IMPROVILICIOUS: The Improvised Guide to BFFs

Meet Ben and Cassie – your new best friends. After conquering the internet, high school, and history, our award-winning improvisers are back with their new impro-larious, edu-comical and help-arific guide to making and maintaining best friends forever.

These (possibly) real-life BFFs have created an improvised experience especially for tweens and teenagers about the positives and pitfalls of friendship.

At every show, Ben and Cassie bring a few new besties from the audience to join them on an epic improvised adventure. Get on stage or sit back and watch the made-up-on-the-spot merriment and madness. With audience participation and awesome improvisation, every show is unique!

“Great, honest and wholesome performance for the whole family… sure to tickle your fancy.” Weekend Note

Anya Anastasia presents – ROGUE ROMATIC

Serenades from a Delinquent Diva Contemporary, bold, sparkling, sexy and packed with punchy humor this new work from Anya Anastasia follows on from her award winning hit Torte E Mort: Songs of Cake and Death.

Feisty, feminist, fierce, multi-award winning, internationally acclaimed cabaret femme fatale
Anya Anastasia has gone ROGUE!

Rogue Romantic is the follow up from Anya’s latest award winning show Torte e Mort: Songs
of Cake and Death that won awards, hearts and stars all over Australia.

The limited season of this new work will run from Wednesday March 29 to Sunday April 2 at
the beautiful Melba Spiegeltent, Collingwood.

Armed with a biting wit, fuelled by a lust for revenge and backed up by her new kick-ass full
band Anya’s Rogue Romantic is a seductive and exhilarating night of music, theatre and fun.
A night filled with electrifying twists, hilarious physical comedy, intense audience interaction and Roque should draw out a titter or two. Audiences will experience the thrill of this extravagant, glamorous and off-kilter diva right in their very laps (literally)!

Channelling Yma Sumac and Shirley Bassey, Anya’s vocals range from husky cabaret to operatic soprano, to the delight of cabaret, live music and theatre lovers.

Rogue Romantic follows hot on the heels of her smash hit 2016 Edinburgh Fringe season of ‘Torte e Mort: Songs of Cake and Death’ which also won The 2016 Adelaide Fringe Weekly Award for Best Cabaret.

Now we can bear witness to this multi-talented artist as she smashes the stage with a star-studded band and all new original songs.

Rogue Romantic is directed by Wes Snelling, with dramaturgy by Clare Bartholomew (Die Roten Punkte), and musical direction by Lucian McGuiness (Scotch and Soda, Company).
Don’t miss the performer critics and audiences alike are labelling “a major MAJOR talent” Stage Whispers.

Tickets are limited, so book now at trybooking.com

Event Details
Anya Anastasia presents

ROGUE ROMATIC
Serenades from a Delinquent Diva.
Melba Spiegeltent,
35 Johnston St, Collingwood

Dates: Wednesday 29 March to Sunday 2 April, 2017
Times: 8.00pm
Tickets: Adult – $30
Concession – $25
Parental guidance recommended (PG)
Bookings: trybooking.com

Website: anyaanastasia.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/anyaanastasiaartist
Video Content: anyaanastasia.com/gallery/video/

 

The Architects of Sound: Arena Spectacular @ MICF

WHAT ITEM CAN’T YOU LIVE WITHOUT IN THE REHEARSAL ROOM?

Valencia:  The Macbook pro. Without it we simply would not be the iconic indie musicians you know and bow down to today.

Sutro: A soy decaf latte on cold press almond milk, and make it Irish.

Amaro: My Japanese Koto.

WHAT’S THE BEST SHOW YOU’VE EVER SEEN?

Valencia: Mariah Carey’s 2016 New Year’s Countdown really pushed lip sync boundaries. We hope to beat it during our run.

Amaro: I’d have to say seeing Rogue Traders at the Eatons Hill Hotel – I was totally inspired by how they didn’t let their dwindling cultural relevance get them down.

WHAT WAS THE FIRST EVER PERFORMANCE YOU WERE IN?

Amaro: Many of you would be familiar with my breakout role. It was a 3-episode arc on McLeod’s Daughters where I played McLeod’s youngest daughter ‘Jiblet McLeod’ who was tragically run over by a rogue tractor from a neighbouring farm.

Sutro: I performed the leading role in the school nativity play… the Star of Bethlehem.

Amaro: Although Sutro didn’t have any lines she truly was the standout performer, which is why we wanted her to be in The Architects of Sound in the first place.

Valencia: My first performance explored the concept of endurance and was a 52 hour long DJ set at a rooftop bar in brisbane where I only played the spanglish version of  “The Ketchup Song” by Las Ketchup.

WHY DO YOU DO WHAT YOU DO?

Amaro: You know, that is a great question.  Why do we do what we do? Well, because we simply could not do anything else. When you are a musical genius, it isn’t a matter of choosing to write music, it is a matter of having to. We are just  vessels for creativity.  It’s our job. We are sonic auteurs. We see what is happening in the world and then we create music as a means to comprehend and understand what is going on.  A perfect example of this is when we wrote the dance hall track “Where are my toes?” It was really just an investigation into where we had put our toes and also where THE WORLD had put THEIR TOES. So, it’s all about connection, coming together and engaging large audiences and starting a conversation. That’s why we do it.

But then you know, there is the other side of the coin. Why does anyone do anything? To become famous at all costs and burn as many music industry bridges as possible.

WHAT EXCITES YOU ABOUT PERTH?

Valencia: We have heard that Pürthé has Australia’s highest number of culturally elite people per capita.

Amaro: Pürthé is two hours behind Brisbane. So it’s going to be nice to  go there and feel younger again.

Sutro: It will be nice to make some new friends

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT SUMMER?

Valencia: Global Warming. Currently we are all inspired by the monochromatic colour scheme of the Great Barrier Reef.

The Butterfly Club Presents Lawson Reeves and Josh Staley

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2 Guys, 1 Magic Show, No Idea 

Butterfly Club presents Big Brothers Lawson Reeves teams up for unconventional magic show. Lawson and Josh are more likely to pull a hare out of their ass then a rabbit out of a hat.

As the show begins you’ll instantly notice that this isn’t only a unique magic show, but a unique show no matter what the art form. Forget scripts, and don’t worry about a running order, instead the audience is in full control, deciding what happens and when. From what magic is performed, to how it’s performed. When we say ‘no idea’ we really mean it.

This year as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, The Butterfly Club presents 2 Guys, 1 Magic Show, No Idea. “We wanted to create a magic show that made people laugh and have them scratching their heads saying “how the f**k did they do that?””

The pair use their quick wit, sarcasm, dry humour and showmanship to bring audiences a magic show the likes they have never seen.  Their relaxed, easy going approach to magic has their audiences in a false sense of security from the very beginning allowing for a night of the impossible.

Accumulating multiple awards, television appearances, and a Guinness world record, the boys aren’t just all talk, good looks, and sleight of hand. Josh is a former national champion and an internationally renowned performer. Lawson is best known for his run on ‘Big Brother’, being christened the ‘Big Brother magician’, performing weekly for hundreds of thousands of people on national TV. Together they helped, set a record for the ‘world’s longest magic show’, clocking in at 85 hours.

This production opens on the 10th of April and runs for seven nights daily at 5:30pm. Bookings recommended

Show Details: 2 Guys, 1 Magic Show, No Idea

Dates: 10th – 16th of April

Time: 5:30pm

Cost: $25-32

Venue: The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place, Melbourne

Tickets: https://thebutterflyclub.com/show/2-guys-1-magic-show-no-idea

DARA O BRIAIN LIVE

 

AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2017

 “One of the most dependably entertaining stand-up comics in the land”The Times 

 

SYDNEY – SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE – SUNDAY 2 APRIL

Book at SOH Box Office 9250 7777 www.sydneyoperahouse.com or Ticketmaster 136 100 www.ticketmaster.com.au 

MELBOURNE  – HAMER HALL  –   TUESDAY 4 APRIL

Book at Arts Centre Box Office 1300 182 183 .artscentremelbourne.com.au or Ticketmaster 136 100www.ticketmaster.com.au 

PERTH –  RIVERSIDE THEATRE  –  SATURDAY APRIL 8

Bookings: Ticketek 132 849 or www.tickeek.com.au 

 

  “O Briain has a laser eye for the absurd and the spurious” – The Guardian 

Dara O Briain, one of the most charismatic, intelligent, fast-talking and downright funny live performers working today, will return to Australia for the time in over a decade in April 2017.   Dara is back doing what he does best with two special shows in Sydney and Melbourne. 

The king of audience interaction once again takes to the stage where he relishes exchanging ultra-rapid fire quips with members of the audience, and delivers witty and daring anecdotes like no other stand-up comedian.  

As well as his masterful stand-up work, Dara is one of the most recognisable faces on British TV, as host of the hugely successful Mock The Week, The Apprentice – You’re Fired and Stargazing Live.  Not forgetting his most recent shows Dara O Briain: School of Hard Sums for Dave and Dara O Briain’s Science Club for BBC2

In 2012 Dara had the honour of both presenting the 2012 BAFTA TV Awards on BBC ONE as well as himself being a nominee.  

Other notable television work sees Dara as an integral member of the Three Men in a Boat, alongside Griff Rhys Jones and Rory. Since 2011, Dara has co-hosted BBC1′s astronomical show Stargazing Live alongside Professor Brian Cox the latest installment of which will broadcast from Australia in March 2017. Dara is one the few performers to host successful comedy shows in both the UK and his native Ireland at the same time.  He started his career in television as a children’s presenter on RTÉ whilst performing his first stand-up gigs on the Irish comedy circuit, after studying at University College, Dublin, where he studied Mathematical Physics. 

Dara has also previously released five classic stand-up DVDs, Crowd Tickler (2015), Craic Dealer (2012), This Is The Show (2010), Dara O Briain Talks Funny Live In London (2008) and Dara O Briain Live at the Theatre Royal (2006). Dara’s first book Tickling the English, released in 2009, proved to be an instant hit, remaining in the charts for nigh on two years after release.  

Part travelogue, part tour diary, the result is an affectionate, hilarious and often eye-opening journey through the sceptered Isle. His latest book will be a look at the solar system for children, published in Autumn 2017 entitled Beyond The Sky (Scholastic). 

“Worked the stalls like a puppet master” – Evening Standard 

www.daraobriain.comwww.abpresents.com.auostie 

Two big nights of Tripod at MEMO Music Hall – Friday 9 and Saturday 10 December  – 8pm

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Blain Crellin speaks with TRIPOD here:

Tripod Christmas Turkeys – Two big nights of Tripod at MEMO Music Hall – Friday 9 and Saturday 10 December  – 8pm

Christmas. We can’t avoid it. Not saying we want to. Well, sometimes we might. But it’s not going anywhere. Therefore, let’s hear some songs about it. Specifically, let’s hear Tripod poke their harmony-laden musical sticks at Christmas this year.

They might even stealthily make you feel Christmassy. 

Since their earliest shows Tripod have made a consistent habit of juggling comedy, music and narrative in endless exhilarating combinations, consistently evading neat definitions whilst always striving to stay worthy of their fans’ time.

Tripod continue to bring an insane level of craft in both comedy and music and combine them in a rich and satisfying way – an ability that has cemented them as a much loved cultural fixture in Australia.

Xmas Turkeys promises to be a hilarious mix of suburban whimsy and dark satire, the perfect Christmas gift for those that love or hate Christmas and everything in between.

“…there’s hardly time to catch your breath in between bouts of uncontrollable laughter… these guys are unbelievable musicians too. Sometimes five stars just aren’t enough” The Scotsman, Edinburgh

“Tripod could be a comedy trio or just a very strange, very talented rock band” Adelaide Advertiser

MEMO MUSIC HALL – 88 Acland Street St Kilda

FRID 9 & SAT 10 DECEMBER  – 8pm
BOOK:

 www.memomusichall.com.au or
3pod.com.au


Life
I am the magician
With my staff and sword.
I wield towards
A knowing end,
But along the journey
Be loving and gentle,
Until shadows reveal
A mirror of self.
An imaginary shadow
Of living and life lived,
Etched upon the world.
It’s message is there
And everywhere
Never to be erased, as all
Who have come before
Have etched their lives
On the curtain of the
Universal wall.

Blain Crellin 2016

Tripod Christmas Turkeys –

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Two big nights of Tripod at MEMO Music Hall  

Friday 9 and Saturday 10 December – 8pm

Christmas. We can’t avoid it. Not saying we want to. Well, sometimes we might. But it’s not going anywhere. Therefore, let’s hear some songs about it. Specifically, let’s hear Tripod poke their harmony-laden musical sticks at Christmas this year. They might even stealthily make you feel Christmassy.

Since their earliest shows Tripod have made a consistent habit of juggling comedy, music and narrative in endless exhilarating combinations, consistently evading neat definitions whilst always striving to stay worthy of their fans’ time.

 

Tripod continue to bring an insane level of craft in both comedy and music and combine them in a rich and satisfying way – an ability that has cemented them as a much loved cultural fixture in Australia.

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Xmas Turkeys promises to be a hilarious mix of suburban whimsy and dark satire, the perfect Christmas gift for those that love or hate Christmas and everything in between.

“…there’s hardly time to catch your breath in between bouts of uncontrollable laughter… these guys are unbelievable musicians too. Sometimes five stars just aren’t enough” The Scotsman, Edinburgh

“Tripod could be a comedy trio or just a very strange, very talented rock band” Adelaide Advertiser

MEMO MUSIC HALL – 88 Acland Street St Kilda
FRID 9 & SAT 10 DECEMBER – 8pm
BOOK www.memomusichall.com.au

TURNBULL CALLS TRUMP

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Much to my surprise, a long lost Russian cousin sent me a recording of Prime Minister Turnbull’s congratulatory call to President elect Donald Trump


Trump’s P.A.    I’ve got Australia’s Prime Minister on the line for you.

Trump    Put him through. It is a man I hope. So many of them are going with women these days.

P.A.    Yes sir. It is a man.

Trump    OK. Hi there. How are you? How shitfull is it having that trollop Merkel as your next door neighbour!

Turnbull    Angela doesn’t have a home in Potts Point as far as I know.

Trump    Aren’t you Heinz Fischer, Austria’s President.

Turnbull    No Donald. I’m Malcolm Turnbull from Australia.

Trump     Australia. Shit. Sorry Malcolm. Not a bad ranch you Aussies have down there. Bit like us with the Heinz 57 different varieties. All that multi-cultural PC bullshit. I’d prefer 56 or 55 different varieties. I’ve been hoping you’d call.

Turnbull    Of course I’d call. What an exciting time to be the President of America. We’re here for you Donald. America can count on Australia’s full support. You start a war, we’ll be in right behind you, to help you win it.

Trump    God no! We don’t want to win them too soon. No money in it. We make the big bucks when they drag on and on. No, I couldn’t give a fuck if you’re in our next war. I’ve already got my team working on the next nation we can invade. I hope to announce it on Jan 20, Jan 21 at the latest.

I need your advice.

Turnbull    I’m flattered you’re interested in any of my opinions. How exciting. Can’t wait to tell Lucy.

Trump    I’ve fucked up. Even worse than you. I wasn’t meant to win. Fucken joke. I can’t believe how many dickheads voted for me.

I believe you’re worth a dollar or two. Well, I’m so fucking rich, money is coming out of every orifice of every member of my family.

I’ve got the best home in the world and soon I’ll be forced to live in that shitbox White House. I’ll fucking rename it The Outhouse. 

Turnbull    I don’t see how I can help you Donald. Maybe you could get Alec Baldwin to double for you? He could live in The White House and you could stay in your Tower.

Trump    Wouldn’t work. That lowlife is a Democrat. He’d never agree to it.

I want to know how you got out of having to live in the dog’s box you Aussie PM’s have to call home?

Some very bad, really, really bad people wrote our fucking constitution and it says the President has to live in The White House. I can’t get out of it. Err, don’t take what I just said about the constitution as gospel. Never read it. Why the fuck would I? Boring. Boring. Boring. Bunch of stiffs wrote it; well those motherfuckers can get fucked.

Turnbull     Donald. I just said I wasn’t going to live there, no matter what.

Trump    Love your balls Malcolm. You’re a good, really good person.

When I think of what I could do with that land. If only they’d let me knock it down. Great spot for a casino, or a par 3 golf course. Or maybe, an inner city beach resort.

Turnbull    Your winters are a bit grim in Washington for a beach resort.

Trump    Good point. Better go. My little Russian buddy has just called. By the way. If you ever need help filling in your tax return, just give me a call. See you buddy.

Turnbull    How exciting was that! Donald loves my balls and will help me with my tax return.

Lucy. Lucy. I’ve got some exciting news. Lucy. Where are you.  Lucy. I can never find you when I want to. We need to get a smaller house.

Lucy! Lucy!

Anti Hamlet – hilariously, insanely obscene, cool

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What a Ride! The New Working Group and Theatre Works present Anti Hamlet by Mark Wilson. What immediately stood out for me was how the stage was used, I loved the technique that allowed a full circumnavigation of a central stage for all the performers, and they were coitanaly putting it out there butt naked and wanking on stage, nyuck, nyuck! The 3 Stooges like slapstick, what a laugh, or was it a turkey slap to our modern-day wannabe rulers?

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I love Theatre works productions, opening night oysters, yum, but there is always meatier stuff to get one’s teeth into.

Must say I missed Yorick btw, but this resonance of historic document of those that would rule is blatantly portrayed in all the organ sucking reality of modern politics.

Transposing our current leadership dilemma against the age-old bard’s Danish court and its various turmoil, missed loves and recrimination, the play is an unnerving mockery of Australia today, and I must admit the rawness and literal stripping down of the Oz political geography and guides us as to how the depravity of how this appendage sucking bunch of the ruling elite marries in so well to the timeless story of the Prince of Denmark.

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Mark Wilson certainly has a bold and brazen approach to his writing and direction and his acting is just something else, not sure if my jaw has ever dropped quite like it did in some scenes.

A Freudian, Oedipusian  romp where Hamlet foils his life against the advice of the father of psychoanalysis analyst Sigmund Freud, an hilariously mooted performance by Brian Lipson, who floats in and out of the plot and indeed life during the length of this outrageous mélange.

Ophelia’s, Natascha Flowers, sad fawning to an obviously disinterested Hamlet who is happily about having it off with other blokes on set, almost every other cast member, even ‘porques’ his mum…it is a very ‘Strine’ accent for a bard’s tome! I suppose she represents a haunting regale to sensibility until she also goes nuts.

Marco Chiappi’s Claudius nailed the arrogance of particularly our current right wing political leaders and the character Edward Bernays also was scarily real in his, what I saw as an, expression of US demagoguery and commercial colonialism.

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Gertrude played by Natasha Herbert was such a hoot, representing a tired nation that is being screwed and buggered from all sides by internal discord and foreign interference. Gawd save the Queen! A powerful performance amongst a circus of ideas.

I felt for the noble Horatio, Marcus McKenzie, until it all got down and dirty – this is a very highly charged yet totally warped experience that the squeamish might avoid, but if you are brave enough you will certainly leave the theatre shaking your head at what just transpired and totally entertained by this of Hamlet’s slide into madness.

Bent as it is I like it a lot and had 5 oysters after the show

Duration: 120 minutes, includes interval
Warnings:
 Recommended for audience 16+ years. This show contains confronting themes, strong sexual content, nudity, frequent coarse language, smoke effects and cigarette smoking

Artistic Team
Writer/Director: Mark Wilson
Associate Artist: Olivia Monticciolo
Producer: Mark Pritchard
Cast: Marco Chiappi, Natascha Flowers, Natasha Herbert, Brian Lipson, Marcus McKenzie, Charles Purcell and Mark Wilson
Set and Costume Design: Romanie Harper
Lighting Design: Amelia Lever-Davidson 
Sound Design: Tom Backhaus

Visit New Working Group website

Comedy returns to St Kilda

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New St Kilda Comedy Club 

St Kilda Comedy Club proudly presents the first of many Stand-up shows featuring Iconic Australian Comedy Superstars Richard Stubbs, Bev Killick, Ryan Coffey, Andy Goodone, MC – CJ Fortuna and our very own Letterman’ style House Band!

Bar open and food available on the night so come and have a laugh with us.

A new regular Comedy Variety Event in St Kilda at the famous St Kilda Sports Club (the bowlo) with an amazingly cool and just as famous line up.
 
 

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Biography – Richard Stubbs                                                                                 

Richard Stubbs is well known as one of Australia’s finest stand-up comedians. His cutting wit and clever delivery makes for rapid-fire entertainment, and his winning style makes him the most potent force in Australia’s live radio & television market,

The unrivalled success of the Richard Stubbs Breakfast Show on Triple M radio network and TTfm was confirmed by Richard Stubbs’ constant No. 1 ratings during his career in commercial radio.

Educated at Wesley College (School Captain) and Monash University, (Bachelor of Economics) and four years of ‘nose to the grindstone’ for CRA Ltd, Richard Stubbs seemed destined for a successful career in finance…wrong!

After a try out routine at Melbourne’s Last Laugh in 1983, Richard Stubbs’ style of anecdotal comedy, based on real life experience proved an immediate winner. His ability to hold an audience enthralled with his sharp delivery and rapid-fire ad-libs earned him a reputation as the hottest arrival on the comedy scene. Since then, Richard has performed in every comedy room imaginable including those in Montreal, Los Angeles, London, New York and Australia. He has completed sell-out seasons at Melbourne International Comedy Festivals.

Richard Stubbs’ strong sense of understanding the business world has enhanced his ability to perform at a corporate level second to none. A combination of Richard’s brilliant comedic skills blended with his intelligence and knowledge in various fields included economics, law, finance and his awareness in the realms of office procedure and etiquette allows him to contribute as MC, guest speaker or comedian at a function in a completely appropriate manner.

His TV Credits included that of writer, interviewer, co-host, host, actor and comedian! The list of TV credits reads some-what like a TV Guide: Out There, While You’re Down There, The Big Gig, Elton John’s Store, Prime Time, Madonna Special, The Flying Doctors, The Midday Show, The Great TV Game Show, Hey Hey It’s Saturday, The Australian Music Awards, Tonight Live as a regular Host on Friday nights for the run of the show and great success as compere of the RIA Awards, to name but a few.

Richard Stubbs has also been utilised by many companies for their television and radio voice over campaigns including Holeproof, Malt 75 Beer, Metro Bricks, Vicks Vapodrops, Radio Rentals, Autobarn, and many more…

Richard Stubbs’ highly polished live performances were refined even further by the experience he gathered whilst hosting 120 ‘Tonight Live’ shows every Friday evening aired on Channel 7 nationally. This rare expertise has also provided Richard with quick thinking and problem solving techniques. He has the ability to pull an event back into line successfully where most hosts fail.

In 2015 Richard resigned after eleven hugely successful years presenting afternoons on 774 ABC Melbourne.   

2016 sees him busier than ever as he returns to stand-up comedy, corporate speaking and a one hour spot on 3AW 2-3pm Saturdays.

You’ll be able to see Richard in full flight in the 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.


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