Cath Styles is the Accidental Cougar

Love what Cath Styles brings to the table every year, but this show has been a long time coming! Cath has some amazing “Cougar” material and it’s been part of her regular sets for many years … but then! It all came true! She is an Accidental Cougar!

In the wake of becoming unexpectedly single, and even more unexpectedly turning 50, this fierce, funny feminist finds out what it’s like when your favourite joke becomes a reality!

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From break-ups to wake-ups (and make-up!), Accidental Cougar is a fresh and funny look at dating later, and ever

after.

Two jobs, two cats, two countries and four kids… nurse, comic, mother and mad international traveller Cath Styles finds a keepsake in Africa which turns her life upside down and makes her ask the big question…

Can you live your own punchline?

Cath Styles brings her new show Accidental Cougar to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2018. It’s funny, it’s real and it’s certainly relatable to many of us who’ve been thrown a curve ball in life. Come along and laugh with Cath as she navigates dating, life and everything in between.

This is a must see show at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and one of my top picks for the fest!

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Venue: The Upstairs Lounge @ Little Sista, 230 Lt Collins St, Melbourne Dates: Wednesday 28 March – Sunday 22 April 2018 (no show Monday) Time: 6.30pm
Tickets: Wednesday 28 March (Preview) $20; Full $25; Concession and Tightarse Tuesday $20; Group (+6) $22

Bookings here and at the door.

Cath Styles in SHIFT at Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2016

EXCITING TIMES! My gorgeous and talented friend Cath is back at Melbourne International Comedy Festival with a brand new show, SHIFT!

I’ve always found it fascinating how Cath juggles her professional career psychiatric nursing, with her passion and love for comedy. She nails both but add in family, friends, and life as well as your two work lives…. things get interesting.

It’s on from 5-17th April and we’ve got 2 x Double Passes to giveaway.

Tell us when and how you have lived a double life?

You can pick the date you would like to attend – just answer in the comments below!

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We invite you to explore the craziness of a way of life where strange is normal, and normal is strange as Cath Styles presents her new show SHIFT at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2016.

Cath Styles has been a psychiatric nurse for 25 years, and a comedian for 10. Between the nights, evenings, weekends and holidays she’s worked in both jobs, she’s never had a weekend off. Ever! Shift is the show where both her worlds collide, and explores her on again, off again, love affair with her (paying!) job.

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No stranger to finding the funny in the dark and bizarre, the creator of festival favourite Darkness and Light blends stand-up and storytelling to tell touching, and twisted tales of her enduring 25 year fling with psych nursing.

The show will run from April 5 to 17 at The Downstairs Lounge at the Grand Mercure Hotel at 6.30pm. Details for…

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Darkness and Light at MICF 2015, Incredible Comedy show not to be missed

My favourite show of Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2015 is on again and I’m so happy to catch it in the last week of the comedy festival, Darkness and Light. The show is on 7.30pm at

This show is powerful with comedians speaking openly and honestly about REAL issues and matters. IT’s fun and entertaining because they are talented artists, but there stories are also moving. It’s a show of ups and downs, laughs and light, and always entertaining!

Fall down seven times, stand up eight. And tell some jokes about it! 

Comedy gets real as the cream of the Festival’s funny people (and some very special guests) share some very personal postcards from the edge in a show that will make you laugh and cry, but mostly laugh! 

A combination of hilarious stand-up and stunning storytelling, each night is a collection of stories about being human, including tall, true tales about love, loss, coming out, growing up, losing their minds, and the times they nearly didn’t make it. 

It’s not a show, It’s an experience! 

Don’t miss Darkness and Light! 

Some fab reviews!

‘Uplifting. See this show.’ Glass Wings

‘Darkness and Light is no downer. ★★★★’ Herald Sun

‘Surprisingly refresghing.’ Crikey

Get more details here:

http://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2015/season/shows/darkness-and-light 

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The line ups for the next week!
Wednesday
Cath Styles, Danny McGinlay, Chris Franklin
Thursday
Cath Styles, Urzila Carlson, Michael Bowley
Friday
Cath Styles, Becky Lou, Richard McKenzie, Daniel Tobias
Saturday
Cath Styles, Wizard Sandwiches, Jon Bennett, (maybe) Greg Fleet
Sunday
Cath Styles, Jodie J Hill

DARKNESS AND LIGHT AT THE MELBOURNE FRINGE FESTIVAL 2013

Proud to be working on this great show for #MelbourneFringe! Make sure to come along!

 

Returning to the Melbourne Fringe Festival this year, Darkness and Light is a show for those who like their comedy a little on the real side.  Darkness and Light will run at The Tuxedo Cat from September 18 to 24 at 7pm each night, 6pm on Sundays.

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Darkness and Light brings together a fusion of funny people using a combination of stand-up, and stunning storytelling, to uncover the comedy gold that lurks beneath some of their darkest days. This is not about making light of a serious issue, it’s to demonstrate how darkness and light can co-exist in our lives and we can persevere.

Anyone who’s ever experienced bullying, mental illness, racism, coming out, grief, chronic illness, substance misuse, a broken heart, or just a really bad day will find they’re not the only ones, as some of the Fringe Festival’s top comics (and some very special international guests) share their very personal postcards from the edge.

Often confronting, but always funny, the Darkness and Light line-up changes every night, and features a stellar selection of comics, including:

Dave Thornton, Luke McGregor, Girls Uninterrupted, Ben Lomas, Laura Davis and Cat Commandr, and also our regular D & L story-joke masters Richard McKenzie, Bart Freebairn, Lori Bell, Nath Valvo, Simon Taylor, Morven Smith, Geraldine Hickey, Bryan Lynagh, Cy Fahey, Charles Barrington, and more!

Bart Freebairn

Bart Freebairn

*Check Melbourne Fringe website for nightly line-up.

We invite you step into the dark side, and see the light!

“Four stars!” The Herald Sun

“An incredible show and a great concept; each night different comedians get up and tell their true stories of when things maybe weren’t going so great for them. It results in some powerful storytelling and deeply touching moments, but also a chance to laugh at life’s twists and turns. Seeing this show was a wonderful experience and I highly recommend checking it out. Four stars.” The Funny Tonne

“Darkness and Light was an important and deeply satisfying evening. I came away feeling uplifted. I strongly suggest people go and support this show. It needs to be performed again and again: opening people’s minds, opening people’s hearts.” Glass Wings

The maginificent Richard McKenzie. Have you heard his stuff about his Dad? You should.

The maginificent Richard McKenzie. Have you heard his stuff about his Dad? You should.

LISTING INFORMATION

Venue: Tuxedo Cat, 277 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

Dates: 18-24 September 4, 13 Times: 7pm, Sundays 6pm

Tickets: Full $24, Concession $18, Group (4 or more) $18

Bookings: http://www.melbournefringe.com.au and at the door

http://www.melbournefringe.com.au/fringe-festival/show/darkness-and-light/

Opening Night Melbourne Fringe 2013

Opening Night Melbourne Fringe 2013

Artist Line Up:

Wednesday 18 September: Geraldine Hickey, Cath Styles, Mark Trenwith, Bryan Lynagh

Thursday 19 September: Luke McGregor, Cath Styles, Simon Keck, Richard McKenzie, Laura Davis

Friday 20 September: Cath Styles, Cy Fahey, Bart Freebairn, Lori Bell

Saturday 21 September: Dave Thornton, Cath Styles, Nath Valvo, Richard McKenzie

Sunday 22 September:  Simon Taylor, Cath Styles, Martin Dunlop, Sean Bedlam, Morven Smith

Monday 23 September:  Charles Barrington, Cath Styles, Cat Commandr, Nellie White

Tuesday 24 September:  Girls Uninterrupted, Cath Styles, Ben Lomas, Diana Nguyen, Neil Sinclair

Created and Produced by Cath Styles

The shows I saw at the Adelaide Fringe Festival

For years I’ve wanted to get to the Adelaide Fringe Festival – I’ve heard of this Mad March and how the city is taken over by the festival fun and I wanted in. Never did I imagine how much fun I would have and how many cool people I’d meet and great shows I’d see.

 

Since September last year, I’ve been getting more and more involved with the Comedy Industry. I’ve made wonderful friends who have introduced me to more and more great people and next thing I know I’m working with some great people doing social media and PR. So for me this was a working/holiday in the best possible meaning of the term.

 

I was predominantly there for Comedy and comedy I saw! I would love to get into the theatre and circus acts next year (I plan to go for minimum 2 weeks to fit everything in!) but this time was comedy. Here are the great shows I saw:

 

–       Darkness and Light: This is a show with an MC and 3 different comedians each night sharing their postcards from the edge. Real stories and real comedians inviting you to step into the dark side and see the light. It was wonderful. I got to 3 shows and got to see: Cath Styles, Abigoliah Schamaun, Nath Valvo, Richard McKenzie, Bart Freebairn, DeAnne Smith, Tim Whitt, Alexis Dupes, David Smiedt and Nikki Britton. Great diversity of comics!

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MC Nath Valvo with Abigoliah Schamaun

 

–       David Smiedt – Smiedt, Pray, Love – I only caught the last 15 minutes of the show but after seeing David in Darkness and Light I wanted to see his solo stuff. David has great one liners, an educate wit and a class to his act. Laugh out loud stuff this one!

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–       Bart Freebairn, Age of Wonder  A very special show with a treat of a comic. Bart has a magic to his comedy which makes you want to be friends with him as he invites you into his weird and wonderful world. We sat in a
pillow fort” just 5 of us, so 4 audience members, as Bart shared his tales of wonder and delight from his imagination. Whimsical, intimate and so different to the norm – this was a great show to experience.

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–       Anthony DeMasi, Revealed – Anthony is a comedy magician and man is he good at what he does. A great balance of funny one liners and joke magic combined with amazing tricks you cannot believe he pulls off. Lucky to see this show as Anthony does a lot of private and corporate gigs – he also did some spots at Fringe in the Mall which was great during the day, the bunnies Brian and Sebastian might have stole the show though.

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–       Eddie Ifft , Too Soon? – It was great to see one of the big acts at the comedy festival. Eddie who has a dvd that has just come out through Punchline DVD was on fire! There is a darkness to his humour but who cares when he is hilarious! Really nice guy too! Got to grab a photo and kick on to his next awesome show!

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–       Eddie Ifft “Talking Shit’ Live recording of Podcast at Rhino Room: This was a special event, the first live podcast fiming outside the US for Eddie Ifft! What a treat! He had special guests Mickey D and Chris Franklin on the first show which was great Aussie humour and some fun stories from the guys. The second show lasted close to 2 hours, with 5 guests including my friend Milan from Punchline DVD, Imaan, Sammy Longfellow from Puppetry of the Penis, Mickey D, Youtube sensation Alex Williamson. They all did a Tim Tam slam (drink vodka through a Tim Tam) on stage and even I joined in….being the only girl to go up on stage- argh! Live podcast to be heard here!

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What a wonderful week, and I only cracked the surface of the 100’s of acts and shows that were on at the Adelaide Fringe Festival!

Watch for more posts to come as I will review each show I saw!

Girls Night is a MUST SEE at Melbourne International Comedy Festicval

Grab your girlfriends and get along to see Girls Night at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2013! Bringing together some of the best Australian and International female comics, this is a night to celebrate all things female and funny.

This is the fourth consecutive year for the popular Girls Night show, which has built a loyal following in its Comedy Festival touring. “Female comedians have a wonderful energy and camaraderie off the stage; I wanted to bring that experience out for audiences to see. We all get to join in the fun!” said producer Cath Styles.

http://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2013/season/shows/girls-night

http://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2013/season/shows/girls-night

The Girls Night in Melbourne is looking forward to a stellar line-up with DeAnne Smith, Cath Styles, Abigoliah Schamaun, Lori Bell, Girls Uninterrupted, Geraldine Hickey, Anna Log, Linda Beatty, Sally Kimpton, Ethel Chop, Sophie Miller, Diana Nguyen, Juliet Meyers, Alice Fraser, Laura Davis, Karin Muiznieks, Laura Hughes, Yvonne Malik, Telia Neville, Lou Lou Pollard, and many more!

Girls Night has more female comics than any other show at the Festival and we’re proud to sing it for the sisters!  This year we’re doing something extra special and including 2 unique nights on the line-up – Same Love Night! Featuring DeAnne Smith, Lori Bell, Geraldine Hickey, Abigoliah Schamaun, and special guests Joel Creasey and Nath Valvo, these two nights are a thank you to the wonderful gay and lesbian following the show has, as well as a showcase of some of the finest comics the comedy festival has to offer.

From musical comedy, rising stars, award winners and international acts looking to find their audience in Melbourne, this show has something for everyone! The line-up changes every night so one could come to the show every day (we hope you do!) and experience a completely different show!

See GiggleTix.com for nightly line-up

 “Girls night offers some of the sharpest and best value comedy around.”  Gagging For It 

“Knows its audience, and delivers female skewed comedy with refreshing wit.” Herald Sun

LISTING INFORMATION

Venue:  Upstairs Lounge @ Hairy Little Sista, 230 Lt Collins St, Melbourne
Dates: March 28 –April 7
Tickets: Full $24, Concession $18, Group (6 or more), Bank SA, and FB $18
Times: 6.30pm
Bookings: http://www.comedyfestival.com.au/2013/season/shows/girls-night  and at the door.

 

Press Contact: Cath Styles, Laughing Girl Productions

PH: 03 54395990

M: 0439 359 545

Email: cathstyles42@gmail.com

Darkness and Light

I’m thrilled to be going to Adelaide next week to attend the Adelaide Fringe Festival and to be attending this show, Darkness and Light.

 

Depression and anxiety are often taboo subjects in our society but this Comedy Show is bringing light to the topic through a range of hilarious and talented comedians sharing their stories.

 

If in Adelaide over the next week, this is a must see!

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Darkness and Light at the Adelaide Fringe

 

 

Adelaide, South Australia: Making its debut at the Adelaide Fringe Festival this year, Darkness and Light is a show for those who like their comedy a little on the real side.

Darkness and Light will run at The Tuxedo Cat from March 10  To March 17th (excluding Wednesday 13th ) at 11pm each night.

 

Darkness and Light brings together a fusion of funny people using a combination of stand-up, and stunning storytelling, to uncover the comedy gold that lurks beneath some of their darkest days. This is not about making light of a serious issue, it’s to demonstrate how darkness and light can co-exist in our lives and we can persevere.

 

Anyone who’s ever experienced bullying, mental illness, racism, coming out, grief, chronic illness, substance misuse, a broken heart, or just a really bad day will find they’re not the only ones, as some of the Fringe Festival’s top comics (and some very special international guests) share their very personal postcards from the edge.

 

Often confronting, but always funny, the Darkness and Light line-up changes every night, and features a stellar selection of comics at the top of their game, including:

 

DeAnne Smith, Cath Styles, Richard McKenzie, Jon Bennett, Michael Bowley, Toby Halligan, Lori Bell, Alexis Dubus, Simon Taylor, Morven Smith, Ben McKenzie, Mark Trenwith, Nikki Britton, Nath Valvo, Abigoliah Schamaun, Juliet Meyers, Bryan Lynagh, Tim Whitt, and many more.

 

*Check Fringe website for nightly line-up.

 

We invite you to step into the dark side, and see the light!

 

“Darkness and Light was an important and deeply satisfying evening. I came away feeling uplifted. I strongly suggest people go and support this show. It needs to be performed again and again: opening people’s minds, opening people’s hearts.” Glass Wings

 

­­­­LISTING INFORMATION

Venue: The Tuxedo Cat

Dates:  10 March -17 March (no show Wednesday 13th March)

Tickets: The prices are Adult $24, Concession $18, Fringe Benefits $18, and Group $18.

Times: 11pm

Bookings: GiggleTix.com and at the door

 

PRESS CONTACT:

Cath Styles, Producer, Laughing Girl Productions

PHONE: 03 54395990 M: 0439 359 545

Email: cathstyles42@gmail.com