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Sunday, March 27, 2005

A preview to laughter

In the last two evenings I've managed to get to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival looking for laughs, hoping to forget my usually serious demeanour. It's always good to rock up to the Melbourne Town Hall at this time of the year and see so many different people lining up in the ticket queues and gigs. The Town Hall is ground zero for the festival where you find many a stand-up or at a near by theatre, pub, club or lounge-bar whithin walking distance. Wanted to take a few photos for the blog but forgot my camera.

The first day, rocked up late and after 20 minutes waiting in line, facing a cold autumn wind and the desired show sold out, had to improvise and choose an unheard of Canadian. First point, if you have been living in the UK for the last 15 years and have more English jokes than Canadian don't advertise yourself as a moose-head. Next, if it's a comedian's first trip to Oz the Previews are not just a preview to the public but a preview of the locals to the comedians to try out their wit looking for hits and misses as well as searching for "culturally" relevant humour. I'm not going to say who it was as, let's look forward to improvements next year.

Last night we went to see
Chris Addison. Now this is guy is really funny. I had never heard of him before yesterday, now I highly recommend his shows. For a show titled Civilization there weren't as many skits about it but he had the audience in rapture all the way, including the required quantity of local humour.

Let's say, for example, if you were a Latin, French, Japanese or Arabic (
pick your language) speaking comedian do they get to attend such global festivals as Melbourne, Edinburgh or Montreal? Is this is the future for comedians or are we getting one of these ?


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