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Splendid Comedy, Festival Chaps

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is about to start for 2016, and many of the guests who appeared on Splendid Chaps are featured in this year’s program – as well as two of our hosts!

Petra Elliott is one of the stars of the improvised puppet show, The Mighty Little Puppet Show! You won’t want to miss her performing as one of the “Ritas”, colourful puppets on which the audience will build their own characters. The show also features “What I Learned from Doctor Who” guest Rob Lloyd. The Mighty Little Puppet Show runs at 7:30 PM, upstairs @ Little Sista (next to the Town Hall). It’s a rotating ensemble cast, so if you want to see Petra make sure you book for March 25, 27, 29 or 31, or April 1.

Ben McKenzie has had a hand in Claire Hooper’s show this year, through his games company Pop Up Playground; together they present Being Claire Hooper, a whimsical, Claire Hooper-themed treasure hunt through the city. You might even see a familiar face or two… Being Claire Hooper begins at 6 PM each Saturday and Sunday at the statue of Burke and Wills at City Square (opposite the Town Hall). Tickets are very limited so be sure to book!

Here’s a round up of all our guests appearing in the festival! Check the listings linked via the title of each show for details (for example, most shows are an hour earlier on Sundays). We’ve also linked to the episodes they appeared in in case you’d like to revisit.

Justin Hamilton and Adam Richard also host The Shelf, 7:30 PM on Mondays at The Toff in Town.

Comedy Festival Cutaway

Ben was having so much fun talking to fellow comedians about Doctor Who that he couldn’t stop at just three…so here are three more!

  • Sarah Jones is a ventriloquist who, when she’s not performing on a cruise ship or in the UK, can often be found at The Variety Collective in Brunswick. You can find her online at sarahjones.com.au or follow her on Twitter at @SarahJonesVent.
  • Drew Belsten was first to volunteer to talk on Splendid Chaps. He’s part of the comedy groups Aardvarks Anonymous and Wizard Sandwiches, and you can find him on Twitter at @Wizarkdrew
  • Cal Wilson is a Kiwi living in Melbourne and a favourite at the Comedy Festival. She can be found online at calwilson.com.au or on Twitter as @calbo

Special thanks to listener Garth, who suggested the title for this episode. We’re listening to you too, Garth!

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