Melbourne in April means Comedy

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We headed down to Melbourne over the weekend for the Comedy Festival and managed to fit in some eating and shopping around the laughs.

We had been wanting to visit Burch and Purchese in South Yarra after we read about it on Lee Tran Lam’s blog and it did not disappoint. We bought up big with a milk chocolate,  pumpkin, bacon and maple cake, honeycomb and popcorn rubble, signature Gold Bullion Bars ( salted caramel encased in dark spanish chocolate dusted with gold and Never Say Never Again biscuits – flavoured with muscavado sugar, coconut, shaved white chocolate and orange. The cake was a perfect match of sweet and savory, like bacon and maple syrup pancakes on top of a spiced pumpkin pie, the honeycomb and popcorn rubble was another winning match of sweet and salty, the Bullion Bars were a little too sweet for my liking and the biscuits were incredibly moreish.

I needed a little sit down after all that sugar so we headed over to the Wheeler Centre for the Melbourne Comedy Festival Jeez Louise: Funny Women’s Business forum with Kevin Whyte, the Managing Director of Token Entertainment, MaryAnne Carroll, Executive Producer of Comedy at Network 7, comedy veteran Judith Lucy and comedy newcomer Anne Edmonds. The session focused on agents and representation – What do they do? Why get one? How to get one? Do you need one? Will having an agent change everything? We did some live tweeting if you want to check out some of the discussion.

Saturday night we caught four shows between us, Zoe Coombs Marr in Gone Off, Jennifer Wong in Ouch and Other  Words, Christophe Davidson in The Time of Your Life and UK guest Simon Munnery in Hats Off to the 101ers and other material.

Sunday morning was bright and sunny so we took off early out to Camberwell Markets for some bargain hunting. The markets are awesome! We picked up some great brass pieces and lamented that we couldn’t take home some of the great mid century and industrial furniture pieces. Camberwell Markets are on every Sunday and well worth the 25min train ride from the CBD.

The RAW Comedy National final was on Sunday afternoon and Michael was one of the judges along with Susan Provan the Director of Melbourne Comedy Festival, Todd Abbott who had an afternoon off his role as producer on Josh Thomas’ new TV sitcom, comedy expert Steve Bennett from UK website Chortle, comedian Dave Callan, and Steve Lock from London’s Soho Theatre. We try to catch the RAW final every year and this year it was a really strong group of aspiring comedians from across Australia. Character based comedy was the popular this year with no musical comedy to be seen. The winners Lessons with Luis were hilarious. They’ve got a full length show on in the festival and I would have really liked to check it out. Their videos are here.

We ducked into the Hi-Fi for Sunday night Haus Party hosted by our favourites Die Roten Punkte and caught New Zealand duo Theatre Beating and Dr Brown.

All in all a fun weekend. Bring on Sydney Comedy Festival.

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