Melbourne International Comedy Festival: Comedy Safari

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival can be daunting. 550 shows, tons of talent, one month long, where do you start? We all, or maybe it’s just me, have a deep seated fear of being stuck in a cringe-worthy comedy show. So, what better way to take in some of the Comedy Festival than with a comedy safari of sorts hosted by those in the know!

Abandoman was our first stop for the night. Held in the glorious Spiegeltent in front of the Arts Centre, the witty duo from Ireland take audiences through a hip-hop flavoured improv night. I loved how much fun the performers were having on stage. Their energy was intense and each night must be completely different different. Similar to other improv nights, their skits are audience-led and you should expect to participate.

Our next stop was the Westin Hotel to indulge in a cocktail or three. What’s a night of comedy without a touch of liquor? If you make in one day, I highly recommend the Red Ruby Wax & Relax: cachaca, strawberry liquer, fresh strawberries, lime served in a low tumbler – delicious!

Alice Fraser’s performance in the Chinese Museum (note: need to revisit this venue) was our other comedic highlight of the evening. How funny could an ex-corporate lawyer be, was my initial thought when I saw this option. Very funny it turns out! Alice takes you through the ups and downs of her life and some very entertaining moments with her father.

After our stint at the Chinese Museum we were whisked away to Hairy Little Sista which this year has turned out to be the place for an after night drink. It is packed with comedians fresh from their performances and a great spot to nab some further tips on what to see!

– Rukmal
Co-founder of The Plus Ones, Rukmal lives and breathes events.

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Disclosure: The Plus Ones were invited guests of TS Publicity.
Image credit: Melbourne International Comedy Festival.