We know, we know. Melbourne weather is erratic and horrible. In the morning it’s sunny and wonderful and you’ve had the best intentions to head on into the CBD and see yourself a stack of comedy. Then suddenly it’s storming and that whole ‘stay at home watching Netflix’ plan B seems so much better.
It’s got to this point, there’s one week to go and you still haven’t seen any shows. It’s time to get serious about your comedy. You’ve got a limited time so lets not waste it. Here’s your list of the shows to see that all the comedians themselves are talking about:
Sometimes when comedians win the RAW national competition you see them do a couple of ‘pretty okay’ shows for a couple of years and then fade off into obscurity as they’re adsorbed by the commitments of real life and full time work, never to perform stand up again. This is not at all the case for Demi Lardner. Since winning RAW in 2013 she has been an absolute powerhouse, creating fantastic show after fantastic show.
She’s managed to forge her own unique style which is an absolute pleasure to watch because it’s unlike anything you’ve seen before and downright hilarious. Just check out her Gala spot! Just look at it:
If you don’t want to see the full show after witnessing that, we don’t know how to help you.
If you hadn’t picked up on this fact from the 100 articles we’ve had her write for us, Alice Fraser is a brilliant comedian that won’t just make you laugh, but also think about the reasons why you’re laughing. Every show she’s done in the last few years has been an absolute piece of art and she’s been turning all kind of heads in the comedy word, even securing a special on ABC for last year’s show ‘The Resistance’ which may well have been one of the finest and moving comedy shows ever put together.
Her latest show ‘Empire’ is more traditional stand up than the previous ones she’s done, but it’s no less brilliant. Alice is well worth the price of admission and definitely a show to see before the festival is up:
Sometimes it kind of seems like Aaron Chen came out of nowhere. We mean, yeah, he went and won ‘Class Clowns’ in 2012 and was runner up in the RAW national final in 2013, which is no small feat, yet it still seems like one second nobody really knew much about this fresh comedian and now he’s all anyone is talking about.
Aaron Chen is a master of anti-comedy (which, at it’s simplest, is making comedy so bad it’s brilliant), every awkward pause, every agonizing attempt you see from him to try and wrest back control of his show has been fantastically crafted and the results are one of the most hilarious things you’ll see this year in Melbourne.
Becky Lucas’ comedy is pretty much therapy, she can take the most cringe worthy moments of her own life and turn them into hilarious pieces of comedy and along the way you’ll start to work out how you can do that too. More importantly though, you’ll be laughing your head off while it happens.
She’s a comedian that is going to be huge someday and at the moment is already brilliant. Check out her show while there’s still time.
Dilruk is an absolute delight to watch. Whether he’s deconstructing some pretty serious ideas about his own prejudices and the trials and tribulations of immigrating to Australia from Sri Lanka or the parts of the show he refers to as ‘jizz comedy’ it’s always hilarious. He’s been at it for a few years now, putting out fantastic show after fantastic show, so if you still haven’t seen this brilliant comedian yet, you’re running out of excuses. Long weekend is here, treat yourself and buy a ticket.
Getting a bit tired of stand up? Boy, have we got a treat for you. Watson have been killing it for years. It would be hard to put an actual definition on what their shows actually are, long form sketch comedy? Mini plays? Hilarious hour long pieces of comedy brilliance with amazing laugh so hard you can’t breathe moments mixed in with an engaging narrative that makes you actually want to know what happens next? Yep, that last one. That’s the one.
So if you want to see three brilliant comedians doing some of the best comedy at the festival, Watson is the show to see.
Mae Martin is doing her second solo show in Australia, a tough challenge for any performer but she has more than earned your support. Her comedy is straight up delightful to watch, it’s an injection of self esteem and goodness. So if you want to feel good AND laugh, check her out immediately.
How do you feel about comedy that will make you think about all the horrible things in the world… but then give you license to laugh at them? Do you want a comedian to vocalize and articulate perfectly all those things that have been pissing you off and why? The answer is, of course, yes and Damien Power is the guy that can do it. In fact, ask any comedian at the festival which show they need to see and the answer is almost always ‘Go see Damien Power, he’s brilliant’. Usually a good sign that the show is going to be great.
Tom Ballard has always been a solid comedian but somehow in the last 2 years he has transformed into one of Australia’s greats. His latest show is another piece of brilliance to add to his growing collection. Tom manages to tackle some pretty serious topics in some pretty serious ways and yet keeps you laughing throughout it all, that’s a pretty good sign of a great comedian. This year he even dedicates a good portion of the show to talking about his experiences on SBS’ ‘First Contact’ so if you want to hear about what David Oldfield is like when the cameras are off him (spoiler alert, he is still the worst) Tom’s show is the place to find out.
Deanne Smith is the kind of comedian you’ll go to once and then go to every following year for of the rest of your life (or at least for as long as she keeps making comedy, which we hope is forever). Her insanely high energy, positive and upbeat shows always entertain and the truth is, she’s one of the best comedians out there today that isn’t already some mega superstar. Go see her before she inevitably becomes one. It’s only a matter of time.
(FYI there is no kitten in the show but it’s still great)
BONUS – Raw National Final
If you’ve been wondering what the hell this RAW thing is that a bunch of these brilliant comedians have seemed to come out from, well, here it is: RAW is a national competition among up and coming comedians from all around Australia. This is where we find out who the next big comedian to watch closely for the next few years is going to be. The national grand final is on this Sunday, it’s the best of the best so the show is already guaranteed to be some of the best comedy you’re going to see at the festival. You should buy yourself a ticket and see these comedians now so that when they’re famous you can say you were there at the start.
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