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Comedy Festival Recommendations

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Comedy Festival Recommendations

Matt Stewart

This year more than any other, we’ve had so many super talented comedians plying their craft at our Stupid Old Studios in Brunswick! We’ve got comedians renting desk space to write, the podcasting studio to record audio and the studio to rehearse. Having seen so many of this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival shows come to life, we are in a very privileged position, and rather than keeping this insider information to ourselves we’ve created a new thing (we’re going to call it a listicle) in which to deliver these hot tips to you. Here they are:

Ben Russell & Xavier Michelides Nö Shöw

Holy fuck, this show is going to be funny… we’ve already given them the Barry Award (not our award to give admittedly - Dr. Brown left his with us for safekeeping a couple of years ago). Late night experimental sketch… this is gonna be one of the most talked about shows of the fest.

Andy Matthews and Matt Stewart Logistical Nightmare

A couple of mad dogs from the Stupid Old Studios team are teaming up to put on a stand up show with a bit of bloody sketch and a sprinkling of god damned improv. Andy is one of the best comedy writers going around, having written for TV shows such as Micallef’s Mad as Hell and the Chaser’s Media Circus and Matt won the MICF’s Raw Comedy competition a couple of years ago, so they’ve got some skills. This show is going to be loose and fun.

Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall Oh Hey Guys

ATB is also an OG of Stupid Old Studios. He doesn’t muck around with story arcs in his shows, it’s just astute observations and absurdist pieces - banger after banger. The man is a bloody genius- no wonder his skills are in high demand in TV land, having written for Micallef's Mad as Hell, The Project and Dirty Laundry Live. To quote the Herald Sun “Seth Rogen meets Woody Allen. ★★★★”.

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Ben Lomas Open For Inspection

Lomas’ joyous stage presence is infectious, he’s got to be one of the most likeable guys in Melbourne comedy. This show is based around Ben’s journey towards the great Australian dream of owning his own home - as with all good comedy, failure is involved… but his comedy is an all out success.

Andy Matthews Plenty

Andy has too much comedy in him for just the one show. Plenty is a story about life, death and robots. It’s beautifully written and masterfully told. With a live soundtrack by Mitchell Berk, I think we might go grab the Barry off Ben and Xavier and pass it on to Andy.

Nick Capper Parallax Capper

Capper has been in and around the Stupid Old Studios for a few years now- he’s our go to guy when we need to cast a handsome rogue with comedic flair. Growing up on a farm before travelling the world in his 20s, he’s got killer stories on almost any topic. Don’t let his laid back nature fool you, he is a comedy beast.

Sami Shah I, Migrant & Other Stories

Sami is a gentleman… but also a relentless comedy firestorm. He’s smart, funny and he goes after everything. An award winning comedian who has appeared on QI and Australian Story. It’s a great honour to have him around the Stupid Old Studios, you should get around him at the MICF.

The Comedy Zone

Jess Perkins is on her way to the top. This year she features on a line up of Australia’s hottest up and comers, hand picked by the Comedy Festival. Previous lineups have featured other mates like Celia Pacquola, Sammy J and Claire Hooper. You’re basically guaranteed to see some future superstars of Australian comedy at this show. Specifically Jess. We personally guarantee that she is going to be a comedy superstar.

Dave Warneke Facty Fact vs. The Audience

Dave’s Facty Fact shows have a reputation of being the funniest, most interesting and entertaining panel game shows on the Australian comedy festival circuit. This year the audience is a part of the action, playing against three different guest comedians each night. The guests are always awesome, the show is always awesome… And that’s a facty fact.

Aunty Donna New Show

I hope the boys don’t mind us describing them as madcap, cause that’s what they are. They’re bloody madcap sketch comedy rockstars. Hearing this show being worked on through the thin office walls of the Stupid Old Studios has been a sheer delight. Their best so far has been brilliant and this is going to top the lot.

Sammy J & Randy Land

Already scoring a five star review in Adelaide and smashing their Oxfam Gala spot, this show is a sure fire hit. We were very lucky to see it come together over many weeks of rehearsals and if they hadn’t already won their own Barry award in 2010, we’d probably give them another one.

We’d also like to commend to you the stand uppery of Toby HalliganLawrence Mooney and Adam Rozenbachs, and the sketchabilities of Chimp Cop - all of whom held run through shows at SOS and brought some serious noise.

We look forward to seeing you out there amongst it all!

Much love, Stupid Old Studios.