The Melbourne International Comedy Festival has arrived, like a dear old friend, right on time.Read More
We've made no secret of it, it's our favourite time of year. The balmy autumn evenings, the buskers our in force, the jaunty lights of the town hall and people rushing all about the CBD with grins from ear to ear. Check out all our selections from the program and may you have many laughs this festival season!Read More
We’ve loved exploring all that Melbourne and the world have had to offer this year and we’ve loved having our readers along for the ride! Here are our greatest hits for 2017:
3. The Argyle Op Shop, Hamilton
4. Piccolo Coffee Roasters, Warrnambool
Was there another post of ours that stood out for you? We’d love to hear it, let us know in the comments!Read More
What could be a more fitting performance during October to inhabit the Circus Oz Melba Spiegeltent than a wicked, tragic tale of lost loves and conflicting desires against the backdrop of a 19th century circus? A dramatic combination of music, dance, and circus performance, The Carnival of Lost Souls succeeds in capturing the audience in an eerie atmosphere and inspiring awe at the mastery of its cast. There could be no other venue than the Melba Spiegeltent, its mirrored walls reflecting the spectacles before us and magnifying their impact.Read More
No matter my taste now, no doughnut smells better than one freshly cooked and rolled in cinnamon sugar! If cinnamon doughnuts represent the simplicity of childhood; then my high school years smell like sugar dough, are splashed with raspberry, and have all the gooey messiness of a jam doughnut.Read More
With June’s arrival winter descends and this year it feels right on time. Each season holds its charms and a Melbourne winter is very much a diamond in the rough. The wind blows a gale and can chill to the bone, true. People rush up and down the city streets, cloaked in Brack’s black, shoulders hunched, dodging the slippery cobbles. Winter falls elegantly, the city twinkling through rain soaked nights almost like walking through the stars.
During the day cups of Proud Mary, Axil and Seven Seeds warm cold hands and in the evenings the haloed street lamps light the way to the revelry writhing beneath. Melbourne is nothing short of vibrant in the warmer months, as you would expect any city to be, but in winter it truly comes alive.Read More
We were invited along last month to see Melbourne improv comedy extraordinaires The Big HOO-HAA! in action at eclectic haven The Butterfly Club. In this review Jackson Millwood takes us through his experience. The Big HOO-HAA! are in residence at the Butterfly until Dec but given how fast this year is going add it to the top of your list of date ideas immediately.Read More
Good Beer Week is one of those beautiful opportunities that Melbourne throws at you to indulge, to step right up to some challenging flavours and come out the other side with a story of your own.Read More
MICF attracts over 770,000 patrons annually and many comedy superstars of the likes of Russell Howard, Judith Lucy, Wil Anderson, Ross Noble, Hannah Gadsby, Dave Hughes, Jason Byrne and Ruby Wax return at least every second year. The Festival is also a crucible for break out acts and many a devotee can recall the beginnings of a well-known comedian.
While the Comedy Festival runs for nearly a month the CBD is quite full each evening and finding a place to eat or drink either side of an show, let alone a place that matches the act that you are seeing, can be difficult. Planning and booking ahead can make or break your night.
Never fear, Melburnian Guide to has you covered. We give you our pick of the MICF acts and their paired restaurants and bars. Enjoy your Comedy Festival, we wish you delicious quips and tasty bites!Read More
Melbourne is mad for outdoor cinema in the summer and it has reached its zenith over the 2016/17 season with no fewer than 9 at last count. I have to say I'm mad for them too, I love spending an evening under the stars watching old and new favourites. The Common Man is hosting a pop-up cinema at South Wharf, paired with a glass of Lillet to ward off the Yarra chill.Read More