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Set List | Shaolin Punk

Set List

Set List - Dan Walmsley, Ben McKenzie, Karin MuiznieksCabaret superstar Karin Muiznieks (Give My Regards to Broady), rock’n’roll nerd Ben McKenzie (Science-ology) and musical impro genius Dan Walmsley (Musical Director, Impro Sundae) banded together in 2008 to present their explosive Fringe Festival premiere, Set List. (No relation to the stand-up impro show of the same name.)

Part homage, part parody, Set List reveled in the nuances, characters and stories behind one genre of music – with every note and lyric made up from audience suggestions. We grab your favourite ol’ musical genres and pack them full of up-to-the minute audience suggestions to create an all new, once-in-a-lifetime Set List of songs tailored just for you!

Each night featured a different musical genre – folk, jazz or rock – provided by brilliant local musicians, new character comedy provided by Melbourne’s best improvisers and a complete Set List of songs provided by you!

It’s the relaxed joy of your favourite band with all the chaotic thrill of improvised comedy.

Set List exploded into Trades Hall as part of the 2008 Melbourne Fringe Festival, following a smoking four nights only season at The Butterfly Club, complete with special guests, the impro-vocative Andy McClelland and mini musical genius Em Muiznieks.

Cast and Crew

Ben McKenzie (producer/vocals/percussion) is an actor, comedian and improviser. He founded Shaolin Punk and is its artistic director; he is also artistic director of Melbourne impro comedy troupe The Crew. Find out more about him on the page.

Karin Muiznieks (deviser/publicist/vocals/piano/tin whistle) is a multi-award winning composer and cabaret comedian working professionally in Melbourne. She holds a B.A. in Music Theatre from BAPA (2005) and an associate diploma in Music Theatre from Trinity College London (2004). Karin’s music and comedy have featured on the Radio stations JoyFM, 3MBS and 774 ABC Melbourne, in Beat Magazine and on the TV shows Planet Nerd, TheatreGames LIVE, The Breakfast Show and Rockwiz. Karin has written a string of successful cabaret shows performed at The Butterfly Club -who awarded her the “Under Our Wing Award” for outstanding work in cabaret (2007). Earlier this year Karin co-wrote and starred in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival smash hit Give My Regards To Broady, and was a finalist in the first Short Sweet + Cabaret 10-minute cabaret competition. Broady returns for a repeat season as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival. Karin also does occasional work as conductor of The Glee Club and as an impro pianist for The Crew. Her web site is: karinator.com

Dan Walmsley (deviser/vocals/guitar/piano) began performing stage comedy in 1989 (The Gang Show), and directing in 1997 (Prime Alien Carcass). With 10 years of classical piano training, he has composed scores for several comedy shows including Dosh!, Under Construction and Bumchin: The Musical. Dan has written, produced and directed several variety shows (The Pink Horse of Whimsy, Triple Trouble, Planet Nerd (TV, Channel 31)), and performed in many others.

In the 2008 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Dan produced, co-directed and co-wrote the acclaimed musical Give My Regards to Broady, and was digital producer for the ground-breaking Mark Watson (And Friends) Take Over The World in 24 Hours.

Dan was musical director of The Crew in 2008 and ran his own digital arts company, Gravity Rail. He has since moved on to create and run NationBuilder, a new social media platform designed to facilitate online grassroots community organisation.

Brent Strahan (guitar)

Matt Mulcahy (percussion)

Em Muiznieks (guitar/trumpet/horn)

Andy McClelland (guest vocals/harmonica) is a Melbourne based stand-up comedian, improviser and DJ, well-known for his passion for music. His hit solo shows have included Andrew McClelland’s Somewhat Accurate History of Pirates, Andrew McClelland’s Mix Tape and Andrew McClelland’s Guide to Being a Modern Gentleman. Andy is also a member of The Crew and was a founding member of impro group The Improbables. He currently writes and performs for the monthly live sketch comedy collective The Anarchist Guild Social Committee.

Kat Chish (guest violin)


The preview season of Set List ran from Thursday August 21 to Sunday August 24, 2008 at The Butterfly Club in Bank Street, South Melbourne. The four performances showcased the Jazz and Folk genres, and included performances by all of the main cast plus Em Muiznieks and Andrew McClelland.

The Fringe season ran on Saturday afternoons during the 2008 Melbourne Fringe Festival, at 4:30 PM on September 27, and October 4 and 11 in the Old Council Chambers at Trades Hall. The three performances covered Jazz, Folk and Rock, with different members of the cast taking on the lead band member roles for each show.