24 August

Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally – aka Ron Swanson and Karen Walker – announce Australian tour

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Ron Swanson and Karen Walker are a married couple in real life. If this is news to you, then we’ll just let that sink in for a minute. If you’ve spent the last few years dreaming about what life is like at home for two of television’s most hilarious, acerbic characters, then break out the vodka: Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman are coming to Australia early next year to unleash their sexed-up Summer of 69: No Apostrophe tour.

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Crucially, as Offerman notes in the tour announcement, “there’s an important subtitle in the show, and it’s ‘no apostrophe’. It’s about the greatest love relationship of all time”. Mullally adds that the show will be “rather graphic”; we’re talking songs, explicit details of their red-hot relationship and, (whatever this means), “an astonishing final act of completion”.

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Many of us have already experienced the unbridled Offerman/Mullally sexual chemistry in NBC’s Parks and Recreation, in which Mullally plays Ron Swanson’s ex-wife, Tammy Two.… Read more

11 August

The Melbourne Fringe Festival launches its largest-ever program

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Melbourne’s largest celebration of independent arts is about to get bigger than ever, with 401 events taking place in 174 venues across Melbourne. The program spans everything from comedy to cabaret, circus to theatre, and is packed with experimental and exciting new shows that you won’t catch anywhere else.

Setting things in motion at this morning’s media launch was the Victoria government’s minister for creative industries Martin Foley. “The Fringe Festival is a lifeline of support for emerging creators,” he said. “It brings forward creativity that would otherwise be marginalised.” In light of the federal government’s “savage cuts” to independent arts funding (by contrast, the Fringe is still generously supported by state and local governments), Foley re-iterated that the Fringe is more important than ever – the Melbourne Fringe works to develop and promote emerging artists, and ticket sales all go back to the creators.

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Once you get your hands on the program, a good place to start are the free, site-specific works popping up throughout the city, through the Uncommon Places and ACCA in the City programs.Read more

16 July

Amy Schumer’s doing a Melbourne-only show – get your mitts on tickets pronto

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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:

Amy Schumer Live is a one night only event on Wednesday July 22. Tickets go out Friday July 17 from 10am. Read more

24 May

Russell Brand announces Australian tour in October

Russell Brand joins Occupy Wall Street activists in New York City on 14 October 2014. Photograph: XP

“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

24 March

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is here


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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.

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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