MICF 2012: Part One
It’s ComFest time again! Such a wonderfully hectic time of year, where I try to cram as many shows into my schedule as my [incredibly limited] budget will allow. Here’s what I’ve been up to so far:
01. Mark Watson
Friday 28th March, 9:15pm
It’s not often that you go to a comedy show and win something – and if there’s one thing that I love, it’s winning. I’ve mentioned my love for Mark Watson many times before, and this show is like his previous ones – recounting awkward stories and talking very quickly – but it’s also quite different. Firstly, the stories are new [which is always good], but also, there’s a new level of audience interaction. If you’re planning on seeing Mark’s show [which I implore that you do – it’s brilliantly funny], then make sure you visit this page first. I don’t want to give too much away, but it could just be worth your while.
[No picture available due to the fact that Alex is not a Comedy Festival performer]
Tuesday 3rd April, 9:30pm
Okay, so maybe meeting Alex in the courtyard bar at Trades Hall doesn’t quite count as seeing a Comedy Festival show, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t awesome [and not quite as awkward as I’d anticipated, which is good]. Visiting from Newcastle while editing The Pun, Alex has been seeing a lot of shows. You can read about some of her adventures here.
03. Geraldine Hickey
Thursday 5th April, 8:30pm
Something that I try to do every festival, is to visit the Info Booth outside the Town Hall, and ask them to recommend someone that I wouldn’t normally see. This process can be a little hit and miss, but in the past it’s lead to my discovery of such funny people as Celia Pacquola and Alison Bice. This year, I was sent to see Geraldine Hickey’s show at the Portland Hotel. A little bit crass, and more than a little bit rude, Geraldine Hickey isn’t really everyone’s cup of tea. While she certainly made me laugh, I found the subject matter of her show [coming out at the age of 32] to be a little difficult to relate to. The show was mostly funny, but I probably wouldn’t recommend it to others.
04. Late-Night Letters & Numbers
Hosted by Nick Caddaye, with special guests Alison Bice & Andrew O’Neill
Thursday 5th April, 10:45pm
Take SBS’ Letters and Numbers, but move the setting from shiny television studio to a dimly lit room upstairs at a pub. Make all of the contestants comedians, and then you’ve got yourself a surprise comedy hit. In this particular edition, Andrew O’Neill enjoyed pretending he was on UK gameshow Countdown [on which Letters and Numbers is based], and Ben McKenzie [in dictionary corner] produced his sonic screwdriver when the Doctor Who theme was played. Okay, so I’m no good at describing exactly what this show was, but trust me when I say it was damn good. So good, in fact, that I’m going back again next week.