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Sam Campbell’s The Trough wins top Comedy Festival award

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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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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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Julia Rorke and Elysia Hall: Not Another F****d B****h in India review (Melbourne Comedy Festival)

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Take one part Los Trios Ringbarkus, three parts Pizza/Housos crew, endless amounts of absurdist whimsy, 40,000 volts of stored up energy and a smattering of every starflower, hippie ragger you’ve ever seen and you end up with Julia Rorke and Elysia Hall in Not Another F****d B****h in India. This is an hour of super

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Melbourne Green Room awards dominated by My Fair Lady, Aladdin, King Roger, Split and Away

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The annual Green Room awards for performance were announced in Melbourne last night with mulitple awards going to Opera Australia’s production of King Roger and its Julie Andrews directed musical My Fair Lady co-produced with John Frost. The Disney musical Aladdin was also a multi winner. In a strong year for Malthouse, the play Away, co-produced with Sydney Theatre Company, won

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