Good luck to everyone involved in the 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, which runs from 27 March to 21 April 2019. Check out the full program online.
Annie Louey – ‘Before I Forget’
Annie Louey has grown as a performer. While already friendly and approachable, she has taken her comedy to another level with improved storytelling. After a strong 2018 Melbourne Fringe Festival performance, ‘Before I Forget’ promises relatable content, games and a ‘sprinkling of facts’...everyone loves facts! Check out ‘Before I Forget’ at the Chinese Museum from 28 March to 21 April.
Barnie Juancan – ‘Tap Head’
Barnie Duncan is one of the most talented physical comedy performers Hugging Comedians has seen live. Barnie also received the ‘Best Comedy 2018 Adelaide Fringe’ Award, which recognised his skill as a performer. ‘Tap Head’ is part stand-up and part surreal theatre, a combination that sounds fascinating with Barnie behind the project. Check out ‘Tap Head’ at ACMI from 28 March to 18 April.
Ben Knight – ‘Big Red’
Ben Knight is a talented musician and comedian. He is big. He is red. He is worth seeing at the MICF. Check out ‘Big Red’ at Trades Hall from 28 March to 21 April.
Clara Cupcakes – ‘I Made This For You’
Clara Cupcakes is an entrancing performer and her new show ‘I Made This For You’ appears equally enthralling. The location and title of each show will be announced on Clara’s social media the morning of each performance. The shows are free so audiences can attend and pay what they feel at the end. Check out ‘I Made This For You’…. somewhere… from 27 March to 21 April.
Chimp Cop – ‘The Very Best of Chimp Cop (All New Material)’
Hugging Comedians has never seen Chimp Cop but wants to. Comedy festival rumours suggest Chimp Cop has been bringing guaranteed laughs through its sketch comedy for years. No time like the present to go along. Check out Chimp Cop at Trades Hall from 28 March to 21 April.
Dane Simpson – ‘Origins’
After seeing Dane Simpson perform early in 2017, Hugging Comedians was impressed with his entertaining stories and the plenty of one-liners that were thrown in. After a couple of years touring every state and territory (except Tasmania) since then, Dane has the experience to put on a quality show about family, history and Wagga. Check out ‘Origins’ at The Coopers Malthouse from 9 to 21 April.
Fran Middleton – ‘Fran Solo’
Fran Middleton caught Hugging Comedians’ attention during her participation in the 2018 MICF show ‘Snort – With Friends’, where her energy onstage was delightful. In promotional material for ‘Fran Solo’, it states “she is a nincompoop who creates high-art/weird-ass comedy shows”, which is an immediate draw card so count Hugging Comedians in. Check out ‘Fran Solo’ at Globe Alley from 26 March to 4 April.
Laurie Black – ‘Space Cadette’
Hugging Comedians is an unapologetic fan of musical comedy so after missing Adelaide Fringe Festival ‘Emerging Artist Award’ winner Laurie Black in 2018, her 2019 MICF show ‘Space Cadette’ is on the list of shows for Hugging Comedians to see. Lauren will be inviting audiences to join her for piano, synth beats and a trip to Planet Better, for those bored of this Earth. Check out ‘Space Cadette’ at The Butterfly Club from 5 to 11 April.
Simon Amstell – ‘What is this?’
Simon Amstell is one of Hugging Comedians’ favourite comedians and presenters. ‘What is this?’ promises a personal and funny exploration of beauty, intimacy, freedom, sex and love...and is the show Hugging Comedians has to see this festival. Check out ‘What is this?’ at the Arts Centre from 9 to 21 April.
Sophie Smyth and Ryan Smedley – ‘The Aspie Hour’
After quality reviews from their 2018 Melbourne Fringe Festival run, ‘The Aspie Hour’ promises great things. ‘The Aspie Hour’ states it is an informative and delightful cabaret, where it explores the performers’ experiences with Asperger’s Syndrome and navigates the neurotypical world through musical theatre. Check out ‘The Aspie Hour’ at Trades Hall from 28 March to 7 April.
Tim Vine – ‘Sunset Milk Idiot’
Tim Vine’s 2016 MICF show made Hugging Comedians’ face hurt…in a good way. Tim’s style might not suit everyone but the manner in which he throws jokes and puns around, one after another, guarantees laughs (and maybe some groans). Stoked to have Tim back in the country! Check out ‘Sunset Milk Idiot’ at ACMI from 28 March to 21 April.