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Asaf Gerchak is a Terrible Stage Name - Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2013

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7 Hilarious Reasons to Watch Asaf Gerchak
Photo courtesy of Asaf Gerchak

Asaf Gerchak is a terrible stage name. Of course it is when you're using that as your show title. However, the Canadian comedian is not letting his stage name hold him back from invading Australia with his raw, unfiltered beauty. Armed with his drawer full of awards received for his on-stage comedy performance in Montreal, Asaf is ready to take a crack at Melbourne.

The reason is simple. We have one of the biggest and best comedy festivals in the world! The opportunity to be part of something this big, with a completely new audience (one that has never seen his material before,) is way too exciting for Asaf not to jump on it. Also, he missed the registration deadline for Edinburgh. With so many familiar faces at the the 2013 Melbourne Comedy Festival, why on earth should you attend Asaf's Melbourne show instead of chuckling away at other venues? Well, for starters, the man can talk. And that just his voicemail. Here are 7 reasons I managed to pick out from all that chatter.
Photo courtesy of Asaf Gerchak

Asaf Gerchak is one of Montreal's 10 best comedians as voted by readers of the Montreal Mirror newspaper. He is known for his talent in mixing the silly and the dark, the abstract and the angry, the dirty and the delightful. He know he's got the goods when he was showcased thrice in Just for Laughs, appeared in their inaugural Zoofest and featured in the Montreal Comedy Nest's Young Guns of Montreal Comedy series.

His homies declare that Asef Gerchak is the "reincarnation of Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor and George Carlin, all with a salty dose of Jenny Jameson thrown in for good measure. He is THE MAN!"

BMOT, Montreal's only regular Dirty Comedy Show which features the best in the city's underground comedy scene calls Asaf Gerchak a comedy darling and "an incredible talent with even an incredibler sense of humour".

Photo courtesy of Asaf Gerchak

Unlike most Aussie comics who use pre-determined themes and narrative arcs in many fringe festival shows, Asaf's show and material isn't centred around a specific theme. He's all about the 45-60 minute North American-style 'headliner' set, getting the out-and-out funniest things a person can put on stage and making you laugh so hard, you won't give 2 hoots about any central thread.
Photo courtesy of Asaf Gerchak

Audience can expect the absolute best of the material Asaf has worked on in the recent 2 years. He is willing to go out on a limb and say that he has put together a show that manages to be really fun and silly, and still pretty snappy and smart. So be ready for 50 minutes of one big set of jokes. Also, he sweats a lot on stage.

Charming, intelligent, outright hilarious and wickedly handsome (according to Asaf)

Need more reasons? Check out Asaf Gerchak's Just For Laughs Audition in 2009. Just don't watch it in a public place or you might look like a fool laughing uncontrollably to the amazement of the folks around you.

Can Asaf survive the seasoned comedy fans of Melbourne. You be the judge. I'll be watching out of the corner of my eye at his opening night on 27 March, all the while hoping I'll be able to hold my stomach together and walk out in 1 piece.

The Horse Bazaar, the fun and quirky venue for local acoustic acts, funky DJ's, after-work drinks and good food with the mates will be home for Asaf Gerchak during during the 2013 Melbourne Comedy Festival. He rambles from 27 March to 6 April at 9.30pm all nights (except Fridays) and Saturdays at 6.30pm only.

Photo from The Horse Bazaar

To get your tickets, simply click here. If you miss Asaf in Melbourne, you'll just have to trek to Montreal, Toronto, London or Sydney.
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Why? You don't want to miss Asaf Gerchak's international brand of comedy
When: 27 March to 6 April at 9.30pm all nights (except Fridays) and Saturdays at 6.30pm only
Phone: Ticketmaster 1300 660 013
Where: Melbourne CBD
Cost: AUD15 to 20 per person
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