UNNHCR (sic) refugee camp, craving sausages and dreaming of learning the tuba. He wants to perform concerts and earn enough money to escape to Germany with his wife and mother-in-law. Miraculously the hapless Sami (Yalin Ozucelik) finds a tuba: the saucy madam in the tent next door

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

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Comedy, Reviews, Stage, Theatre |
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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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Comedy, Reviews, Stage, Theatre |
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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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