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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.
The Herald-Sun, that is! Yes, you can find head tour guide Ben McKenzie in an article about comedy tours in this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival, alongside Rod Quantock (The History of the Melbourne Comedy Festival: A Walking Tour), Hannah Gadsby (Hannah Gadsby Celebrates NGV’s 150th) and Jo O’Callaghan (Op Shop Tour of Melbourne: Put the Op Back in Shop). In fact, we were in the Herald-Sun twice – there’s a teaser article and the main one.
It really is a bumper crop of comedy tours this year; I’m going to try and make it to all the other ones, and I’d encourage you to to the same!
You’ll also notice we’ve announced our line-up for the 2011 tour: this year, Ben McKenzie is joined by television star and character comedy queen Kate McLennan (Best Newcomer MICF 2007 and Best Comedy Melbourne Fringe 2006 for The Debutante Diaries), No Limits host and now Ramp Up editor Stella Young (two-time Victorian state Raw Comedy finalist), Australia’s Three Michelin Star comedian Danny McGinlay (Food Dude: Recipes for Disaster, The 7pm Project) and improviser extraordinary and veteran of the Mythic Creatures Comedy Tour, Amanda Buckley (Impro Australia, Beaconsfield the Musical).
We’ll be adding profiles of our new tour guides shortly, as well as noting their appearance dates in the gig guide here on the site. But for now, if you want tickets for the tour, get booking – they’re starting to really move!
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!
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.