Musical Comedy – What to see in Melbourne

Going to slightly pre-empt this week’s What’s On post by talking about all the musical comedy shows on as a part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. To see anything else that’s on this week, you can totally read the regularly updated events calendar that I share with the Plus Ones.

Instead I wanted to write about a few musical comedy acts I’ve been to, and have been recommended to me. Musical comedy just feels so much tougher than traditional standup, since a lyrical stumble is so much more difficult to cover up than a conversation up on stage. Here’s 4 shows I’ve seen so far, and a few that got recommended to me via my happy place, twitter.

The first two are copied from this post

The Pineapple – Genevieve Fricker

After seeing her show I tweeted that her show was weird and depressing (in a good way) and she replied that that was one of the best compliments she’s ever received. She manages to turn what she calls being a functional depressive into a dark, yet musical comedy show. As someone who regularly suffers anxiety attacks I can only applaud her use of otherwise pointless emotional baggage and turning it into something positive. Tickets and sessions available here.

Noise Adventure – Kate Dehnert

I almost suffered emotional whiplash going from The Pineapple to Noise Adventure’s frantic musical stylings. With electro-pop songs pulsing about otherwise every-day experiences, it’s a pretty amazing show. I finally caught the whole show this Friday instead of individual song and it was everything I hoped it would be. Thank god she slows down in the middle with some slightly more standard stand-up though otherwise she may well have melted. You can check out my chat with Kate before the festival here, and you can get tickets to her show here

Andrew Finegan sings Songs from the end of the world

A cabaret show with a variety of styles covering armageddon in all of its shapes and forms. This includes a rap about Noah and, the keys to my heart, a song about the dinsaur’s exctinction. He stumbled a few times on the lyrics, but each one had a quick recovery and was swept along. It also helps that every audience member at the show got a free zine on comedy etiquette. Remember, sitting in the front row is the best way to go. Tickets and times available here.

Ben McKenzie is Uncool

Ben McKenzie is the coolest uncool person I have the pleasure of following on twitter. His act is technically not a musical one, however he sang twice and one of them was about dinosaurs so I’m letting it slide. If you’ve ever been ashamed because of an aspect of pop culture you love, stayed up late marathonning of Firefly because you had a bad day at work, or would do anything Kevin Conroy tells you to do if he says it in “that” voice, you’ll love Ben’s show. Tickets available here.

Twitter Recommendations

After seeing these shows I put out the call on twitter for other musical comedy acts and got inundated. I’m hoping to see these during the festival but just in case, here they are for you all:

Gillian Cosgriff This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Geraldine Quinn MDMA: Modern Day Maiden Aunt

Rama Nicholas After Ever After

Al & Anna’s Music Rant

Alice Fraser Everyone’s A Winner

Wolf Creek The Musical

EastEnd Cabaret Dirty Talk

Impromptunes The Completely Improvised Musical

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