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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!

Tour selling out; Lunchtime going off!

True to form, the Melbourne Museum Comedy Tour is starting to sell out, with this Thursday night already full. If you’re planning to see the delights of Melbourne Museum after hours with DeAnne Smith, Alexis Dubus, Andy Muirhead (on Thursdays and Fridays) and Kent Valentine (only on Saturdays), we recommend you book! Check out comedyfestival.com.au, or call Ticketmaster on 1300 660 013.

Meanwhile, our first ever Melbourne Museum Lunchtime Comedy session was a big hit! Audience members’ brains were regaled with Roman history by Andrew McClelland, filled with Phar Lap (in Indonesian!) by Penny Tangey and philosophy by Dave Bloustien, and then tickled with tales of Vikings, computers and bizarre behaviour by Dave Callan.

This weekend we’re doing it all again, and it’s a stellar – sorry, Stella – line-up!

  • Dave Bloustien (Puppy Fight Social Club) gives us a second helping, this time on ancient Greek history;
  • tale-teller Sarah Bennetto (Storyteller’s Club, The King & I) is unscrambling the history of the world’s favourite word game, Scrabble;
  • two-time Raw Comedy state finalist and frequent Political Asylum guest Stella Young will be educating us on the secret life of animals, including the sex life of ducks; and
  • cannibalism advocate, comedy historian and living national treasure Rod Quantock (The People We Should Eat First (And How To Cook Them), In The Beginning: A Walking Tour of the Birth of Melbourne Comedy) takes a break from preparation for the coming apocalypse and instead claims he’ll be talking about “Pre-Columbian art between 11.45AM and 8.15pm BC”.

Come and join us at noon on Saturday April 10th! Tickets $18/$12/$14 groups (six or more) from the usual places: comedyfestival.com.au, Ticketmaster on 1300 660 013 or at the door on the day.

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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