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by Meaghan McDowell (subscribe)
Freelance Writer/Novelist/Street Food Vendor based around Melbourne and Mornington Peninsula.
Published September 23rd 2010
If laughter is the best medicine then my recent visit to The Comedy Store in the Entertainment Quarter sorted out my immune system.

We were there to see the Sydney Spring Comedy Carnival and being a rainy Friday night it was almost at capacity. You take a seat in the cosy cabaret style theatre and from there you don't have to move all night. Waitstaff tend to your every thirst and the atmosphere is buzzing from the minute you step in.

I wholly admire the guts that comedians have, but there are stand up comedians and then there are stand up comedians. The latter (or former, depending on where you put the emphasis), are the people that get up on the night, with a sketchy plot of where their act will take them, and then let the audience in fact take them are the stand up comedians with balls. They work with and work off the audience as the night goes on, nit-picking the poor awkward couple at the front of the audience who may or may not have met on E-Harmony. Comedians with that level of quickness and wit always astound me and makes me almost cry with laughter. And don't think that the candle lit room can keep you safe: in comedy, no one is safe.

The Comedy Store has something on every week and has tickets as cheap as ten bucks on everyone's favourite tight-ass Tuesday! You can also score 10% off at a couple of the restaurants in the Entertainment Quarter if you have Comedy Store tickets. On our particular night we were lucky enough to hear from 8 comedians seven of them Aussies - and the hilarious MC Amelia Jane Hunter who was pure gold and I would have paid to see a show that had just her and her bung elbow perform.

Not for the faint hearted, Comedians acts' aren't usually associated with the following terms; religiously mindful, politically correct, appropriate, diplomatic and there are certainly moment where the cringe-factor is flying through the roof. I was one of the people in the crowd whisper to my friend "are people allowed to say that these days?". They often say all the bad things you think to yourself anyway! It is brilliant. You can believe me or not, but my lower back muscles ached the following day due to my incessant laughing and constant rocking forwards with the hilarity I was witnessing on that night.

A ripper of a night.
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Why? laugh yourself silly
When: Always
Where: The Comedy Store, Entertainment Quarter
Cost: from $10
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