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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.

Melbourne Museum Lunchtime Comedy – 17/04/10

Melbourne Museum Lunchtime Comedy
When
Saturday, April 17, 2010
12:00pm - MC Ben McKenzie, Yianni Agisilaou, David Smiedt and Hannah Gadsby, plus another guest announced soon! - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
11 Nicholson Street
Carlton
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3053
Other Info
Join MC Ben McKenzie and some of your favourite local and international comedians as they discuss their favourite bits of scientific and historical knowledge. It's a variety show where you might learn something amid the laughs!

On our last outing on April 17th, join ex-pat Australian Yianni Agisilaou (96 and one half things that @#$% Me Off), author, comedy historian and comedian David Smiedt (Introducing David Smiedt) and NGV tour conductor and one of Tasmania’s finest exports, Hannah Gadbsy (The Cliff Young Shuffle), plus another guest to be announced shortly!

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Last week of Museum Comedy @ MICF 2010!

It’s the final week of Museum Comedy in Melbourne for the 2010 Comedy Festival, and we’re going out with a big bang! As the last week of the Melbourne Museum Comedy Tour heads towards being a sell out – see our calendar for booking details – we’re bringing you a cracking line-up for the last of our Lunchtime Comedy gigs:

As usual, you can get your tickets via comedyfestival.com.au, Ticketmaster 1300 660 013 or at the door on the day. This should be our biggest one yet; we’ll see you there!

Melbourne Museum Lunchtime Comedy – 10/04/10

Melbourne Museum Lunchtime Comedy
When
Saturday, April 10, 2010
12:00pm - MC Ben McKenzie, Dave Bloustien, Sarah Bennetto, Stella Young and Rod Quantock! - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
11 Nicholson Street
Carlton
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3053
Other Info
Join MC Ben McKenzie and some of your favourite local and international comedians as they discuss their favourite bits of scientific and historical knowledge. It's a variety show where you might learn something amid the laughs!

For the April 10th show, join Dave Bloustien (Puppy Fight Social Club), tale-teller Sarah Bennetto (Storyteller's Club, The King & I); two-time Raw Comedy state finalist and frequent Political Asylum guest Stella Young; 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).

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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.

Melbourne Museum Lunchtime Comedy – 03/04/10

Melbourne Museum Lunchtime Comedy
When
Saturday, April 3, 2010
12:00pm - MC Ben McKenzie, Andrew McClelland, and more guests announced soon! - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
11 Nicholson Street
Carlton
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3053
Other Info
Join MC Ben McKenzie (+1 Sword, Dungeon Crawl), Janet McLeod and some of your favourite local and international comedians as they discuss their favourite bits of scientific and historical knowledge. It's a variety show where you might learn something amid the laughs!

For the April 3rd show, join 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 philosopher, improviser and Good News Week writer Dave Bloustien (Puppy Fight Social Club)!.

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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.

Lunchtime Comedy line-up for April 3, 2010

We’re pleased to announce the final line-up for our first Lunchtime Comedy show, coming up on Saturday April 3rd! Yours truly – and it’s Ben McKenzie here, in case you weren’t sure – will be your MC, while Janet McLeod will be  and introduce our three guests who’ll be delivering the mix of fact and funny for which Museum Comedy is known!

  • Penny Tangey is a Raw Comedy state finalist and recipient of the Moosehead Award for her 2006 show, Kathy Smith Goes to Maths Camp. Last year Penny published her first novel, Loving Richard Feynman. Penny’s subject is everyone’s favourite dead horse, Phar Lap.
  • Andrew McClelland is best known for his Fairly Accurate History of Pirates and collaborations with Lawrence Leung, the latest of which – Time Ninjas - won the Jury Award at the 2009 Sydney Comedy Festival. This year Andrew performs his Somewhat Accurate History of the Fall of the Roman Empire, and his lecture will be on the same subject.
  • Dave Callan has a pretty safe claim on the title of Australia’s hairiest comedian. He’s worked on Rove and is best known for his work on Triple J where he presents the late-night Graveyard Shift show. He’ll most likely be speaking about Vikings and Computers, possibly at the same time…
  • Update, March 30! We’ve added philosopher, improviser and Good News Week writer Dave Bloustien (Puppy Fight Social Club), fresh from the debut of his new show, Dave Bloustien’s Complete History of Western Philosophy, at the Adelaide Fringe Festival. He’ll be talking about philosophy!
Come and join us for our first set of comedy lectures next weekend, on April 3rd! Tickets are still available via the Comedy Festival web site, from Ticketmaster on 1300 660 013, and you can also buy them at the door.
See you at lunchtime!

The good news and the Good Friday news

Sometimes things don’t work out quite how you plan them, and in this case, we were planning to run the Melbourne Museum Comedy Tour on Good Friday (April 2nd). Unfortunately this has proved logistically infeasible as, though the museum opens on other public holidays, they are closed for Good Friday so we’ve had to cancel that performance. But never fear! There are still eight other nights on which you can sample the after-hours delights of the Science and Life galleries! Check our events calendar for more details.

It’s not all bad news, though: line-ups for the Lunchtime Comedy programme are very nearly finished! While we’re still finalising the details and a few names are still only written in pencil, we can reveal a few of our confirmed guests:

  • On April 3, musical historian, piratologist and Roman scholar Andrew McClelland!
  • For April 10, national treasure, raconteur and “eat people not the planet” advocate Rod Quantock!
  • And on April 17, NGV tour conductor and one of Tasmania’s finest exports, Hannah Gadbsy!

Hopefully we’ll have the complete line-ups finalised for you in the next week or so, so check back here soon. Tickets should be on sale by the end of the week, too, so make sure you don’t miss out!

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