Barnie Duncan presentsTAP HEAD


A surreal comedy about a tap and a stand-up comedian from the creator of Calypso Nights and Different Party.

After taking out the Best Comedy Award at the 2018 Adelaide Fringe with his long-standing partner Trygve Wakenshaw and their show Different Party, multi-award winning writer, actor and comedian Barnie Duncan is debuting his new solo show Tap Head at the 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Part stand-up comedy, part surreal theatre, Tap Head explores the life of a lonely tap who works in a public toilet in Fairfield Park, a tap who also frequents open mic nights to test out his jokes

Spliced together with actual stand-up from non-tap Barnie Juancan, and featuring a captivating sound-designed world, this show explores anthropomorphism and amateur comedy nights with gleeful and beautiful surrealism.

Directed by Katy Maudlin, with sound design from Daniel Nixon.

“Deserving of comedy superstar status”


Broadway Baby

“Duncan has created a magical experience.”

Squirrel Comedy

“A master at subverting expectations.”

Theatreview (NZ)

WINNER: Adelaide Fringe Festival Best Comedy 2018 (Different Party)

OFFICIAL SELECTION: The List’s Best Late-Night Shows of the Fringe 2017 (Juan Vesuvius: I Am Your DeeJay)

WINNER: The Skinny Fringe Genius Award, Edinburgh Fringe 2014 (Calypso Nights)

NOMINEE: Best Newcomer – Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2015 (Calypso Nights)

Social media:

Facebook: @juan.vesuvius Twitter: @barnie_juancan Instagram: @barnie_juancan

Tap Head

ACMI Games Room – Federation Square

28 March – 18 April, 8:30pm, 7:30pm Sundays.

Tickets: $26-28 from

Mick Pacholli

Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his fathers publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.  Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry. Mick has also created a number of local festivals and is involved in not for profit and supporting local charities.        

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