Geraldine Quinn @ MICF 2018 – by Julian Callinan

GERALDINE QUINN – Queen Bitch As part of her introduction, Geraldine Quinn is described as underrated, and I definitely think that’s true. Her stand-up is interspersed with some delightful songs as she performs, her glamour and charisma shining through even as she describes soggy carpet and severe injuries. With a back-up of two and a […]

Kelly Fastuca @ MICF 2018 – by Julian Callinan

KELLY FASTUCA – Smokin’ Kelly Fastuca has given up smoking, but her show isn’t about receiving plaudits or being smug. Instead, it’s a rambunctious trip through vices and the means with which to cope with them, wrapped in an absorbingly confessional style. There’s a lot to like about her embrace of personal revelations mined for […]

Charlie Pickering @ MICF 2018 – by Lucy Watson

CHARLIE PICKERING – 59 Consecutive Minutes Arriving at Charlie’s show and joining the long line winding around the corner, it was clear he had come a long way since the early days when he was a young stand-up in the obligatory jeans and hoody, hustling, flyering and making a name for himself. I remember seeing […]

Tom Walker @ MICF 2018 – by Julian Callinan

TOM WALKER – Honk Honk Honk Honk Honk Unfortunately this show had a few technical difficulties on the night, but Tom Walker barrelled through them with his manic energy, convincingly working it into the show. The nature of the show and his delivery makes such difficulties fit in nicely, even, as his ramshackle charm and […]

Claire Hooper @ MICF 2018 – by Julian Callinan

CLAIRE HOOPER – All the Rage Claire Hooper’s deceptively casual style conceals that her show this year is like one of those paper fortune tellers, as she keeps unfolding and rearranging her material, showing different perspectives and resolutions. She expertly takes the audience through a show about her inappropriate anger and makes it hilarious, grounding […]

DeAnne Smith @ MICF 2018 – by Julian Callinan

DEANNE SMITH – Worth It First of all, DeAnne Smith would like it to be known that, despite what the blurb might say, the show ‘Worth It’ isn’t about money, or financial systems, or the economy. Secondly, that the show isn’t ‘weird’ but did ‘make the audience so overjoyed they demanded an encore’. Really, the […]

Guy Montgomery @ MICF 2018 – by Julian Callinan

GUY MONTGOMERY –¬†Guy Montgomery Doesn’t Check His Phone for an Hour Starting with some strong observational humour that worked well with his intro music, the affable Montgomery slips into a narrative so subtly you don’t realise it’s happening until halfway through. With a strong grasp of the room and a frequently charming turn of phrase, […]

Joel Creasey @ MICF 2018 – by Julian Callinan

JOEL CREASEY – Blonde Bombshell Joel Creasey’s show was so well put-together that even the outro music enhanced the jokes. Speaking rapidly and dropping frequent references as asides, Creasey performed his show to a crossover audience with aplomb and a few deserved pauses for applause. It’s a style that would be trying if he didn’t […]

T2 and Choosing Nostalgia – by Lucy Watson

As I walked out of Westgarth cinema two weekends ago, having just seen T2 Trainspotting for the first time, I felt that great rush; when you see something that gets under your skin, and makes you feel that odd, longing sensation somewhere between your heart and your stomach. The one that only certain cinema gives […]

MICF 2015: Reviews #15 – by Julian Callinan

Tripod: This Gaming Life, with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra I’ve seen a lot of good shows this year, but this is the first one I would describe as majestic. Of course, that’s pretty much because they have a symphony orchestra backing them up, but it means that Tripod’s songs feel that much more grand even […]