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UTG @ Melbourne International Comedy Festival: Mark Watson – ‘Flaws’

Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Comic: Mark Watson
Show: Flaws
Venue: ACMI Beyond

Mark Watson is a hardworking man of very many talents. With a decade of seasons at the Edinburgh Fringe, multiple 24-hour comedy marathons, TV appearances and a library of novels up his sleeve – as well as a family waiting for him at home – you’d expect that he’d be a confident chap quite chuffed with his lot in life, but he’s not. Or at least he wasn’t, for a while there anyway.

His new show Flaws is an hour of musings upon the nature of what he …

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UTG @ Melbourne International Comedy Festival: David Quirk – ‘Thrasher’

Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Comic: David Quirk
Show: Thrasher
Venue: Fast Times – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

David Quirk is a skateboarding lifer who works in a skate shop. He also happens to be a comedian.

So when it came time to find a place to host a comedy show about his life’s work in skateboarding retail, he could think of no other appropriate place than in the shop itself. So that’s where I found myself Monday night, watching one of Australia’s most original comedians, performing his new show, Thrasher, in front of a wall of skate decks and a …

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UTG @ Melbourne International Comedy Festival: Joel Creasey – ‘The Hurricane’

Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Comic: Joel Creasey
Show: The Hurricane
Venue: ACMI Below

The last twelve months have seen Joel Creasey rise from the ranks of ‘promising young comedian’ to genuine comedy superstar and national celebrity status. This ascendance has blessed him with an insight into the lifestyles of the rich and famous, exposing him to the idiosyncrasies and human failings of many an A-lister (and C-listers, and whatever Neighbours stars are classified as), and granting him a new perspective on the cult of celebrity.

Creasey’s new show The Hurricane draws on these experiences to hilarious effect, with Creasey using …

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UTG @ Melbourne International Comedy Festival: Rhys Nicholson – ‘Forward’

Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Comic: Rhys Nicholson
Show: Forward
Venue: Melbourne Town Hall (Backstage Room)

Rhys Nicholson is regarded as one of the world’s most promising young stand-up talents, and if his new show Forward is anything to go by, it’s not hard to see why. Taking to the stage dressed like a “lesbian debutante ball attendee” (his description, not mine), with an effigy of his own face as a backdrop, Nicholson took command of the room instantly, dazzling the audience with his razor-sharp wit as he delivered multiple laughs per minute.

Devastatingly effective in the realms of filth, sexual …

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COMEDY REVIEW: ‘Applespiel Make A Band And Take On The Recording Industry’

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STAND-UP TUESDAYS: Kyle Cease

Stand-Up Tuesdays is a weekly comedy spotlight written by the wonderfully talented Angie Frissore. Covering both known and unknown comics, Stand-up Tuesdays is your new source for all things funny.

This week, Angie puts a spotlight on Kyle Cease. If you or your comedy troupe would like to be featured on Stand-Up Tuesdays, please email utgjames@gmail.com.

In this day and age, it’s all too easy to get caught up in the political correctness of stand-up comedy. Everywhere you look, some comedian is being forced to apologize for something said in a joke that someone, somewhere felt was inappropriate.  Comedy is …

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STAND-UP TUESDAYS: Billy Wayne Davis

Stand-Up Tuesdays is a weekly comedy spotlight written by the wonderfully talented Angie Frissore. Covering both known and unknown comics, Stand-up Tuesdays is your new source for all things funny.

This week, Angie puts a spotlight on Billy Wayne Davis! If you or your comedy troupe would like to be featured on Stand-Up Tuesdays, please email utgjames@gmail.com.

Being a true northerner I will admit that it’s hard for me to take anyone with a deep southern accent seriously – fortunately, the south has produced its fair share of intentionally funny people for me to enjoy in a much healthier …

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STAND-UP TUESDAYS: Chris Strait

Stand-Up Tuesdays is a weekly comedy spotlight written by the wonderfully talented Angie Frissore. Covering both known and unknown comics, Stand-up Tuesdays is your new source for all things funny.

This week, Angie puts a spotlight on Chris Strait! If you or your comedy troupe would like to be featured on Stand-Up Tuesdays, please email utgjames@gmail.com.

 

I must admit something that, for some reason, I tend not to talk about often – I’m a huge fan of TruTV’s World’s Dumbest. There’s really nothing I love more than watching people act like complete morons, so couple that footage …

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STAND-UP TUESDAYS: Will Noonan

Stand-Up Tuesdays is a weekly comedy spotlight written by the wonderfully talented Angie Frissore. Covering both known and unknown comics, Stand-up Tuesdays is your new source for all things funny.

This week, Angie puts a spotlight on Will Noonan and his latest release, ¡Surpriso! If you or your comedy troupe would like to be featured on Stand-Up Tuesdays, please email utgjames@gmail.com.

There’s no doubt that with all of the year-end ‘best of’ lists coming out you’ve got a backlog of great comedy CDs to take in – but set that task aside for a moment and instead …

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STAND-UP TUESDAYS: Gary Gulman

Stand-Up Tuesdays is a weekly comedy spotlight written by the wonderfully talented Angie Frissore. Covering both known and unknown comics, Stand-up Tuesdays is your new source for all things funny.

This week, Angie puts a spotlight on Gary Gulman and his latest release, All I Want for Chanukah is Christmas. If you or your comedy troupe would like to be featured on Stand-Up Tuesdays, please email utgjames@gmail.com.

Here we are, a mere five days before Christmas – and I’m finally getting in the holiday spirit. I have to admit, though, that it took some much-needed assistance, which, not …

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STAND-UP TUESDAYS: Beards Of Comedy

Stand-Up Tuesdays is a weekly comedy spotlight written by the wonderfully talented Angie Frissore. Covering both known and unknown comics, Stand-up Tuesdays is your new source for all things funny.

This week, Angie puts a spotlight on Beards Of Comedys and their latest release, Cardio Mix. If you or your comedy troupe would like to be featured on Stand-Up Tuesdays, please email utgjames@gmail.com.

Oh, how I’ve longed for a comedy album to appeal to the massively A.D.D. side of me – and alas, my prayers were not unheard with the new CD from the Beards of Comedy, …

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STAND-UP TUESDAYS: Joe DeRosa

Stand-Up Tuesdays is a weekly comedy spotlight written by the wonderfully talented Angie Frissore. Covering both known and unknown comics, Stand-up Tuesdays is your new source for all things funny.

This week, Angie puts a spotlight on Joe DeRose and his latest release, Return Of The Son Of Depression Auction. If you or your comedy troupe would like to be featured on Stand-Up Tuesdays, please email utgjames@gmail.com.

It seems to me there’s been a subtle turning of the tide in the world of stand-up comedy, bringing with it a style of humor that is winning audiences over everywhere …