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Five-star Brit comic duo Max & Ivan wring laughs from extreme bodyslams and deep emotional scars

Max Olesker is chatting solo because his partner-in-comedy, Ivan Gonzalez, is in training for their comedic wrestling extravaganza. Ivan has to compete with Max’s shady past performing in “weird and wonderful shows across Europe” as a teenage grappling star. 
 
If you think about it, the marriage of laughs and lunkheads isn’t so strange – there’s broad theatricality, pratfalls and ridiculous melodrama. “Comedians and professional wrestlers operate in the same way,” Oleskar notes. “Their performance changes depending on how the audience reacts.” 

The show is titled The Wrestling. Comics will join muscled-up pros in the ring on Monday April 14, with commentary from genuine fanatic, award- winning comedian Brendon Burns. The show that has been dubbed ‘genius’ in multiple reviews and Olesker promises their MICF cast will be equally thrilling. “We’re both terrified and hugely excited to take it to Melbourne Town Hall,” he says. 

Both terror and excitement certainly apply to the subject of their other MICF show, The Reunion. It’s a two-man, endless-character sketch-play about reliving the crushes, friendships, and teenage embarrassments at the dreaded school reunion. “There’s something particularly vivid about that time in a human being’s life, between 15 and 18, as you develop as a person,” Olesker notes, “It’s an incredibly vibrant, colourful world.” This hormonal intensity magnifies the “disastrous dates, ridiculous bands that you formed, appalling performances on the football pitch. 

“It’s this seminal time in people’s lives and whatever happens takes on some greater meaning,” he ponders, reassuring us that The Reunion aims to be “very funny, and very silly, and a little bit touching”. 

 

So whether you like to witness hilarious cruelty in physical or emotional form, Max and Ivan are ready for you.

By Andrew Tijs   |  

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Max and Ivan: The Reunion details

Address
90-130 Swanston St, Melbourne 3000

Telephone 03 9658 9779

Transport
Nearby Stations: Flinders St

Price $26.00

Date 27 Mar-20 Apr

Open Tue-Sat 8.30pm; Sun 7.30pm

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