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The tour begins!

Yes – it’s finally here – the 2012 Melbourne Museum Comedy Tour starts tonight! And we couldn’t be more excited. After months of rehearsals and workshops, last night our intrepid tour guides Narcissa (Petra Elliott), Dave (Dave Lamb), Vic (Nadia Collins) and host Ben McKenzie roamed through the dark and empty space of the museum after hours to put the final polish on their presentations for the public.

Will it be a smooth ride? Will there be personality clashes and mayhem? There’s only one way to find out – see you on this year’s Melbourne Museum Comedy Tour!

Photos allowed

Last week, the Melbourne Museum Comedy Tour cast for 2012 went into the museum early in the morning to take some publicity photos with our regular photographer, Robert Young. You can see how our photos turned out on the new Images page; Robert as usual has done an amazing job. Check out some of Robert’s other photos, plus his commentary on these and some of his Dungeon Crawl photos, at his web site, R W Young Images.

But hey, you can see the publicity photos everywhere – that’s what they’re for! So, as a bonus for visiting our site, here are some exclusive behind the scenes photographs from our photo shoot and our explorations of Melbourne Museum:

Coming back for 2012!

Museum Comedy is back for 2012 – like you’ve never seen it before!

We’ve been putting laughter into museums for five years, and to celebrate we’ve scoured the world for the most eccentric, charming, awkward and creepy experts we could find.

Join science comedian Ben McKenzie (Dungeon Crawl, Political Asylum, “one of Melbourne’s kings of geek comedy” – Chortle AU), Shakespearean actor Dave Lamb (Bell Shakespeare, The Bazura Project) and singer, actress and puppeteer Petra Elliott (Inside Out – La Mama) as they bring to life a collection of tour guides you won’t meet anywhere else.

Book early. This collection won’t last.

Tickets now on sale via the Book Tickets link above!

Thank you!

The Comedy Festival is over for another year, and so is the Melbourne Museum Comedy Tour.

A big thank you to our wonderful tour guides this year: Kate McLennan (aka Sammy Simpkins), Stella Young, Amanda Buckley and Danny McGinlay! Plus a big thank you to Bernard Caleo and all at Melbourne Museum who help make this event possible every year, especially all the volunteers who assist in the running of the tour every night. And of course, a big thank you to you, the Museum Comedy audience, who came out in droves to make the tour a knockout success for the fourth year in a row! We do it all for you, after all, and we promise we’ll be back – hopefully sooner than you think!

Meanwhile, there’s plenty of comedy going on throughout the year, so get out and have a laugh every now and then. Check out the web sites of our Tour Guides to see when and where they’ll be making people laugh in future, and if you want to see more of lead tour guide Ben McKenzie, his monthly nerdy impro comedy show Dungeon Crawl continues from May 4th – see Shaolin Punk for details.


If you’d like to hear more about Museum Comedy from the horse’s mouth, as it were, then check out this YouTube interview. In between David Heffron (It’ll All End In Spears) and Geraldine Quinn (You’re the Voice: Songs for the Ordinary by an Anthemaniac), Sam Streeter from Word of Mouth Reviews talks with Museum Comedy head tour guide Ben McKenzie about his other show, Dungeon Crawl, and the Melbourne Museum Comedy Tour.

Museums are still funny…

…even if we haven’t shown you around one for a while.

Remember you can follow our Twitter stream where we will occasionally be giving you a live commentary on museum exhibits; in the last few months we’ve been to Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition, Melbourne Museum’s new Victoria Evolves gallery, the Tim Burton exhibition at ACMI and the European Masters exhibition at NGV.

And, while we’re gearing up for new projects for the new year, here’s a (very brief) snippet of our last live tour from May, when we were at the Australian National Maritime Museum talking about mythic creatures – and, in this clip, the sailors who encountered them…

MICF wrap-up and Mythic Creatures Comedy Tour

Well, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival has come to an end for another year; congratulations to Museum Comedy guest performer Hannah Gadsby on winning the Festival Director’s Award!

But just because we’re done in Melbourne for another festival, don’t think we’re resting on our laurels – in just a little over two weeks, we begin the Mythic Creatures Comedy Tour!

Creatures out of legend from air, land and sea have invaded the Australian National Maritime Museum – and now’s your chance to experience them in a whole new way! Join the Man in the Lab Coat and Museum Comedy founder Ben McKenzie (+1 Sword, Planet Nerd), 2009 Moosehead Award recipient and Good News Week writer Dave Bloustien (A Complete History of Western Philosophy) and Impro Australia and Beaconsfield: The Musical star Amanda Buckley (The Ultimate Board Game: Unscripted) for an after-hours trip through one of the twelve coolest museums in the world and be introduced to a mix of creatures and maritime treasures!

The Mythic Creatures Comedy Tour is presented by the Australian National Maritime Museum and runs for three shows only from May 6 to 8. Numbers are limited, so be sure to book by calling the Maritime Museum on 02 9298 3655. Tickets are $20 for Museum members, and $25 for non-members.

You can find out more about this visiting exhibit at the Maritime Museum web site.

Tour still selling out!

Just a quick update today – the Melbourne Museum Comedy Tour is now sold out for both tonight and tomorrow night! There are still some tickets left for this Saturday and all three shows next week, but if you’re thinking of coming down, don’t wait – book now!

If you miss out on the tour this week, all is not lost – we still have tickets left for Saturday’s Lunchtime Comedy show at noon, where Sarah Bennetto (The King & I), Dave Bloustien (Puppy Fight Social Club), Stella Young (two-time Raw Comedy state finalist) and Rod Quantock (The People We Should Eat First (And How to Cook Them)) will all be regaling us with factual comedy you won’t see anywhere else – not even in their own shows! It’s a smorgasbord of intelligent, nerdy humour, all under the direction of science comedy veteran Ben McKenzie. So come on down!

Museum Comedy begins in Melbourne this week!

We’re a week in to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and both the Melbourne Museum Comedy Tour and Melbourne Museum Lunchtime Comedy kick off this week!

The Comedy Tour is now in its third year, and we’re very happy to have the outstanding talents of DeAnne Smith (Ballsy), Alexis Dubus (Marcel Lucont – Sexual Metro) Andy Muirhead (ABC’s Collectors, A Night at the Library; Thursdays and Fridays only) and Kent Valentine (Fablemonger; Saturdays only) showing off the Melbourne Museum after hours! Tickets are selling fast, so book to make sure you don’t miss out – we sold out last year! Tickets are $18 full, $12 concession and $14 for groups of six or more from comedyfestival.com.au, Ticketmaster 1300 660 013, or at the door, if there are any left.

Plus, this Saturday, we’re launching our new show – Lunchtime Comedy! Fill your Saturday lunchtime as top local and international thinking comedians bring you comedy lectures on their favourite history and science topics. Our first show on April 3rd – this Saturday! – is jam-packed, with Moosehead Award winner and author Penny Tangey, piratologist and Roman scholar Andrew McClelland (Andrew McClelland’s Somewhat Accurate History of the Fall of the Roman Empire), Triple J late-night host Dave Callan and, just added to the list, philosopher, improviser and Good News Week writer Dave Bloustien (Puppy Fight Social Club)! All MC’d by the Man in the Lab Coat himself, Ben McKenzie (+1 Sword, Dungeon Crawl) assisted by comedy trivia queen, Janet McLeod. Tickets are $18 full, $12 concession and $14 for groups of six or more from comedyfestival.com.au, Ticketmaster 1300 660 013, or at the door.

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