Vachel and Steph here from Slow Clap. How are you? You OK?
The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is upon us! Uh-oh...this year we didn't make a show. That's a shame! Our next project is a slow burn social experiment which you may or may not already be a part of. But no comedy festival show for us this year. That said, we are still working on HEAPS OF STUFF. Read on!
Steph is running some clown workshops, helping out with a great late night variety show called Soul Bank and presenting SQUIDBOY (a beautifully stupid show from NZ) so scroll down for details of those! Vachel, aka Dick Versace, will be DJing at the Festival Club at the HiFi Bar on Sunday Nights (31st March, 7th and 14th April) so please come join us for a boogie! The longer you dance, the more Vachel gets paid! He's also been working on a micro sketch side-project called The Peloton. It happens on youtube. See below.
Otherwise you will find us hanging out at the brand new Tuxedo Cat (17-22 Wills St) and seeing as many shows as we can!
Also read on for your chance to WIN tickets to some great shows throughout the festival.
Dr Brown is surfing in California and won't be at the festival but sends his love.
As always, you can find more information about us and what we do on facebook and twitter.
Check out Vachel's comedy on the internet side-project: The Peloton.
The Peloton is a Melbourne based comedy group consisting of five of the following six people: Tim McDonald, Nick Musgrove, Tom Peterson, Nick Russell, Vachel Spirason & John Wilkes Booth. Subscribe to their youtube channel here.
Three Clown Workshops
Three days, three internationally renowned clowns: Lucy Hopkins (UK/France), Trygve Wakenshaw (NZ/UK) and Mooky Cornish (Canada) will run one day each of this once-in-a-lifetime clown course. Each focusing on a different element of the craft, these acclaimed clowns will teach you how to find your inner idiot, play well with others and fall over properly. Very limited spaces available so get in early!
9th, 10th and 11th April, 11-4pm.
More information on the facebook event here.
These are selling really fast so BOOK NOW: http://www.trybooking.com/CQEI
Steph is thrilled to be helping out the amazing Trygve Wakenshaw with his dreamy show Squidboy: A stream of consciousness comedy adventure. It's a really great show. You should come.
What's it all about?
A squid in an elevator. An exploding cow. Ornamental Japanese lawn. What will happen? Nobody knows. Not even the squid.
Trygve Wakenshaw delights in this critically acclaimed physical comedy about an imaginary friend who makes imaginary friends who make imaginary enemies who make imaginary armies out of imaginary Scotsmen.
A show like the habitat of the giant squid; deep and dark.
WINNER: Auckland Fringe Award for Best Performance, 2013
"If you are a fan of Dr Brown and Vachel Spirason of Slow Clap...then you’re certain to love the company of Squidboy." Heckler.com
4 Shows Only! 11th, 12th, 13th April 8.30pm and 14th of April, 7.30pm
BOOK NOW: http://www.trybooking.com/CPHB
Soul Bank - Late Night Variety Show
Come and check out this mental show on Friday Midnights at the Tuxedo Cat. It's a sort of secret variety showcase/shit fight/slapdash comedy party co-hosted by the somewhat Canadian Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall and Pat Burtscher (Soul Bank) with house music and moral support from Steph Brotchie.
Featuring an excellent lineup of the Comedy Festival's weirdest international and local comedians, clowns, characters and mischief-makers doing some of the stupidest things they can think of, Soul Bank's late night variety show is high-risk, low-cost and medium-excellent.
It is free/pay what you feel at the end of the ordeal.
It is unlikely to be like anything you've been to before except Santoni Cabaretoni.
No two nights will be the same!Facebook event with more details here.
We asked some comedians who have great shows if they wanted to run some ticket competitions/giveaways just for our Slow Clap subscribers, and they said yes! Pretty cool!Email: email@example.com
To enter to win tickets for the following shows, email each address provided with the subject line 'What A Great Ticket Competition!'. Enter for as many shows as you like!
Lucy Hopkins - Le Foulard (UK): Powerfully stupid physical comedy from Gaulier-trained clown. An Art Show, made with love by an idiot. Facebook event.
Andy Matthews and Tony Besselink Achieve Nothing: Stand-up from two of Melbourne's most exciting up-and-comers. Facebook page.
Aladsair Tremblay-Birchall - Trying Hard: Clever, self-deprecating stand-up with high production values and low self-esteem. See him before he is famous. He is already a little bit famous. Facebook Event.
Jon Bennett - Fire in the Meth Lab: Breaking Bad with a lot more bad and a lot more breaking. Storytelling stand-up that is dark and sweet and real. Facebook event.
Dr Professor Neal Portenza - Neal Portenza's Test Show. This is not a real show. Don't even come. (Maybe do but.): Dr Professor Neal Portenza is certainly not for everyone. In a good way. Totally messy, bizarre, somewhat improvised slapdash character comedy that's won heaps of awards. Facebook event.
All of the Things!: Dancing, jumping and talking from two cool people/silly people. Facebook event.
Pat Burtscher's Breaking Even (Canada): Raw, unique, unhinged, shambolic and meaningful stand-up. Sublime and brutal. Good. Facebook event.
Michael Hing - Occupy White People: Fresh, intelligent stand-up infused with politics, genial wit and charm. Facebook Event.
Tommy Bradson's Sweet Sixteen or the Birthday Party Massacre: A suburban Australian Dylan Thomas in drag. Beautiful voice, wonderful writing, great soundtrack.