Let’s face it, 2020 was awful. For many Melburnians, the last-minute cancellation of Melbourne International Comedy Festival was the first sign of just how bad things would get.

It’s a new year now. Yay! And with that dumpster fire behind us, MICF rises like a phoenix once more. You heard right, live comedy is back in town—and this time around it’s more homegrown than ever!

The coming of a new festival season will always warm my little heart as I see collaborators both old and new with their very own festival shows.

Here is another Revolutionary Recommendation for 2021:

Dilruk Jayasinha – Victorious Lion

25 Mar – 18 Apr

The literal translation of ‘Jayasinha’ is ‘Victorious Lion’. It’s a name befitting of a king. It’s a name with swagger. But is it suitable for Dilruk?

Dil’s had a victorious few years. He’s performed sell-out shows around the country and the world and filmed a stand-up special for Amazon Prime. He’s been on TV shows like Have You Been Paying Attention? and Utopia. But he still doesn’t feel like the triumphant king of the animal kingdom his name suggests.

It’s time for Dilruk to work out if he is a Victorious Lion by nature or by name only.

It was way back in 2013 when Dil was still an up-and-coming comedian that Andy and I had the pleasure of interviewing him on an episode of the Potato Revolution Podcast.

I still get a kick out of seeing Dil turn up on telly, not least because I can point excitedly at the screen yelling, ‘I know that guy!’

Season 3

Victorious Lion is playing now.

Get your tickets and show details at: https://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2021/shows/dilruk-jayasinha 

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