Hold the phone. Amy Schumer’s coming to town!
One the funniest ladies to come out of America’s stand-up circuit in recent years has announced a surprise headline show for one night only at Melbourne’s Hamer Hall. Coming to international attention after the 2013 debut of her Comedy Central sketch show Inside Amy Schumer, the comedian has become known for her no-holds-barred sense of humour.
With Schumer’s first major feature film Trainwreck due out in Australia on August 6, this stand-up show will no doubt be an uncensored taster to the funny lady’s comedic prowess.
If you’ve not familiar with Schumer’s stand-up style, expect comedic critiques of topics ranging from sexting, relationships, to celebrity culture. See what we mean below:
“We’ve been told freedom is the freedom to fulfill our petty desires,” says British comedian, actor, author and political figure Russell Brand, in the announcement of his national tour. “but TREW freedom is freedom FROM our petty desires”.
Hitting our shores in October, Brand will come armed with biting political criticism and the dogged determination for truth that has earned him more than a million subscribers to his Youtube web series, The Trews.
Fans of Brand – who rose to fame as a stand-up comedian – can still expect his sharp observational humour and electric charisma. Whether he’ll pull out anything else in his attempt to give the power back to the people remains a mystery.
Asked by Time Out in a recent interview whether he’s concerned that fans of his comedy don’t like his political material (or his recent book, Revolution), he said that “I do have concerns, because I’m a comedian and I don’t want this to start being some dry, bureaucratic first pump – unless it’s an anal one.… Read more
L-R: Geraldine Quinn, Bob Downe, Em Rusciano, Denise Scott, Dolly Diamond
Here’s a secret: we’re actually a bit scared by the sheer number of shows at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (which begins tomorrow morning). Seriously – with a record-breaking 599 shows, we’re wondering whether our social calendars (and core muscles) can cope.
A fair whack of the festival’s funnymen and women turned up today to The Greek Centre (the newest MICF venue in the heart of Melbourne’s Greek precinct) for the festival’s media launch. A quick scan of the room revealed Sammy J, Ronny Chieng, Lawrence Leung, Dolly Diamond and Paul Foot, for a start. Lord Mayor Robert Doyle and Victoria’s Creative Industries Minister Martin Foley attended too; Foley later remarking that politics is “show business for ugly people”. Huh.
Sammy J and Randy.
Melbourne’s favourite Hellenic comedy goddess Effie kicked off proceedings, only to be pouted off stage by Puddles: the sad, seven-foot clown who launched into an absurdly melancholy rendition of ‘I Started a Joke’.… Read more
How much comedy is too much comedy?
You could be about to find out.
The evil geniuses in charge of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival are seeking three brave souls to put their lives on hold and their love of laughter on the line for the Funny Tonne, billed as the ultimate test of comedy endurance.
Participants will race each other, the clock and the slow decay of their own personal hygiene to see as many shows as they can over the 26 festival days. It’s a crazy-fun way to spend a month, especially since you’ll be flashing a super-exclusive passport everywhere you go and filing reviews to the festival’s website in whatever free time you can scrounge.
The comedy gauntlet has been run each year since 2005, and the bar has been set very high. Last year, Funny Tonne winner Chris Menezies saw a gut-busting 158 shows in 26 days, blowing the previous record of 147 out of the water. That’s around six shows per day for the better part of four weeks.… Read more
Ribs still hurting from last year’s Comedy Festival? Yep, ours too. Believe it or not, Melbourne’s funniest festival is upon us once again, and the organisers have just revealed a record-breaking number of acts. We’re talking more than 559 in 145 venues, by over 3,000 funny people. The MICF website is now live, and all tickets are now on sale.
It can feel overwhelming, but remember, comedy’s supposed to be fun, not scary. We’ve given you a mere taste of the lineup: go forth and get booking!