The Comedy Channel 2005 Short Film Festival

Trip Start May 18, 2003
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Saturday, April 16, 2005

This evening I attended the free outdoor evening show at Federation Square, as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival's conclusion. It was well attended and the quality of acts very high. Out of the many performances my favourites were Dado and Tripod. Dado is a one-man act. He dresses up in a large black overcoat that raises his shoulders as high as his head, giving him the illusion of having no neck. It sounds a little creepy, but coupled with his excellent facial expressions and infectious laughter Dado managed to get instant rapport with the crowd. The comedy itself was fairly routine, but a joy to watch.

Tripod is a three-man act, with guitars! They have some very well rehearsed funny songs that flow very easily into one another, and the level of singing and musicianship is refreshingly professional. This act had the biggest following, and was the perfect way to end the Federation Square show.

Immediately afterwards almost the entire crowd got up and walked over to the comedy channel short film festival screening at the indoor cinema. This was the final screening of all the short films and was followed by the judging and award ceremony. As I watched the last dozen films (I missed the first one) two were clearly the funniest: Rashman - Splice No. 47 (a 3'15" animation about Rashman and Rashpocket on a casual Sunday drive) and The Greystone 2800 (a 5'30" live action film about a couple and their not so perfect home). They were both extremely funny in different ways - Rashman had a slow lead up to a hysterical conclusion that got the biggest laughs on the night. Greystone was conceptually the most original, funny right from the start with perfection in timing and well acted roles. If you get the chance I recommend both.

At the end of the evening I was pleased to find out that the people choice went to Rashman (the audience were given voting slips at all the screenings) and that the judges awarded Greystone as the overall winning film.
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