Today on the show, The Chaser’s own Andrew Hansen pops by to talk about the immediacy of working on stage, remaking old TV shows and annoying Q&A sessions. Andrew appears with his Chaser cohort Chris Taylor in In Conversation With Lionel Corn, which is on Tuesday through Saturday at 7pm, Sundays at 6pm at the Forum Theatre.
Today’s MICF Daily News Update:
HOT TICKETS: Friday night at the festival means many shows are near selling out or sold out already. Make sure to buy tickets early for any of the following:
Em Rusciano – The Motherload
Nazeem Hussain – Legally Brown
Ronny Chieng – You Don’t Know What You’re Talking About
Joel Creasey – The Hurricane
Damian Cowell – Hara-Karaoke
Judith Lucy – Ask No Questions of the Moth
Kitty Flanagan – Seriously?
Fiona O’Loughlin – The One Where She Left Her Husband and Moved to Melbourne!
Nath Valvo – Happy Idiot
Russell Kane – Smallness
ONE-OFF: Not listed in the festival program is Erotic Fan Fiction returns to the Wheeler Centre at 7.30pm tonight. Comedians Eddie Sharp and Henry Stone will be joined by Virginia Gay, Annaliese Constable and Catherine Deveny. Entry is free but is currently all booked out – try on the door in case a few people don’t show.
FRIDAY ONLY: Back tonight at 8.30pm is Tym Jeffery and his show A Diabetes Discrimination. See it at The Geddes Lounge off King St in the city.
FAMILY: Final day of the school holidays, which means that it’s the last day of a lot of daytime family friendly comedy. Check out the following:
The (very) Big Laugh Out hosts a massive five editions to wrap-up the school holidays. At the City Square Pitch, see Kano Mami at 12.30pm, Justin Sane at 1.30pm, and Jessica Arpin at 3pm. Then at 5.30pm, head to Federation Square for the big show hosted by Peter and Bambi Heaven, and featuring Kano Mami, Jessica Arpin, ONGALS, and Trash Test Dummies. Stick around at 6.30pm, as the Djuki Mala (Chooky Dancers) conduct a dance workshop. All shows are free.
At 10.30am, Sabrina D’Angelo’s show Zen the Pigeon Girl takes off from the Northcote Town Hall
At 11am, The Playground Craze kicks off a short run at the Melbourne Town Hall. Also at the Town Hall: Madeleine Culp and Shane Matheson in Dinosaur Guts, Harley Breen & Heath Franklin in Captain Fun Pants and the Mystery of the Fun-o-Matic Fun Wand and Trash Test Dummies.
The 26-Storey Treehouse comes to the Playhouse at the Arts Centre. 11am and 2pm.
Also at 11am, the Yackandandah Young Players present Scaredy-Cat at the The Famous Spiegeltent at the Arts Centre.
At 12.15pm at the Town Hall, choose between Impromptunes: Tune Your Own Adventure, Jon Bennett’s family edition of It’s Rabbit Night!!!, or Showko with Ninja Ken & Sushi Monster.
At 12.30pm, Comedy Club for Kids returns to The Spiegeltent at the Melbourne Arts Centre. Also at 12.30pm, another edition of The Walls of Poetica at the Town Hall.
Improvilicious: The Improvised Guide to High School holds court at the Melbourne Town Hall from 1.30pm. Also at 1.30pm – Josh Earl in My Family’s Weirder Than Your Family.
At 2pm choose between Alex and Luke’s Make Your Parents Disappear at The Famous Spiegeltent or Mr Snot Bottom and The Curse Of The Stinky Silly Zombie Babies at the Melbourne Town Hall.
Marty Putz is Putzing Around, 3.30pm at the Wonderland Spiegeltent in Docklands.
And ONGALS present their Babbling Comedy, 7pm at The Famous Spiegeltent.
FREE: If you’re hard up for cash, you still can catch a number of free shows as part of MICF:
Collingwood’s Grumpy’s Green hosts Situation Comedy and their Alternative Comedy Situation throughout the fest. Tonight see Sofie Prints at 8pm, Thomas McMahon at 9pm, Jackson Clarke at 10pm and Ailsa Dunlop at 11pm. Shows rotate every night, so check out situationcomedy.com.au for daily listings.
Over at Richmond’s Station 59 the 59 Free Comedy Festival continues on, with different acts on tonight and all weekend. Six shows are on tonight, with Andy Moratis kicking off proceedings at 6.15pm. freecomedy.com.au for full listings of everything on at station 59.
And late-night showcase show The After Party gets things rocking and rolling tonight at 11pm. Entry for all shows once again is free.
LATE NIGHT: In late night news Jameson Festival Club is back in Comedy Bonanza mode. Tommy Little hosts Tommy Dassalo, Josh Earl, Zoe Coombs Marr, Jimeoin, Neil Hamburger, and Papa CJ. Hang back after the show for Hip Hop Karaoke hosted by Matt Okine. Doors at The Hi-Fi open at 11.15pm.
Sydney improv duo The Bear Pack perform of two special editions this festival. 11pm at the Town Hall.
Tomas Ford gets the people dancing with Crap Rave Music Party. 11.55pm at the European Bier Cafe.
Also on late tonight:
Angus Hodge – Slow Death of the Spirit Animal
Ben Russell – The Tokyo Hotel
The After Party
The Fancy Boy Variety Show
Gamze Kirik, Ruben Francis & Sahil Saluja – The Late Night Show
Hayley Brennan – Date Night
Nick Capper – Capper
Facty Fact: Sleepover Club
Thomas Jaspers – Always The Bridesmade
Joshua Ladgrove Talks at You for 52 Minutes in Exchange for Some of Your Money
After Hours: Late Night Laughs at Society
Ali McGregor’s Late-Nite Variety-Nite Night
Late Night, Every Night
Late Night Impro – The Bingo Board of Doom
Greg Fleet – Ad Lib-Oration
Lee Naimo – Finding Lee
Best of British
Blake Mitchell – High Noon At Yum Yum Mountain
Fringe: Comedy with Bangs
Mark Watson’s Comedywealth Games
The Comedy Confessional