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2019 CROWDED COMEDY FESTIVAL PROGRAM

The Crowded 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Program is now live! This year we are programming nine rooms across four spaces and supporting The Butterfly Club (two rooms). We are very proud of this program and can’t wait to present the 101 shows we are working with. Get your tickets early to avoid disappointment and we’ll see you in March to kick it off! 🥂

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This 45 word description exists to MANIPULATE and ENTICE you into coming to this show. You're being SWINDLED. Comedians WRITE THESE THEMSELVES. 23 22 WORDS LEFT 19. THIS SHOW IS AN ANGRY, IMPASSIONED RESPONSE TO COMEDIANS WHO DISRESPECT THEIR AUDIENCES. I WOULD NEVER DO THAT

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Ridiculous, poignant and laugh-out-loud storytelling cabaret about different kinds of love, sex, relationships and heartbreak. All fuelled with real-life embarrassments, heartfelt soul singing and the joy and pain of being human.  ★★★★ – Theatre Weekly ★★★★ – The Spy in the Stalls

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Neil Triffett, creator of Netflix’s Emo the Musical,  presents a bitter-sweet, musical romp through the heartache and pain people cause themselves. Armed with a ukulele, a piano, and a darkly-comic sense of humour, Neil will share stories of his own misery, the misery of others, and, on the upbeat nights, your misery too

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Sharyn is having a good time. She’s having a ball. She has returned from living in the UK for two years with a brand new show about how a devotion could be seen as an “obsession” and how tragedy can sometimes be subjective. You’ve got to laugh, right? … right?

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HAVE YOU EVER SCREAMED AT THE MAJESTIC BEAUTY OF A BUDDING FLOWER? DO YOU FIND YOURSELF INTERNALLY SCREAMING WHEN MEN CALL YOU “darlin?” LIFE IS WEIRD AND WONDERFUL, BUT SOMETIMES SH!T AND CONFUSING! LET’S SCREAM ABOUT IT! Stand up comedians Frankie McNair and Maddy Weeks are coming from your Nations Capital to verbalise their internal screams during this hour of stand up comedy written entirely in caps lock

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You won't be able to get enough of these Sweet Potatoes! Three of the most fabulous rising stars of the Melbourne comedy scene band together to form the ultimate sketch and stand up show of 2019!

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Three of your favourite cinematic works from the esteemed Hilary Duff oeuvre brought to life by one woman in an UNAUTHORISED! and UNOFFICIAL! good time. Riotous (consensual) audience interaction, The Great Roast of Paolo, mysterious masquerades, drill team choreography, in-depth film analysis and more!

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Claire's favourite dinosaur is a Pterodactyl. Other favourite things include going to Aldi, her murderous goldfish Gavin, fighting the patriarchy, and cheese. Truth or Claire is a journey of Claire's favourite songs about her favourite things.  "Funny and insightful." ★★★★★ - Adelaide Theatre Guide

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Treat yourself to a night of non-stop laughter as two of Melbourne’s freshest up and coming comedians/ millennial babes Rhi Down and Aurelia St Clair perform their fav material. Ferocious will make you laugh, clear your skin, mend your split ends, put $500 in your savings account and call your mum

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BEHIND THE CURTAIN is the only show that shines a light on every crazy, ridiculous and insane method used to create the Independent Theatre you’ll see during the Comedy Festival. From walking as a Pigeon through hot blood to find one’s emotional truth, to writing scripts specifically designed for casting hot nudes, is there nothing these desperate Creatives won’t do in a bid to create the perfect piece of theatre? This show will expose a wound that will end, or save, the Theatre

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Blending the tales of the 20th century’s foremost cougar with modern literature’s most notorious shipwreck survivor in a fresh sketch-fable-parody-party, Chelsea Zeller and Samuel Russo guide you on the escapade of a lifetime. Part clowning, part drag, part paranormal lightning storm, Mrs Robinson Crusoe delivers an assorted cast of exceedingly ridiculous characters to take you on an outrageous ride through space and time, sex and love, rock, roll and the human condition

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Average height. Average build. Above average jokes. Watch Nick pretend to be confident. Marvel at his unique plainness. Struggle to tell him apart from literally any other white male comedian. "one of Adelaide's more intelligent comedians... a first rate comic." RIP IT UP. "You might have an “I was there when” moment." The West Australian

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Paul Savage's Dad (a baptist minister) claimed there is only one joke in the bible. Sensing a challenge, Paul set out to find the rest. Following two sell-out runs at the Ediinburgh Festival Fringe and a UK tour, join him as he finds wizard battles, kung fu moves and a surprising amount about foreskins

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Pretty Good Lineup is a pretty good lineup of six Melbourne comedians doing their best jokes, stories gags and other various what-have-yous

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What’s under the stairs? A wizard boy? No. ‘Tis John the Knight. John has been readying his pauldron legs and cheese-crusted toes for a small all-out war between a moth duct taped to your nan’s fork collection and a medium-sized bear with porridge ears. Oh, and he’s gonna do it without talking. BOOM.

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Winners of the Director's Choice Award 2018 in the NZ International Comedy Festival, the Fan Brigade are ugly bitches who should gas themselves… or talented and multi-award-winning comedians taking the NZ & Sydney comedy scenes by storm (depends who you ask). In 2019 they bring their sold-out show Feminazi Bitches to Melbourne

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Oliver Coleman is breaking all the pool rules. Dive in and experience this frenetic hour of unbridled silliness. This wet and wild show is full to the brim with this master of buffoonery’s unique character comedy and surreal stand-up.  BYO pool noodle!

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Iszzy Williamson is a psych major. Emily Weir is an expert on Dr. Phil. Pulling on self-help and pop psychology tropes, they create a heartwarming, mind-altering comedy experience. Who says destigmatising mental illnesses can't be completely hysterical? Do not operate heavy machinery after watching

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After a sold-out run and nomination for Best Comedy at Melbourne Fringe Festival, Megan is polishing her badges and bringing Born Prepared to MICF. A warm, funny, nostalgic look at the sometimes very strange world of 80’s Brownies, the weird traditions, The Promise, and the badges. So many badges...

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A show about deciding what to keep in your life, from a rising star of the international comedy scene. “A wonderful antidote to the juggernaut comedians. Frank and funny... a little surprise.” Mick James, ABC, 2018 “Great comedy, full stop. Terrifically told, very funny.” Chuck Moore, 2018 Writer for the BBC As seen on Sky One

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Jeeves is going to be a dad. The only thing that stands in the way of his goal of being the best dad in the world is that he already dislikes his unborn, next-gen kids. He explores stories from his own ethnic upbringing to reveal how they've affected him as a human being, and future-dad, so far

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"Democracy is in decline, the climate is in peril, and all the good movies keep disappearing from Netflix. The world is a mess, why not laugh at it? Tim Logan is a prolific writer and performer. He is currently developing multiple projects for TV. David Rose has been writing comedy since before he was born. In 1994, David was voted 'Funniest Sperm' by over 12 million of his peers.

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It’s dark and it’s sassy. You're invited to an hour of twisted and unapologetically hilarious jokes from two of Melbourne’s best comedians. As bold and clever as it is silly and playful, this show is like having a glass of wine with your best friend and then finishing the bottle

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Twenty-three years ago, the Carlton Blues won the AFL Grand Final. It was the best day of Carol’s life. Now, after watching her once-proud club crumble into mediocrity, she faces the greatest challenge in modern football history… Making the Blues great again

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Filipino-Kiwi comedian James Roque always thought that all his hang-ups about race were born when he stepped foot off that plane and onto his new home years ago. Now he realises that he accidentally checked in some baggage. Join him as he unpacks it all - who knows what will come out.

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Let there be Bok! Rock music has its fair share of swaggering, pseudo-philosophers running about making wild noises. Now it’s comedy’s turn! Tune in, turn on and Bok out with stories and silly mimes from the mouth of award-winning Lauren Bok

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If you like comedy and hate nightmares then this is the show for you. Stop facing your fears, Rob Caruana will do it for you! He will endure a living nightmare. YOU will be completely safe and relaxed, HE will not! This is one show that guarantees you won’t be put to sleep!

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New Yorker Eve Ellenbogen has always been told she's a bit over-the-top: too loud, too emotional, too much... just like every other woman in history. Eve had always told herself she was immune to these bullshit social expectations, staying her chatty, Jewy, unfuckable-with self...until something happened that made her question everything. (Also, there are at least a few dick jokes. Probably even more than a few. So there's something for everyone)

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The cast of the acclaimed 2018 Melbourne University Law Revue ('The Cake') brings you an hour of fresh and exciting sketch comedy. Filtered only by a rigid, excessive, borderline-religious adherence to political correctness, this promises to be bigger, funnier (and humbler) than ever

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HE’S BACK! After sell-out seasons the Caffeinator returns! Macchiato? Latte? Nescafe? Join Ben on a hilarious new journey through Melbourne’s coffee obsession, from painfully hip single-origin roasters to grandmas ordering piping hot cappuccinos

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A show about sexuality, the ethics of meat eating and the Titanic, or as they say in the business “The Comedy Trifecta”, “Drinking for Two” is a collection of stories about finding yourself, behind the flannelette shirts, at the back of the closet

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Chloe is now a girl. 3 years ago she came out as transgender. Her insights into living as both genders and dating, coming out,  living true to yourself and finding a comfortable pair of shoes have become a total hit with audiences.  Go and check her out

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Jacqueline is a charming little parsnip with a butternut pumpkin sized heart and strong meaty hind legs. She’s the delicious roast dinner you’ve always wanted to watch perform comedy. She’s certifiably perfect and has love letters from her exes to prove it. You’ll be kicking your tits if you miss this!

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We make an infinite number of choices every day - in relationships, in finance, in Buzzfeed quizzes. But how - and why are some of them so terrible? Science comedians Alanta and Ben invite you to dive into your own psyche, paddle about in your subconscious, and sun yourself on the deck of your hopes and fears as they explore the psychology behind the bad decisions we all make

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Amy Cunningham tells something called The Boot Story. Because The Boot Story is a crowd-pleaser -- and crowds are better when they're pleased. A show about containers. And wrappers. And skin sacs. And borders. The parts that shape and define, and constrict and separate. Like a boot stuck to a foot. Or a gender stuck to a body

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Comedy Good Time! is an hour of fun with three of Melbourne’s most exciting up-and-coming comedians! They’re coming at you with hot new takes from angles you weren't expecting, saying words you couldn't anticipate, all while having a bloody good time!

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Is It Just Me? (colloquial, rhetorical question) meaning am I the only one who thinks this? Jai Cameron shares and questions his experiences about life as we know it in his new comedy show. Audiences will leave saying I thought it was just me… or will they? After his inaugural sell-out comedy show, ‘Would You Like Fries With That?’ You won’t want to miss his Melbourne Comedy Festival debut

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For Reeni Inosha, preserving her market rate is important - but how far will she go to have it all? Through hilarious sketches and storytelling, Reeni invites you into her world of protecting her 'happy', and explores why she’s no longer worried about growing old and living alone. She has a lifetime supply of retinol, a relationship with the Buddha and is a foster mum to a new puppy every month

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Matthew Vasquez – RAW Comedy National Finalist 2018. Mathew Hespe – "\'Classic observational comedy... Consistent and quality laughs.' (Hugging Comedians). Ian McCarthy – Rat. Join three of Melbourne's brightest young comedians for an hour of solid laughs

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Two parts fever dream and one part personality quiz, Final Form takes aim at the desperate lengths we go to in our eternal quest to be liked. This show is a meditation on being everything to everyone. Replete with ghosts, a cello, and taking inspiration from the celebrated 1950s sociologist Erving Goffman, expect both “the visceral and the absurd” (The Sydney Morning Herald) from Ange Lavoipierre in her debut solo hour

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Have you ever been harassed whilst dressed as a pudding in a shopping centre? Forced to dance around children’s tables as they eat at birthday parties? Turned up to Christenings as a clown? Isabella lifts the lid on the ridiculous and publicly embarrassing extents performers will go to, with unbelievably chaotic and hilarious true stories. ★★★★ - The Advertiser

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Jake is a lippy Queen. At a time when the truth is filtered like an Instagram influencer's selfie, there has never been a better time to loosen your lips. Raunchy with zero bars held, award-winning Kiwi comedian Jake Howie isn't for those who are prudish or fake. And if they don't like it? Let Them Eat Jake

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A compilation show featuring a rotating bill of comedians and storytellers talking about everything book related - it could be anything from a kids book that scarred them for life to a time they partied with Salman Rushdie - whatever it is, if you like reading there'll be something for you

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A self-confessed, highly strung lesbian working for the Tax Office who was once heckled for "Not Being Gay Enough", Kimberley is clearly living the dream (seriously comedy better not take off). Lightning, a sensitive soul offers up spritely yarns from a life that has been anything but straight and boring

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In 2012 I wrote a diary on a deck of playing cards, one for each week. Pick them out and I'll tell stories spanning three continents about heartbreak, prison, fireworks -- everything! The order's up to you

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Charisa Bossinakis returns to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival with her second show Paquito. Bossinakis delves into the myths we are told from birth like travel is good for the soul and family is the greatest blessing (really? Have you been to Christmas lunch?)

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Colette Mann and Geoff Paine present the definitive 50 minute masterclass in working on TV soaps. This 'Big Acting for the Small Screen' show will involve audience participation, well-kept showbiz secrets and a survival guide for anyone caught on camera. Bring your melodrama and get your fix of telly technique, overacting and driving a scene in your direction. There'll be laughter, there'll be tears (but way more laughter)

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When their director Paul Noodle (a pool noodle) goes missing in time, two comedians risk everything to bring him back. With tech by Sandro Falce. "a phenomenal comedy show" - Squirrel Comedy "the funniest existential crisis you’ll ever have" -The Dialogue "destined to be legends" - Weekend Notes

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Two friends follow their dream of creating an amazing sketch show! But among the squirting citrus, the '80s aerobics, and the magic mike strip routines...they fear their dream might be out of reach. It's comedy, it’s burlesque, it's slap stick, it's heartfelt...it's harder than they thought. Nominated for "Best Comedy" 2018 Melbourne Fringe Festival and winner of the "New Zealand Tour Ready Award" 2018 Sydney Fringe Festival

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Sick of experts telling you what to do? It’s time we heard from people who are unequivocally not experts. Chris Ryan and Tom Gibson are opinionated, passionate and so lacking in credibility that you know they’ll be wrong about everything. But finally, here are adults who are talking nonsense but actually know it! Big on opinions, low on expertise, massive on funny – they are completely UNQUALIFIED

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A poetic storytelling show bursting with heart and hurt and hope. "I'm on record as being a fan" Daniel Kitson. ★★★★ The Stage. ★★★★★ Out In Perth. ★★★★ Time Out. ★★★★ Fest Mag. SOLD OUT Edinburgh Fringe 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018. WINNER Best Storytelling Comedy Act What's on London Comedy Awards 2017. WINNER Edfest Bouquet 2016, 2017, 2018

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Prepare yourself for hilarious tales of the macabre from sketch comedian and not-particularly-spooky guy David Massingham (The Big HOO-HAA!, Impro Melbourne). Following his critically-praised solo debut Sketch Me Like One of Your French Girls, Massingham is channeling his inner-Vincent Price. Join this Raw Comedy state finalist for an interactive sketch storytime session to die for.

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Both John and Rakhesh are ready to tell you about their hilarious experiences as foreigners in strange lands. Leave your inhibitions at the door and cut loose, as they take you on a no-holds-barred journey through tales of their travels, that have brought them from their birthplaces to settle on these shores!

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We follow Jeneane through her world as she deals with boiz, bitchez, lyf & luv: the highz & the lowz, the sunsetz & the cocktailz, the brunchez & the baggiez, the pilatez & the pingerz. Kidding there will be absolutely NO cocktails, brunch, pilates or baggies. She can’t afford that shit. She can afford pingers and YouTube yoga classes though, so there will defs be some of them

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Woah, Alyssa! is a sketch comedy duo made up of some guy and his boyfriend. These two hush puppies are back for Woah, Alyssa! 2 where they’re gonna play every character in an energetic hour lampooning overcooked pop songs, empty-headed talk show segments, straight actors doing gay smooches, and that’s just the tip of the shaft!

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A sketch show disguised as a sci-fi engineering presentation on the glorious potential of the new magma mining industry.  From ideas generated on the 'Two in the Think Tank' podcast. 

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A stray dog become a mad dog. After sellout shows in 2016 and 2017 Beau Stegmann is back with hilarious anecdotes about work, health and some other stuff. (Contains almost no actual jokes about dogs) 'Hilarious and outrageously honest... the full house was in stitches.' YAWP Magazine 'A masterful storyteller with genuine character and heart.' In Batmania 'Intensely likable.' ArtsHub

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This time last year Hunter was single, childless and gay as hell but 12 months can change a LOT. Dragging his dad-bod back to MICF in 2019 the radio host and Head Writer at The Project is ready to work out what the bloody hell happened to his life. "Wild, Weird and Very, Very Funny" -Herald Sun

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Josh Chodziesner toes the line between entertainment and desperation in this hour of high concept, high commitment sketch comedy. There IS a plan, but Josh will turn the entire show on it's head if that's what you want. Is that what you want? Please tell me what you want.

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The untold story of Australia’s biggest comedy disaster. Starring Ben Russell (The Tokyo Hotel, Restaurant F*ckheads, Tonightly and Gamey Gamey Game). Directed and Co-written by Maggie Looke (The Tokyo Hotel, The Project and Restaurant F*ckheads

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When Fran was little, she wanted to be Harrison Ford. To get to pash Carrie Fisher. Or maybe she wanted to be Carrie to get to pash Harrison. We can't be sure. But now she is a nincompoop who creates high-art/weird-ass comedy shows. GOLDEN GIBBO NOMINEE 2017 "really, really fucking funny" POPCULTURE-Y

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Camilleri returns, after electric seasons at Melbourne’s Comedy and Fringe festivals, with an acidic hour of bracing yet nuanced comedy, explorative characters and a penchant for the absurd. Reckless, observant and crisper than a Ritz Cracker™, prepare to take a walk on the beta side—as Camilleri has several, and they all can’t wait to meet you

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Gravy secrets is a one woman show about three women trying to make it big in the city. The stories of three characters are interweaved to create this absurd, dark and refreshing part play, part sketch comedy show. With raw chicken, no gravy and no secrets Kimi fox explores what it means to be #trending

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Spontaneous Broadway is Australia's favourite improv musical comedy show thrilling audiences world wide with hilarious new musicals created every night on the spot. Rik Brown, Amberly Cull, Andrew McClelland and Louisa Fitzhardinghe along with host Lliam Amor and maestro John Thorn bring your suggestions to life with dance numbers, duets and laughs galore. “One of the best shows of the comedy festival." HERALD SUN “Utterly Brilliant.” - THE AGE

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The dumbest game show ever to grace a stage. Stephanie Laing and Paul Savage bring you a silly hour of silliness, with zero artistic merit, but a shockingly high volume of Maltesers. This is an interactive show, so be prepared to get involved with some jousting, guess which donkey done a murder, and probably drown in the underwater round

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