Monthly Archives: March 2016

Kirsty Mac presents MANFLU at Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2016

Kirsty Mac is bold, unapologetic and damn funny. She’s bringing her new show to Melbourne and it opens tonight. Manflu!

I’ve seen a number of Kirsty’s performance and love her wit, way with words and her ability to bring the laughs with the most serious of subject matter.

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A bit more about the show:

What is MANFLU? Have you had it? Is it contagious? But most importantly, could it be messing with your mojo…

MANFLU is all about the history of the patriarchy and the systemic history of oppression for all genders. Stories and jokes about domestic violence, pick-up artists, mens rights activists and how Kirsty Mac is beating them all at their own game. ‘But if you’re expecting a man-hating diatribe that’s only after smiles of solidarity from sisters in the audience, you’re going to be disappointed.

‘Raucous and rude, sweary and sexy. ★★★★’ Sunday Herald (UK)

‘Mac succeeds in taking on the world. ★★★★’ Herald Sun

Venue: Speakeasy HQ, 522 Flinders Street

Dates: 31st March & 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th of April

Time: 7.00pm

Get your tickets: Trybooking and at the door http://www.trybooking.com/KCHQ

 

Also!!! The Venue, Speakyeasy HQ, have a special drinks offer on! See the post:

Speakeasy HQ is excited to announce the launch of a new cocktail shooter “INOCULATION”! 

The shooter is being launched alongside the hilariously sassy Kirsty Mac is Feminazi new Melbourne International Comedy Festival show, Manflu!

Come and see the show, and get your flu shot today!!

The show will be launching tomorrow, with 12 shows in total – 31 Mar – 17 Apr

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Sherpa – Movie Screenings around Australia – Tickets Giveaway

We’ve now given away 3x double passes to Sherpa Film which opens around Australia on 31st March, 2016. I’m so excited to see this movie after trekking to Everest Base Camp in 2015 and seeing how incredible these sherpas really are!

Read the blog for details and leave your comment to enter!! Just two double passes left.

Check out screening dates here: http://sherpafilm.com/cinemas/

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Sherpa is an awe inspiring, emotional and epic story of one  of the biggest tragedies to ever occur on Mount Everest. See this film to learn more about what life is really like for those who work and live on the World’s largest mountain. 

SherpaA fight on Everest? It seemed incredible. But in 2013 news channels around the world reported an ugly brawl at 21,000ft as European climbers fled a mob of angry Sherpas.

In 1953, New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay had reached the summit in a spirit of co-operation and brave optimism. Now climbers and Sherpas were trading insults – even blows. What had happened to the happy, smiling Sherpas and their dedication in getting foreigners to the top of the mountain they hold so sacred?

Determined to explore what was going on, the filmmakers set out to make a film of the 2014 Everest climbing…

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Butt Kapinski will captivate you at MICF 2016

Loved seeing Butt Kapinski at Melbourne International Comedy Festival on Thursday night. My first show of the fest and I jumped right in.

This is interactive comedy at its best. The audience is part of the show. Get ready to get involved. My cheeks hurt from smiling and laughing, You never know what’s going to happen and yo could see this show every night and you’ll always see something different!

Butt Kapinski embraces Film Noir and it reminded me of studying it in year 11 English class withh Big Eddy! WOOP! If you want to see something truly unique this festival, get to Butt Kapinski at The Tuxedo Cat!

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Butt Kapinski is unusual, enticing and interactive. The poster alone will lure you in and make you want to know more! The show itself is bursting with action, engagement and so many laughs.

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I had the pleasure of attending the show last night and after hearing so much buzz coming out of Adelaide Fringe, I was glad I did! Expect the unexpected with this show. Be prepared to get involved in the show and you’ll be captivated until the final applause.

Butt is a charachter, a very interesting character. Unmistakable in appearance and endearing in the quirky mannerism’s. This is a show you’ll see and talk about for weeks after.

You’ve got until the 17th April to see the show but don’t leave it too late, with the buzz that’s going around, the show is sure to be a sellout!

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Details for the show!

Think it’s a solo show? Think…

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#Laxico2016 – Day 2 – Driving from LA to Lake Tahoe

Yes… this may be a month overdue… shoosh!

Tuesday 23 February, 2016

The day of the big drive! We were pretty out of it in the morning, our first night in the US, so the jetlag was kicking in pretty good. We packed up and had a nice breakfast with my Cuzzie and a cuddle with the dogs. Our goal was to hit the road after the traffic around 10am and then get there just after dark or not too late.

Success! On the road at 10am and we had minimal traffic heading out of LA on the freeways. As soon as we got past the major areas, it opened up into rolling hills as we entered the “…” valley.

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It was such an interesting area, kind of mountainesque but not quite. There was a massive lake on one side and just an interesting scene. The first few hours went really fast.

 

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Lunch stop, our first tiff of the trip. I had predicted that the two things we would fight about if we fought were driving directions, and what to get for lunch, Of course these two things combined when you’re driving around trying to find something to eat. Carls Jr, Del Taco, Starbucks… urgh is it better the devil you know. I said I wanted something “healthy” and my boyfriend was leaving it up to me…. Hmmm. A deli! That’s “healthy” right. It was pretty much a fancy subway. We got a small… 8 inch sandwich! What is a large then – look at this monster!!

 

Tasty lunch and back on the road. Loving this ‘Winter’ weather here in California. It’s such an interesting state. Around Bakersfield we drove past what we thought might be cherry blossoms, we later realized they were probably oranges. I decided to save the debate but tweeting the photo and a friend came to our rescue with an answer, almonds! Fascinating.

 

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Driving in the USA is totally fine. My boyfriend was doing really well with the whole other side of the road thing and as long as it’s not LA, you’re all good! I felt safe in his abilities. After lunch, with the warmth of the sun and the gentle humming of the car, my jetlag took over. My darling man decided this was an opportune moment for a happy snap. Yep… I was tired! Passed out cold for a good hour and a half and this is the result.

 

We got into the mountains area after Sacramento around 5ish. The drive slowed down from there as you wind around single lane roads through the mountains and around the enormous pines. I nearly made Matt swerve off the road when I saw the snow capped mountains for the first time and pointed out across the steering wheel …. My bad!

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Arrived into Lake Tahoe around 7pm. Lovely little town with twinkle lights around and wooden cabin like buildings. We were staying right on the Stateline in South Lake Tahoe and as our hotel, Harveys Casino is one of the tallest buildings in town, it was easy to spot. Couldn’t see the lake or mountains, as it was too dark, keen to explore the town the next day.

 

Check in was unpleasant at Harveys I must say. We booked through Expedia and I was happy to have booked and paid for the hotel upfront so we wouldn’t have to worry when we got there. Not only was the front deskman gruff and short with me, perhaps been in the service industry about 30 years too long, he also informed me of a $22USD per day charge for resort fees, including internet and the health facilities. I wasn’t happy but accepted it as apparently it’s mandatory.

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We went to our room, which was lovely and spacious and we had a decent view over the city. Big bathroom, walk in closet and change area and a nice big bed. I then checked my bank and had $424AUD gone! I was outraged! Luckily I had a large amount on my credit card. I also checked my booking to see where it said about resort fees, and it didn’t.

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Back to Grumbly McGruffman who looked equally unimpressed to see me again. He couldn’t understand my accent or was hard of hearing as I had to repeat everything I said. I asked why such a large amount was taken off, he said that’s the damages they hold on my card of $50 per day… umm ok. Maybe it’s good to tell me that when you’re taking that charge off my card. And then I discussed why there is a resort fee when I had already paid in full. He explained that this was the issue of the company I booked through for not telling me, not their’s so, nothing they can do. Excellent service… America and its hidden charges drives me crazy! And it’s only Day 2!

 

Tired, weary and now a little hot headed, we went out to seek food. The good thing about staying in a casino, plenty of choice and you don’t have to go far. We had $2 beers and some tasty burgers from Straw Hat. It was easy, cheap and good food. Served us well! P.s. O love RANCH! So much Ranch! Give me all the RANCH!!!

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In bed by 9pm, absolutely shattered and now ready for our first big days at the snow!!!

 

Oh and because I love them, sunset from the drive!

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Lauren Bok presents Is that A Burrito In Your Pocket Or Are You Just Happy You Have A Burrito – #MICF 2016

I’m so excited to see Lauren Bok in her first solo show, Is That A Burrito In Your Pocket Or Are You Just Happy You Have A Burrito – #MICF 2016! It opened last night and tonight will be my first night at the show!

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This super talented lady has been in a number of ensemble casts and co-written shows with other performers. She’s now branching out on her own in this hilarious piece. I got a sneak preview in her spot at Festival Club last night, and this girl has got it going on.

A bit more about the show:

Life is a Burrito.

We’re born, we are shoveled into a channel of carbohydrate, and the weight of life’s commitments are thrown on top of us.

The Tomato Salsa of Dreams. The Guacamole of Expectations. The Sour Cream of Hope.

This is the debut solo show from comedian and spicy hot tamale Lauren Bok.

Lauren Bok is a Melbourne-based comedian with a bright, witty, physical style. She is a regular on the comedy circuit in Melbourne and interstate, and appears nationally on Channel 31’s Live on Bowen, Games Night, OffBeat and About Tonight.

‘Genuinely funny, entertaining and witty. ★★★★’ Beat Magazine

‘Very quick and hilarious while thinking on her feet.’ YAWP

‘Solid material with plenty of verbal imagery.’ Squirrel Comedy

‘The wild one, with her constantly shifting facial expressions and intense physicality.’ Pop Culture-y

Carpet Room
Forum Theatre
March 24th – April 3rd
8.30pm

Get your tickets at Ticketmaster!

She even has a special Easter themed burrito for opening weekend, nawww!

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Juan Vesuvius presents “Calypso Nights, Juan Two?” at MICF 2016

Last year I saw Juan Vesuvius perform his clown DJ show, Calypso Nights, at Melbourne International Comedy Festival and it was an absolute stand out! It’s stayed in my mind and I’m so excited to be seeing “Juan Two?” tonight! Getting my Calypso moves ready and hunting down the maracas! Come along for opening night.

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More about the show:

Following his music-infused cult hit, Calypso Nights, award-winning Venezualan DJ Juan Vesuvius is back with a brand new adventure in Caribbean music, politics and absurdism.

Calypso Nights: Juan, Two? is the second instalment in Juan’s mission to heal the world with calypso. Wow. Beautiful.

Using his unique brand of vinyl-mixing, maraca-wielding comedy Juan will guide you on a journey that is part music lesson, part dance party, part psychedelic chutney trip.

Winner The Skinny Genius Award 2014 (Ed Fringe)
Nominated Best Newcomer Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2015

“It’s Doctor Brown, the Mighty Boosh and Sacha Baron Cohen in one man.” – THE NATIONAL (Scotland)
”Delightfully bonkers” ★★★★ – THE LIST
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CALYPSO NIGHTS: JUAN, TWO?
24th March- 17th April
9:45pm (Sun 8.45pm)
Roxanne – Parlour Room

Accessible performance:
Wednesday 30 March

Get your tickets at Ticketmaster!

Also here is a sneak peek at Juan’s crazy antics:

Juan Vesuvius Ibiza vs. Melbourne


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