MICF Mark Watson

MICF: Mark Watson – I’m Not Here

I’m Not Here involves an account of Welsh comic Mark Watson’s last trip to Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2015. It might also hint at the circumstances that lead to his absence between then and now. Regardles...
MICF Mel Buttle

MICF: Mel Buttle – Dog Bitch

The title of Mel Buttle’s new show references the reaction of some dude in a pub to her love of canines. She wasn’t always this way though, and this offering (sort of) sketches out her journey from pooch sceptic to Dog B...
MICF Laid Natalie Palamides

MICF: Natalie Palamides – Laid

Laid is majestic anarchy. Whether audience or artist, Laid is compulsory viewing at this year’s comedy festival. Beyond superlatives, beyond the thesaurus, beyond any frame of reference that a show could be compared to, ...
MICF The Kagools Kula

MICF: The Kagools – Kula

Sometimes we all need a change of scene. English mime duo The Kagools have this in mind in their new show Kula. The result is a very funny expedition to the frontiers of physical comedy. Last in Melbourne with highly mem...
MICF Dead Men Tell No Jokes

MICF: Dead Men Tell No Jokes

The title of this parody of the Pirates of the Caribbean series – Dead Men Tell No Jokes – doesn’t tell the whole story; the living can have some problems too. These were sometimes technical; some players had...
Sean Patton - photo by Mindy Tucker

MICF: Sean Patton – Number One

In a programme of about 600 shows at MICF 2018, it helps to have a point of difference. Sean Patton has the hook of being from the ‘drunken voodoo pirate city’ of New Orleans. Given that upbringing, we might have expecte...
MICF DeAnne Smith

MICF: DeAnne Smith – Worth It

Just before the official start, Smith advised that Worth It wasn’t going to be about money, as the MICF guide indicated. Instead of being that show from the Canadian’s brain, this would be “the show from her heart”. I wa...
MICF James Veitch

MICF: James Veitch – Game Face

A former Apple Store “Genius”, English comic James Veitch has gained some life XP and returns to MICF following his sell-out 2017 offering on internet scams: Dot Con. Having missed that, I was keenly anticipating his fus...