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Comedy Commentary Cinema: Hard Ticket To Hawaii

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by Steven Morgan (subscribe)
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Comedy Commentary Cinema combines the best of the local comedy scene with some of the most so-bad-it's-good content you've ever witnessed on the big screen.

The basic premise is that a film plays on a pop-up screen while comedians talk over the top of it, highlighting hilarious points, logical fallacies or just making crude jokes. It's the sort of thing everyone's familiar with, but this takes it to the next level with some of the funniest comedians around giving their own unique take on the film in question.

Their first event of 2017 is the film Hard Ticket To Hawaii, a film known by many for its ludicrous frisbee based murder scene which has gone viral numerous times over the years. It's the perfect film for this sort of thing, with a low budget, terrible acting and plot holes so big you deserve a trophy for keeping up.

Man...he must be smoking some heavy doobies.

The crowd are encouraged to participate in the action, with shouting, whooping or whatever else encouraged. Everyone comes together to mock the film in a way that brings to mind those notorious screenings of The Room.

The event is hosted by Kristian Fletcher, the inarguable king of cult movies in Brisbane with a revolving cast of comedians taking turns for each event. It's the changing cast that gives the event a slant that distinguishes it from Mystery Science Theatre 3000 or Melbourne's Cinema Fiasco. The change each time means that you never know what to expect, and the observations are always refreshing.

This time Ryan Sim and Michelle Azevedo are the comedians in question who will be making sense of Sidaris's vision. When Ryan isn't hosting the successful Yarn Storytelling and Full Disclosure nights in Brisbane, he fronts the band Low Season whose latest album Weather Maker came out last month. He's a man of many talents and has those acute observation skills that make you think.

Michelle is a previous RAW comedy state finalist and hosts the night Soup At The Milk Factory every Sunday showcasing the best of Brisbane's comedy scene. Her quick wit and outspoken manner is the perfect combination for a night such as Comedy Commentary Cinema, which is no doubt why she was booked in the first place.

The event happens roughly every two months, but with no fixed timetable. With the Brisbane Comedy Festival happening at The Powerhouse at a similar time, it's a pertinent reminder that there's more to comedy than a middle-aged white guy with a microphone talking about airline food.

Embrace the ridiculous, do something different, enjoy the film.
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Why? Because laughter is the best medicine
When: 19:00 on Wednesday 8th March, then every two months thereafter
Phone: 0732172061
Where: The Milk Factory Kitchen & Bar
Cost: $12
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