Win two tickets to Kyle Kinane!

Kyle Kinane  performing at the Victoria Hotel in Collins St from 28 March - 6 April.
Kyle Kinane performing at the Victoria Hotel in Collins St from 28 March – 6 April.


Kyle Kinane plays at The Victoria Hotel on Little Collins Street and his show is an utter delight.  He is deeply warm and affable and has the side profile of Gerard Butler in “300”  (note : no sprayed on abs). The thread line is that pre-midlife of 37 and how hitting the floor of the shower became a wake up call. He is in mid space life glitch, chucking money in bins, talking aloud for mind diagnostics and realises pet adoption is a more realistic aspiration than porn.

He transfixes with his smart, acute observations of going on the gun range in Texas spotting a metal head there with a silenced pistol and why those dressed in Abercrombie + Fitch will be shot in a not so random shooting.  He tells us where he’s going and he goes where he’s tells us but then swerves into impending car crash territory  threatening to impale himself on the audiences loathing but redeems himself oh so gracefully

Kyle is a legend in the making: smart, philosophical and downbeat joyous. His show runs at a hour  but felt much longer in the best way possible. He evokes a panoply of different types of laughter from the obvious to the hard won and he likes to show the unlikeable in himself to redeem his own past.

Story by Connor O’Neil



**** SHOWING THE 1 OR 2 APRIL 2014 ****

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The Comedy Zone

Wild and live at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival

The Comedy Zone introduces five outstanding specimens of ‘wild, untamed, new talent’ from around Australia to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2014.

Under the direction of Heath McIvor, performers Geoffrey Windle (MC), Suren Jayemanne, Becky Lucas, Aaron Chen and Demi Lardner deliver polished and precocious stand-up, exploring the challenges posed by coming of age in post-millennial Australia.

From Queensland, the urbane and erudite Geoffrey Windle dissects troubling logical and grammatical absurdities as he introduces his colleagues, taking time to ponder the naïve spelling and spurious recipes of a found cookbook.

From Sri Lanka via Victoria, Suren Jayemanne demonstrates his mastery of the pun, with howling results. He confesses his bewilderment with the opposite gender and delectation of inappropriate rap titles.

Queensland’s Becky Lucas likewise takes a prod to gender tensions, contemplating the lack of charm among predators lurking in night-clubs and dark alleys.  In self-flagellatory style she laments her failure to gain paternal approval of her career choices, and the paucity of reliable sex education to be gleaned from babushka dolls.

Aaron Chen from New South Wales projects a meek, social phobic persona and up-tilted question inflections, while navigating swiftly changing perspectives on intercultural dating, thwarted musical ambitions and illogical urban encounters.  Aged just 18, Aaron is the youngest comedian of the set.

Last but not least, Demi Lardner from South Australia hops with elfin whimsy from frenetic anecdote to edgy one-liner to zany impersonation, as exemplified in her spluttering confrontation with a front-desk police officer, and her ‘impression of an insane comedian’ perpetrating audience participation.  In 2013, Ms Lardner won the MICF Raw Comedy competition, propelling her to Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she went on to become joint winner of the So You Think You’re Funny competition.

The five’s journey to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2014 is the subject of a documentary to be televised on C31 on Tuesday 8 April at 8.30pm and again on 12 April at 9.30pm.

Story by Marian Webb

The Comedy Zone runs Tuesday to Saturday 8.15pm, Sunday 7.15pm, to 20 April.

Venue: Old Council Chambers, Trades Hall, cnr Lygon & Victoria Streets, Carlton.

Running time: 60 minutes

Prices: $19.50 – $23.50





Sean Cullen ‘I am a Human Man’


Sean Cullen 'I am a Human Man' part of 2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Sean Cullen ‘I am a Human Man’ part of 2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival

From the moment Sean Cullen  slunk on to the Fairfax stage at the Arts Centre a feeling arose that Sean was not alright. It wasn’t  in his  plan but this unsaid thing dominated and was later in the show he admitted he was unwell. To me it read that Sean had been smashed by gastroenteric with horrific jet lag thrown in for good measure.

Moments fleeted wherein like a drunk awaiting from a blackout he internally screamed ‘WHERE AM I? Why am I doing  comedy at my body clock of 9 am.’ Empathetically the audience got it. Here was a trooper for whom the show must go on.   It was a salutary lesson from an old school trooper of how to survive a Saturday night when the odds and indeed ones biology is stacked against you. His show entitled ‘I am a Human Man’ framed and forgave him.

Never in my own experience of going to comedy have I ever been at a gig where the comedian spoke so softly. He engaged with the audience and rambled off into glorious fits and trips of improved sideline and we got it. He amped up when he swanned into mimicry- Liam Neeson and English gangster movies. His real forte  was when  he sang: riffing into farming,  grunge bands, the surreal and daddy teaching son how to treat the ladies. He couldn’t but not commit when it came to the songs, which counterpointed whatever was really going on for him.

It was an entertaining 75 minutes that reminds that there is always a human with a reality going on behind the facade of just making us laugh.

story by Connor O’Neil


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‘Double Up’ – Deadly, Dynamic, Hypnotic

Deadly duo 'Double Up' with Kevin Kropinyeri and Sean Choolburra.
Deadly duo ‘Double Up’ with Kevin Kropinyeri and Sean Choolburra.
The saying that goes ‘once you’ve had black you can’t go back’ also rings true for ‘black humour’.
 I kicked off this years Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2014 with an Aussie team of Indigenous brothers in ‘Double Up‘ who are next performing at the  Melbourne Town Hall – Mini Main on the 4 – 5 April. This show is a must see for seasoned die hard enthusiasts who like to keep raising the bar for their next comedic blast. 
 Performing separately together this dazzling comedic duo deliver a witty and entertaining show that brings their combined perspective to contemporary culture. Sean Choolburra’s fast paced style delivers a family friendly show and veteran funny man the over the top Kevin Kropinyeri’s humour revels in adult themes. Both had me totally mesmerised inspiring explosions of near jerk laughter. Both artists are crystal clear illuminants and cultural ambassadors, paving the way , cutting straight to the proverbial ‘funny bone’ preparing our palates for more to come.  
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NEXT SHOWS: 4 – 5 April 2014
VENUE:  Melbourne Town Hall – Mini Main
SHOW:  Fri –  Sat 9.30 pm for 60 minutes.Buy tickets from online ticketing partners / Ticketmaster 1300 660 013 / or at the door
PRICE: $22 – $26.50