The Butterfly Club has a long and proud tradition of unearthing musical comedians early in their careers. The venue has helped launch the careers of Tim Minchin, Sammy J and Geraldine Quinn. This week, they play host to the debut solo hour of Benny Milligram – a musical comedian who is sure to become a household name in the near future.
Benny Milligram is a comedian, classical pianist and hardcore melodica player. He studied classical piano at the University of Tasmania Conservatorium of Music with Shan Deng and Michael Kieran Harvey, and later, classical voice with Michael Lampard and Jane Edwards.
While at the conservatorium, he abandoned serious music in pursuit of silliness, and began performing comedy songs in local Hobart bars. After graduating, he moved to Melbourne to pursue a career in teaching English as a second language, where he was able to make a living as an accordion player while studying.
As an English teacher, Benny travelled across the world to interesting locations, often incorporating music into his teaching, and continuing to write and perform silly songs for the amusement of his colleagues and small bar audiences.
A Selection of Silly Songs is Benny’s first full-length solo show – a light-hearted musical journey in song, through thought-provoking topics such as ethics, love, religion and bum scratching.
Benny Milligram: A Selection of Silly Songs
The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place, Melbourne
Season: 14 – 17 November 2018
Information and Bookings: www.thebutterflyclub.com
Image: Benny Milligram (supplied)