A Melbourne based writer who is a travel junkie, dedicated foodie and emerging photographer.
Published February 19th 2017
Catch a talented lineup of comedy at this popular venue
Yarraville Laughs at the Yarraville Club has become a bit of an institution in Melbourne's inner west. Offering regular stand up comedy shows with some top notch comedians, and the option to pair it with dinner, you are guaranteed a fun night out.
The Yarraville Club is a great venue for comedy, offering a decent sized auditorium for performances, which has its own bar and toilets (separate from the hotel area). Tables for patrons electing the dinner and show package options are located at the front of the room, right up to the stage.
Outside the auditorium, you have access to all the amenities you'd normally expect in a large hotel, including a bar, restaurant and pokies.
The popular Yarraville Laughs has recently celebrated its fourth birthday
So popular has Yarraville Laughs become that it has recently celebrated its fourth birthday. This milestone was marked with a show featuring an all star lineup - all of whom had previously performed at Yarraville Laughs. I was fortunate enough to witness this birthday celebration event. The show kicked off with Alan Brough, who would be instantly recognisable to fans of TV quiz show Spicks and Specks. The biggest reaction of the night went to comedy musician duo, the Scared Weird Little Guys, a little later in the show. Retirement has certainly not dulled their talent, nor their sharp comedic wit, as was indicated by the standing ovation they received.
In the final bracket of the night, we saw Shaun Micallef, Fiona O'Loughlin and Lawrence Mooney - what an amazing finale! I have to admit to being a big Micallef fan so it was a great pleasure to see him performing live. Apologising for his lack of capability as a stand up comedian, Micallef was nevertheless extremely funny with his rendition of Jimmy Stewart's touching poem about his dog Beau - complete with the Jimmy Stewart accent.
Shaun Micallef shares a poignant moment
Mooney, meanwhile, shared his experience of 'labour pains', which followed five days of drinking beer and eating cocktail frankfurts (and nothing else) while his wife was away. I will leave the interpretation to your imagination.
While I can't guarantee a lineup of this calibre in the future, it's worth keeping an eye on upcoming performances. The next listed event, on Saturday 8th April, is retired Collingwood footballer Dane Swan, in conversation with comedy legend of Facebook and Twitter, Titus O'Reily. Dinner and show packages are available from $90, while allocated seating tickets start at $30. To buy tickets for this show, click here.
Dane Swan is in conversation with Titus O'Reily on 8th April. (Image from the Yarraville Laughs website: yarravillelaughs.com
Yarraville Laughs at the Yarraville Club is located at 135 Stephens Street, Yarraville. It is a five minute walk from Yarraville Railway Station. I recommend making the time to go and catch a show.