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The Scrimpy Network presents

The Isaac Haigh Variety Hour

The Scrimpy Network presents

The Isaac Haigh Variety Hour

Winner Best Newcomer 2023 Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Winner Best Comedy 2022 Melbourne Fringe

Goooood evening, Melbourne! Take a trip back in time and witness the live taping of Australia's grooviest late-night variety television show, The Isaac Haigh Variety Hour!

Featuring far-out costumes, original tunes, outrageous choreography, puppetry and more! It's a totally out-of-sight celebration of '70s variety TV. 

Boogie on down into the heart of a retro TV sound stage and be a part of Australian television history! Hosted by the crooning casanova Isaac Haigh, this is your golden ticket to an unforgettable night of entertainment. Complete with never-before-seen authentic '70s-era advertisements, this show features not only a line-up of recurring guest stars, but a different special guest star every night! It’s a psychedelic, family-friendly romp for all ages! Can you dig it?

‘Hilariously lame… perfectly executed.’ Squirrel Comedy

‘Born in the wrong decade.’ My Melbourne Arts

‘Leave some talent for the rest of us.’ Farrago Magazine

Co-written by and starring Isabelle Carney (Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell, Hard Quiz)

Directed by Caitlin Soennichsen (Tell Me I Suck, The Moon Witch)

Produced by Lily McMillan Merahi (Howl, Best Self)

The Isaac Haigh Variety Hour is brought to you in Living Colour courtesy of The Scrimpy Network.

Please note, the following performances will be filmed: Thu 28 Mar, Fri 29 Mar, Sat 30 Mar, Sun 31 Mar, Mon 1 Apr, Tue 2 Apr, Thu 4 Apr, Fri 5 Apr, Sat 6 Apr & Sun 7 Apr.
Suitable for audiences 13+

This show contains: Audience participation, Sudden loud noises.


Before and after the show

  • Eat, drink, laugh, repeat

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  • The Festival Club

    Your very own late-night treat for laughs, dancing and all-round good times.

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