Grown-ups, stop hogging all the LOLs. There are a bunch of family-friendly comedy shows at the festival this year, and they’re bursting with imagination, magic and snot
The Spiegeltent’s afternoon sessions for kids will be every bit as rowdy as a late-night variety show. You can’t go wrong with Frehd the Clown, Dr. Professor Neal Portenza and the oh-so-silly Wizard Sandwiches, but that’s not even the best bit. Witness ‘adult’ comedians including Nikki Britton and Jason Chong as they test out their material (without the rude bits, of course) on the tiniest, harshest critics of all. Melbourne.
You know him as an Umbilical Brother, but you’re about to know him as a wizard, an evil king, a blind knife thrower, and a monkey. Yep, the great David Collins is bringing the classic Russian fable The Luck Child to life, playing each of the 16 crazy characters. You’ll be just as transfixed as your kids by this tale of an only child fated to be king. Melbourne.
From the Just! series to The Day My Bum Went Psycho, kids have devoured the mischievous make believe worlds of Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton for decades. In this interactive book adaptation, kids will help two zany directors build the magical treehouse of their dreams. There'll be bowling alleys, waterslides, monster mermaids and lemonade fountains, but the only thing you need to bring along is your imagation. Melbourne.
Curly-haired Holly is on a quest to save the Mayor of Joyville, and all she’s got is a rock'n'roll pet rat, a ukulele and a swag of songs. This laugh-out-loud musical received rave reviews at the Adelaide Fringe, and is packed with the kinds of quirky stories and riotous dance movies that you wish you could summon at bedtime. Carlton.
Parents, stop fighting it: you know you love a good dose of hilarious toilet humour as much as your kids do. And it doesn't get much better than gross-out master Mr Snot Bottom, who moonlights as Captain Starlight at the Royal Children’s Hospital. Watch him save the world from smelly zombie toddlers while you try to contain your guilty laughter. Melbourne.
This musical extravaganza combines all the classic characters of Dr Seuss into a story that will entertain children and adults alike. The show is back for a limited run at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival after an award-winning and sell-out run in 2013. Melbourne.