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Fun times in Melbourne

The Show is back in Town, the Comedy Festival is one of the highlights of the year, after a  Summer of Concerts, Cricket and Tennis; Autumn kicks off with footy and Comic irony.

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Venues pop up all over, utilising theatres, pubs and clubs but demand for space will take the public into the more secretive sites of our town; the Lithuanian Club, the Chinese Museum and the Trades Hall, adding a historic ambiance to the footpath shuffle.

Michael Shafer follows up on his 2017 performance Jewish-ish with this years serving of ‘Kosher Bacon.’  Last year Shafer poked fun of his Jewish roots and this year he combed over, with a classier take in a show that was tight and complete, understanding the muddy shallows of millennium romance. As Shafer’s comic maturity grows, so does his ability to deliver a smooth and complete performance. Laughter rippled over the crowd through-out the entire performance.

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Last years show was from a Gentile perspective and this year he was playing to a home-crowd, but in the final quarter he turned a metamorphic corner in his comic perspective, promising more to come.

“Heartwarming and quirky” Audience member

“This show has established his path, he is way beyond the operational side of things, he’s found his form.” Audience member 

 

KOSHER BACON MICHAEL SHAFER Trades Hall 29 March – April 22, 8:15pm (7:15pm Sun no Wed)

Shafar on fire in Jewish-ish

MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL review

Michael Shafar held his own at the momentous Trades Hall, that scrubbed up nicely, awash in neon for the MICF 2017.

Shafar is an eclectic blend of cultural experiences that have shaped and unshaped him. He is sorta Jewish, sorta Aussie,sorta cool, sorta nerd, sorta serious but definitely funny. His shows are selling out because the word is out, Shafar ‘nailed it’ this year.

Shafar examines his Jew-ish-ness with perplexed wonder. His grandfather was a Holocaust survivor and its more the ‘religousness’ than the faith that is up for review. He has a wealth of material to draw from that keeps the audience in stiches through out the performance. The crowd loved him and there was a reluctance for the show to end

MICHAEL SHAFAR is Jewish-ish at TRADES HALL Mar 30-Apr 23 8.30pm (no Wed & 7.30 on Sun)

An interview with Michael Shafar

“I used to encounter a lot of anti-Semitism when I was playing football for my Jewish school. I played from the ages of 12-16 and it was interesting and sad to encounter kids making anti-Semitic comments. I’m interested in whether those kids actually understood what they were saying, or if they were just repeating taunts that they had heard from their surroundings.”

How do you feel about your performance this year?

So far I’ve been really happy with the shows. I’ve changed up a lot of the content since I last performed it in Perth and have also changed the overall structure to make the theme about being culturally Jewish a lot stronger. I think it’s definitely working better now.

What type of reaction have you experienced from Jewish-ish?

So far the reactions have been great. A lot of people have messaged me to let me know they enjoyed the show. It’s interesting to me how different people tweet different jokes to me from the show, so it’s nice that there are a lot of different jokes in there that people remember and relate to.

What has been your most profound experience? MP

“The Comedians I met in the US were young, emerging comics who taught me a lot about work ethic. In the US, comedians are often gigging 15 times per week, which is why their development is accelerated. I tried to absorb that work ethic as much as possible so I try to gig as much as possible around Melbourne.”

Do Comedians support each other?

“Whenever there is a controversy about something that a comedian has said or done, comedians tend to help each other through it.”

Is MICF different for you this year?

It’s different because it’s my first solo show, so it’s definitely a lot busier than any other year. I also need to manage my time a bit better than previous years, making sure I still get enough sleep, eat well and exercise (which I have failed to do for the first few nights, so hopefully I get more disciplined!)

3 Course Comedy

Three Comics, Michael Shafar,  Sam Taunton and Tim Hewitt fought it out for top laughs, from the high-spirited audience at the Butterfly Club. Their latest serving, 3 Course Comedy, was a solid bill of entertainment.

Sam

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Gave a stoic monologue of rich comic content that evoked waves of laughter. Like a conjurer with a steady glance, he drew soul out of his poor experiences. With an unshakable confidence, he held the crowd and watched the sets come in.

Michael

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Poked the audience with the long arm of justice, pointing out the absurd and ridiculous. The crowd shared the intimacy of humanity and laughed in unison. The night was  hotting up.

Tim

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Hewitt burst forth with frenzied energy, as he bore through the tatters of his desperate existence. He takes the full crowd on an emotional journey and binds tragedy with hysterical farce.