The Melbourne International Comedy Festival guide is officially launched, our tickets are on sale, our web site is up and running… You’d think we could sit back and relax until March 28, wouldn’t you? But you’d be wrong! Your friendly neighbourhood Peers are popping up all over the place, all – or at least mostly – in the name of science!
Simon Pampena is heading to Adelaide for the world’s second largest Fringe festival, to perform not one, but two shows! You can find him in the Garden of Unearthly Delights performing his hit show for kids of all ages, The Maths Olympics, on weekends at 2 PM from February 18 to March 4. If you want to learn how to become a celebrity, you should also find him at the Royal Institustion of Australia’s Science Exchange, performing three nights only of his newest show, The Fame Algorithm, from March 1 to 3 at 7:30. Follow the links for season details and tickets sales!
Meanwhile, back in Melbourne, Nicholas J Johnson will be making the jokes smarter at Comedy at Spleen at Spleen Bar on Bourke Street, 8:30 this Monday, February 20. There’s always a big line-up of comedians, and entry is free. You can also find Nicholas hosting The Variety Collective on Wednesday February 29 and March 7 at The Brunswick Green on Sydney Road, Brunswick. The Variety Collective is a weekly (yes, weekly!) variety night, co-founded by Nicholas, which features all kinds of great entertainment, from jugglers and magicians to comedians, cabaret singers and sideshow stunt artists – and entry is only $10!
If you’re after something nerdier, Ben McKenzie has you covered with his monthly show Dungeon Crawl, an improvised adventure comedy based on Dungeons & Dragons and other role-playing games. It’s at the Bella Union at Trades Hall at 8:30 on Wednesday March 7 at 8:30, and tickets are $15. After Dungeon Crawl at 10 PM is a free trial of Pop Up Playground, in which the audience join forces with guest comedians to find the traitorous killer werewolves in their ranks. Ben is also appearing at Cherchez la Femme’s Celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8 at the Grace Darling Hotel, and hosting political stand-up room Political Asylum on Sunday, March 11 at the Brunswick Green.
So it’s a big couple of months for the Peers – but don’t worry, they’re just keeping fighting fit for the Peer Revue main event at Comedy Festival!