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Michael Shafar: Kosher Bacon - Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2018

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Kosher Bacon-happens when a Jewish boy doesn't keep kosher
The Music Room at Trades Hall is one of those intimate venues beloved of Comedy Festival-goers on the hunt for new talent. In other words, it's small. And Michael Shafar is six foot two. So unless you love neck ache, don't sit in the front row.

If you do love neck ache, there's nothing much to fear from taking up prime position. Shafar is not one of those comedians who picks on the front row - he includes it. We foolhardy eight were often referred to for our opinions but there was never any fear of being dragged onstage and made to do the chicken dance.

'Kosher Bacon' is a fast-paced, wide-ranging rumination on what it is to be Jewish. Shafar takes on marriage ('I'm in a phone contract that's harder to get out of than a marriage'), religion (Jewish people don't recruit) and family (his grandma thinks Kochie is Jewish - it's the only reason she likes Sunrise).

Shafar is a Jewish boy who doesn't 'keep kosher', a comedy writer who has stepped out from behind the curtain into the glare of the stage lights. The issues he raises are accessible enough to get a laugh from the audience, regardless of religious persuasion. He's a likeable young man whose delivery of well-written material can only improve with experience.
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Why? Comedy writer comes out from the writing room and into the light
When: Monday April 2 to Sunday April 22 2018
Phone: 03 9245 3700
Where: Music Room, Trades Hall, 54 Victoria St, Carlton
Cost: $20 - $25
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