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NEWS FROM MICF & THE COMEDY WORLD
Things have been heating up around the Comedy Festival office as we’ve been slaving over the much-anticipated Program Guide for 2013. Chock full of exciting acts, we’re sure you’re all going to lose your minds for it. Plus it’s really really ridiculously good looking. You can check out some of the names already announced and purchase tickets now through our website.
Heading offshore, music and comedy are colliding left right and centre. Rolling Stone have named ‘The 50 Funniest People Now', Seinfeld is working on an album with Wale, and Tenacious D have created a new festival set for October 19, Festival Supreme. Described as the "fuckin' Super Bowl of comedy-rock", the duo are hoping to book Flight of the Conchords, Spinal Tap, Eric Idle, Lonely Island, Zach Galifianakis and Aussie Tim Minchin for the event. Finally, Irish hip hop comedy act The Rubberbandits have been wowing audiences in London ahead of their trip to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival this year – tickets for their shows at the HiFi are on sale now!
MELBOURNE COMEDY FESTIVAL APPOINTS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Melbourne Comedy Festival today announced the appointment of Damien Hodgkinson as Executive Director, effective from 25 February 2013.
Damien comes to the Festival with over 15 years experience in the arts and entertainment industry, in a variety of roles.
His most recent role was Executive Director Operations at Australia Business Arts Foundation, one he has held since 2011, after being Director Victoria at the Foundation from 2008.
Damien was General Manager and CEO of Melbourne Fringe from 2005-2007 after spending over four years as Marketing Manager at Bell Shakespeare.
He started his career at Company B Belvoir in Marketing, where he worked for three years before moving to Melbourne’s Playbox Theatre for several years, and spent a year in Marketing at Melbourne Comedy Festival before being lured to Sydney by Bell Shakespeare.
Damien has been an Arts Affinity Group Member at Philanthropy Australia since 2008 and was Chair of Polyglot Theatre from 2005-2008.
Announcing the appointment today, Festival Director, Susan Provan said: "We are thrilled to welcome Damien back to the Comedy Festival, this time to the big(ish) corner office. His well-proven stamina and sense of humour will serve him well as we collaborate to find new and exciting ways to take the work of our performers to ever-larger audiences in Melbourne, Australia and overseas."
Festival Chairman, Bill Shannon said: "Comedy Festival board members are looking forward to working with Damien. We are particularly delighted that he brings such well-credentialed experience in building relationships with the corporate world – business partnerships are such an important part of the Festival's future. In our first year as a member of Arts Victoria's inaugural Lead Organisations group, we look forward to enjoying the benefit of his experience in media relations and the arts sectors of government."
Damien said: “I am thrilled to be joining the Melbourne Comedy Festival - Melbourne is always magic during the Festival and I love the overwhelming support for our local comic talent standing tall alongside the best internationally. The Festival has a proud history and strong global reputation and I am excited to be able to contribute to this legacy.”
2013 Melbourne Comedy Festival: 28 March – 21 April.
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COMEDY GOLD - THE LATEST FROM MICF
Registrations to perform in the 2013 Festival have now closed.
Yo Adrian - A Fundraiser for a Comedy Superstar You've Probably Never Heard of
Many of Australia's best and funniest comedians, including Wil Anderson, Carl Barron, Kitty Flanagan, Greg Fleet and Dave Hughes, got together recently for a gala fundraiser for a comedy superstar you've probably never heard of.
During the 2012 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adrian Cherubin, the Festival's long serving Technical Director suffered a stroke. Adrian has lead the production team at the Festival for 20 years and has been responsible for helping out newcomers as well as production management, lighting design and stage management of countless shows and tours for Australia's most popular comedians.
You can read more about Adrian and his long career in the comedy industry in this great article from City Weekly.
You can still donate to the fundraising effort, find out more here.
NEW COMEDY SERIES FOR HANNIBAL BURESS
Hannibal Buress and Rob Sheridan are set to write a cop series inspired by Buress' standup career. ABC studios are to air the series next season.
To find out more click here.
I LOVE GREEN GUIDE LETTERS TURNS 1!
In hilarious form Derryn Hinch and Tom Gleeson joined Steele Saunders to celebrate the 1st birthday of I Love Green Guide Letters live shows.
This episode is available for free download on iTunes or www.iLoveGreenGuideLetters.com
I love Green Guide Letters is a live review of the letters to The Melbourne Age’s Thursday Green Guide Television & Radio lift-out.
MELBOURNE FRINGE AWARDS ANNOUNCED
Melbourne Fringe Festival is over for another year, with a great program of comedy showcased throughout the Festival. The award winners for the 2012 Festival have been announced, as follows:
Best Comedy - Dr Neal Portenza, Choose Your Own Portenza
Highly Commended - Slutmonster and Friends
People's Choice Award - Aunty Donna and the Fax Machine Shop
Outstanding Comedy Show - Truth (Slow Clap)
Best Fringe Kids - Dr Brown Brown Brown Brown Brown and his Singing Tiger
Congratulations to all! For a full list of winners, click here.
2012 HELPMANN AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Congratulations to Tim Minchin, who was recently announced winner of the 2012 Helpmann Award for Best Comedy Performer.
For all the winners, check out the Helpmann Award website.
A FEW OTHER THINGS
Some of our favourite Australian comedians are branching out into writing careers, lauching new books and proving they're just as funny on paper as on stage. Read on to find out about new works from Denise Scott, Judith Lucy, Magda Szubanski and Hannah Gadsby.
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