Melbourne Comedy Festival

The Melbourne Comedy Festival runs from 23rd March till 17th April. It was launched in 1987 by Barry Humphries, Peter Cook and John Pinder, and so is now celebrating its 30th year. Comedians come from Britain, Canada, America, New Zealand and, of course, from all over Australia.

It’s big; in fact, it’s the third biggest in the world after Edinburgh and Montreal.

Melbourne Town Hall
Melbourne Town Hall

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Athenaeum Theatre
Athenaeum Theatre

 

The Famous Spiegeltent-cabaret venue
The Famous Spiegeltent-cabaret venue
Forum Theatre
Forum Theatre

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Before heading to my show at the Town Hall, I strolled from Flinders Street Station along Princes Bridge towards the food hall at Southbank for a bowl of fried rice and a coffee, my version of dining out.

Flinders Street Station
Flinders Street Station
Princes Bridge Traffic
Princes Bridge Traffic

Beautiful music was wafting up the steps leading down to the river and I just had to check it out.  At the bottom of the steps, a man played jazz on a clarinet. In front of him, a little girl in a black dress and white lace top, a flower in her hair, was dancing. Her mother sat on the wall beside the river, well away from her, applauding after each song.

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Suddenly, the girl dashed across to her mother and came back with a frilly handbag, complete with a flower on the side matching the one in her hair. After a quick consultation with the musician, she dropped the bag on the ground in front of her, and continued with her dancing while the music played. I watched for a while, as tourists and passers-by dropped coins into this little entrepreneur’s bag.

Big Finish
Big Finish
Yarra River at Dusk
Dusk on the Yarra River along Southbank

By the time I returned it was dark. The busker was still playing but the little girl and her mother were gone.

City Skyline from Southbank
City Skyline from Southbank

Favourite Comedians

Jeff Green
Jeff Green-Melbourne via Chester UK
Hannah Gadsby -Melbourne via Tasmania
Hannah Gadsby -Melbourne via Tasmania
Urzila Carlson
Urzila Carlson-New Zealand via South Africa

 

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Judith Lucy-Melbourne via Perth WA

 

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9 thoughts on “Melbourne Comedy Festival

  1. Thanks Penny. I only went in once this year. Disappointing. I’ll make up for it next year. Apparently I remind people of Judith Lucy. Total strangers tell me that, even when they haven’t been drinking. I can’t see it.

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  2. Thanks, Glenice. I only got in once this year, and that was to see Jeff Green. I wish it had gone another week. I was actually was going to add some more photos to the post but I accidentally knocked the ‘publish’ button instead of the ‘preview’ so that was that. Have to be more careful from now on.

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