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Why Melbourne is the Stand-up Comedy Centre of Australia

THERE’S A STATUE OF BURKE AND WILLS at the corner of Collins and Swanston Streets, right next to the Melbourne Town Hall – the centre of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Burke and Wills are famous for not only going where no European Australians had travelled before, but for seriously over-packing, and under-preparing. Nineteen men, 23 horses and 26 camels set off …

5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Stand-up Comedy

IF YOU ARE READING THIS, then chances are you like, nay, you love stand-up comedy. You love its rawness, its randomness, combined with the closeness you feel, of having a one-on-one conversation. But this is what you don’t know about this odd profession: 1. It’s old! Stand-up comedy began in the 18th century! We’re in the 21st century now, which means …

Stand-up Comedy School with Ben Horowitz

JOIN VETERAN COMEDIAN, BEN HOROWITZ on March 20 to 24, at the Limerick Arms Hotel, in South Melbourne for five days of stand-up comedy training that culminates in your very own five-minute stand-up comedy performance. Guest comedians, Chris Franklin and Mr. Alabama will also be joining the course, to share their insights into the comedy career, and show the students exactly …

Why should you learn stand-up

Why Should You Learn Stand-up?

THERE’S MANY REASONS WHY you might be signing up for five evenings of stand-up comedy training. So which category do you fit into? The Future Comic The most obvious reason is that you want to be a stand-up comedian. And that’s a great reason. Melbourne is comedy central in Australia, thanks mostly to the ‘Melbourne International Comedy Festival every March, but …

Know Your Audience in Comedy

Know Your Audience in Comedy

A COMEDIAN COULD KILL ON ONE NIGHT, but bomb on another, with the only difference being the audience. Conducting an AUDIENCE analysis is one way of preparing before the big gig. Here’s the first three letters explained: Attentiveness Comedians are not always the centre of attention. Sometimes it’s the bar, or a table of rowdy friends who haven’t seen each …

Building Confidence in Stand-up Comedy

Building Confidence in Stand-up Comedy

STAND-UP COMEDY CAN BE TERRIFYING. Jim Jefferies compares it to acting, stating that acting is “harder than a lot of things in life, but it’s not as hard as stand-up comedy.” If a pro like Jefferies thinks it’s tough, then you better believe it! But it doesn’t have to be all sweaty palms and tears. Here’s some advice on being more …

Generating Ideas for Comedy

Generating Ideas for Comedy

JUST ABOUT ANY TOPIC is open for a comedian, but there is one thing you must not do – and that’s steal another comedian’s material. Even if you do steal a joke, it’s unlikely that other comedians will tell you that they know. Instead, they will avoid working with you, or talk behind your back. Don’t kill your career by …