MICF 2021 Revolutionary recommendations – Snake Oil

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:

The Burton Brothers – Snake Oil

8 – 18 Apr

Do you suffer from an ache that ails you or a maddening malady? Do you feel like a chunk of rotting butcher’s meat that’s been ripped apart in the sweltering heat of the day by hungry dogs?   

Then look no further than the miracle cure we have for you. Two brothers performing sketch comedy. It will make you laugh, make you cry, put a pep in your step and some fuel in your mule.

One half of the Burton Brothers, Tom (I have not met Josh, but have been assured that he is good people) turned up in two #QuestInnPodcast episodes back in 2018 as the egg-obsessed fox, Mickle Mantel. Both recording sessions were a breeze. Tom brought a great vibe to the studio and gave his character life in a way that was both unique and memorable.

Snake Oil is playing now.

Get your tickets and show details at: https://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2021/shows/burton-brothers-presents-snake-oil

MICF 2021 Revolutionary recommendations – Teleport

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:

Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall and Andy Matthews – Teleport

5 – 18 Apr

Life is about the journey, not the destination. But in this presentation, two visionary engineers introduce a new technology that will eliminate the journey, so your life can finally be about the destination.

When I learnt that Alasdair (along with co-conspirator Andy Matthews) got the gig with the new Shaun Micallef show Mad As Hell, I was pleased as punch for the pair of them, but I never would have guessed that gig would have had such a respectable lifespan. Seven years later, the show (and their writing) continues to deliver top-level lunacy.

No strangers to podcasting, Alasdair and Andy have their own long-lasting show Two in the Think Tank (279 episodes!) and also helm The Pop Test on Radio National.

Way before any of this happened though, back when Alasdair was still an up-and-coming comedian, Andy (my one—not Alasdair’s) and I had the pleasure of interviewing him for an episode of the Potato Revolution Podcast.

Season 3

Teleport is playing now.

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

MICF 2021 Revolutionary recommendations – Victorious Lion

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 

MICF 2021 Revolutionary recommendations – Scandal! A Reflection on Essendon’s Doping Saga: The Musical?

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:

Scandal! A Reflection on Essendon’s Doping Saga: The Musical?

25 Mar – 4 Apr

In 2013 Essendon Football Club was rocked by one of the biggest doping scandals in AFL history.

Scandal! A Reflection on Essendon’s Doping Saga: The Musical? is a (slightly) biased look at what it means to be a diehard fan when your heroes fall from grace. Featuring all original music and a live band.

Nominated for Best Cabaret Writing at the 2019 Annual Greenroom Awards and also received the Moosehead Award in 2020, Kit is a creative force worthy of your attention.

Kit appeared in the mysteriously-titled #QuestInnPodcast episode Balai the White as Mop LeBlanc in 2019.

Scandal! A Reflection on Essendon’s Doping Saga: The Musical? is playing now.


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