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Cool & Smart & Friend

Cool & Smart & Friend

Which one is Cool? Which one is Smart?

They are both ‘&’.

Matt Young (Deadloch) and Barney Pollock (Thank God You're Here) started working together in 2017 having met in one of the coolest most underground places – an improv class. Together they are one of Melbourne's premier improv duos, boasting the highest average attendance over a three-year residency at The Improv Conspiracy, Australia’s #1 improv theatre. There, they have garnered multiple award & competition wins (including 2023's Best Show and Favourite Team)

In a quest to fulfil the promise of their namesake Matt & Barney are joined by some very cool and very smart guests including Guy Montgomery, Virginia Gay, Lucy Durack, Nick White, Heidi Arena, Molly Daniels, Hannah Camilleri, Stu Daulman and more. 

Together they will create a show, on the spot, specifically for you that is entirely unique. Never to be performed again!

29/3/24 – Annie and Lena
30/3/24 – Nick White
31/3/24 – Virginia Gay
1/4/24 – Hannah Camilleri
2/4/24 – Molly Daniels & Stu Daulman
4/4/24 – Lucy Durack & Super-Secret Guest
5/4/24 – The Burton Brothers
6/4/24 – Heidi Arena 
7/4/24 – Guy Montgomery

Ensemble Cast Includes: Tiana Hogben, Amy Ruffle, Matt Jenner, Taylor Griffiths and Broni Lisle

Suitable for audiences 13+

This show contains: Occasional coarse language.


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