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Shaolin Punk http://shaolinpunk.net Comedy theatre for your brain. Tue, 03 Mar 2015 15:03:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.4 Comedy Festival is here! http://shaolinpunk.net/2014/03/31/comedy-festival-is-here http://shaolinpunk.net/2014/03/31/comedy-festival-is-here#respond Mon, 31 Mar 2014 05:09:38 +0000 http://shaolinpunk.net/?p=1743 Not only here, in fact, but in full swing!

Ben’s new solo show, Ben McKenzie is Uncool, is fifty minutes celebrating the things he thinks are cool that most people don’t. You can catch it at the Provincial Hotel at 10 PM each night (except Thursdays and Saturdays) until April 20. Tickets are $18/$15 via comedyfestival.com.au or at the door (where available); see the page linked above for full details. Ben is also making some guest appearances in other shows, so check out his web site for listings!

Richard may not have a solo show, but you can catch him performing frequently as part of Cath Styles’ Darkness and Light at Hairy Little Sista until April 6. Tickets $24/$20 via comedyfestival.com.au or at the door (where available).

And of course the MICF brings with it the tradition of the Late Night Dungeon Crawl! On Thursday April 3 and April 17 at 10:45 PM, come down to the Bella Union to see some of the best comedy festival acts improvise their way through a fantasy adventure with Ben and Richard! Tickets $15 via  bellaunion.com.au or at the door (where available); check the event listings above for line-ups.

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Whedonesque show a hit! Plus MICF, Night Terrace and more http://shaolinpunk.net/2014/03/15/whedonesque-show-a-hit-plus-micf-night-terrace-and-more http://shaolinpunk.net/2014/03/15/whedonesque-show-a-hit-plus-micf-night-terrace-and-more#respond Sat, 15 Mar 2014 03:15:53 +0000 http://shaolinpunk.net/?p=1729 Thanks to all of you who came to our Joss Whedon mashup themed edition of Dungeon CrawlDemon Slaying Superheroes in Space! A lovely crowd watched (and made some amazing suggestions) as wise, bespectacled and sinister-past-possessing Anchor Jefferson (Nick Caddaye) led vengeance demon Gloria (Karen Pickering), quirky Mary Sue misfit Joss Whedon (Xavier Michelides) and pop culture n00b Dollhouse-style “doll” Foxtrot (Andi Snelling, in her Dungeon Crawl debut) in an adventure throughout the ‘verse to defeat a demon with a sinister plan to manipulate everyone’s feels.

Richard McKenzie and Ben McKenzie in Dungeon Crawl: Demon Slaying Superheroes in Space! The Operative (Richard McKenzie) gives a mission to the ragtag bunch of misfits Andi Snelling, Xavier Michelides, Karen Pickering and Nick Caddaye. Xavier Michelides, Richard McKenzie and Nick Caddaye in Dungeon Crawl: Demon Slaying Superheroes in Space! Photo by Robert Young.

Dungeon Crawl will return for two late-night Thursday shows while Melbourne is in the grip of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival! Watch this space for line-ups. You can also catch Ben and Richard at the festival: Ben performs his new solo show, Ben McKenzie is Uncool, from March 26 to April 20 at the Provincial Hotel, while you can catch Richard as part of the line-ups of both Darkness and Light and Sinful Stories.

It’s also been a busy week for Shaolin Punk’s chief punk, Ben McKenzie! Last weekend his games company Pop Up Playground hosted the Fresh Air international games festival for four days at Federation Square; today they announced their next big project, #TrueRomansAll, an immersive theatre game developed with Bell Shakespeare. And as if that wasn’t enough, a couple of days ago he and the other minds behind the Doctor Who podcast Splendid Chaps launched the Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for Night Terrace, an original sci-fi comedy audio series starring Neighbours star Jackie Woodburne. It’s already passed the 50% mark and $5,000; you can find out more by watching the video below!

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The Very Last Dungeon Crawl of All http://shaolinpunk.net/2014/01/04/the-very-last-dungeon-crawl-of-all-2 http://shaolinpunk.net/2014/01/04/the-very-last-dungeon-crawl-of-all-2#respond Sat, 04 Jan 2014 05:37:17 +0000 http://shaolinpunk.net/?p=1676 Enter the dungeon. Kill the monsters. Steal their stuff…for the very last time.

All good things come to an end – and this is it: the end of Dungeon Crawl’s monthly shows!

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In this two-part extravaganza, join some of our finest crawlers as they fight, cheat, dance, sing, talk, magic and/or bluff their way through our biggest quest ever. So big, in fact, that even Richard McKenzie won’t be able to play all of the NPCs and villains – and we’ll have to bring in some of our other favourite guests to help say goodbye in this, the Very Last Dungeon Crawl of All.

Our final Dungeon Crawl party will include:

  • Rama Nicholas (Impro Melbourne, After Ever After)
  • Jimmy James Eaton (The Big Hoo-Haa, Sketchual Healing)
  • Michelle Nussey (Impro Melbourne, Melbourne Playback, The Big Hoo-Haa)

…and of course more!

Watch this space for more news of our crawlers and special guests, and don’t um and ah about this one, guys: we *might* be back for festivals in the future, but this is the last definite chance you have to experience the crawl in Melbourne.

Tickets only $15 from bellaunion.com.au, or at the door. Note this show is double length with an interval, and will finish around 9:30 PM.

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Dungeon Crawl Episode I-III: Attack of the Phantom Sith Revenge http://shaolinpunk.net/2014/01/04/1673 http://shaolinpunk.net/2014/01/04/1673#comments Sat, 04 Jan 2014 05:34:29 +0000 http://shaolinpunk.net/?p=1673 For three years, we took Dungeon Crawl to a galaxy far, far away…and maintained that there were only three Star Wars movies. But after shows set during Episodes IV, V and VI of that saga, there’s nowhere left for us to go – except the prequel trilogy.

So here we are.

Join some of your favourite comedians and improvisers as they shoot, Force-choke and smuggle their way through a space opera with too much CGI set long, long ago during the Clone Wars. The brave, cloned-as heroes of the Republic will try and march to victory against the villainous droid armies of the Separatists.

Or something. But there will be lightsabers! And guests! Yes, it’s an all-star line-up for our penultimate show and final Star Wars extravaganza!

  • Tegan “A Little Short For A Clone Trooper” Higginbotham
  • Adam “Cloned As” McKenzie
  • Geraldine “I Have A Bad Feeling About This” Quinn
  • Paul “Balance to the Force Through Mass Slaughter” Verhoeven

Tickets $15 from bellaunion.com.au or at the door.

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Late Night Dungeon Crawl http://shaolinpunk.net/2014/01/04/late-night-dungeon-crawl-2 http://shaolinpunk.net/2014/01/04/late-night-dungeon-crawl-2#respond Sat, 04 Jan 2014 05:25:20 +0000 http://shaolinpunk.net/?p=1671 Enter the dungeon…kill the monsters…steal the treasure – late at night!

It’s just like regular Dungeon Crawl, only late night during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival! Join some of your favourite comedians as they fight, sneak, cheat and possibly dance their way through a fantasy quest for glory. Plus, this edition is a musical – featuring the guitar talents of Caleb Garfinkel!

Tickets $15 from bellaunion.com.au or at the door.

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