This week, our guest blogger and ‘Melbourne living treasure’ Rod Quantock gives us his hot tips for who to see during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
This is a bit of a tough one for me. I haven’t managed to see any shows so far this year (though you may recall from my first post that it’s my 799th Comedy Festival and my 7000th year working as a comedian, so if you average it out I’ve seen just a few shows in that time…).
But I have seen a lot of performers who have been guests on the show I’m doing with Fiona Scott-Norman, Drivetime with Two Leggy Redheads, and we only have the hottest-of-the-hot.
Denise Scott is very hot for a lady who has been around the traps for as long as she has. Mike Wilmot from the frozen wastes of Canada is cool in a hot way. I am led to believe that Alex Edelman microwaves his tickets (those Americans!). I guarantee they’ll be toastie.
I could go on but let’s not get into a naming-names, she-said-he-said-they-laughed rant. Let’s do this scientifically: Anyone whose last name begins with ‘Q’ is definitely hot. (There’s not a lot of them so see them all.) And old comedians, go and see old comedians while they can still stand-up.
Generally anybody and everybody Asian is really, really hot (Comedy Zone Asia, Papa CJ, Jennifer Wong, Lawrence Leung – the list goes on). And Muslims are big. See all the Muslims you can!
And lastly: The annual galifferous, spectacular Political Asylum, your one-stop-Abbott’s-a-pr*ck-and Andrew-Bolt’s-a-dolt evening of comic revenge. The best political comedians with something more to say than most.
You can see Rod Quantock and Fiona Scott-Norman in their show, Drivetime a one-stop, try-before-you-buy guide to the festival until 18 April 2015.