The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is packed with kid-friendly shows; here are our favourites.
Tessa Waters: Rockstar School
Hilarious, high energy and equipped with more mind-blowing dance moves than your kid’s had birthdays, Melbourne-based comic Tessa Waters is on a mission to promote body positivity in young people and make every child feel like a rock star. melbourne Town Hall, Powder Room, 90-130 Swanston St, Melbourne 3000. Tue-sun 2pm. $17-$25. Apr 1-16.
Mr Snot Bottom’s Seriously Stinky Songs
It’s no surprise that kids are mildly obsessed with Mr Snot Bottom: what child (and secretly, adult) doesn’t love a bit of toilet humour? This time, he’s back with a ‘mucusical’ with songs co-written by Benny Davis of Axis of Awesome and Tom Bethany of the Beards. melbourne Town Hall, Lower Town Hall, 90-130 Swanston St, Melbourne 3000. Tue-sun 1pm. $15-$65. Apr 8-15.
Frank Woodley: Noodlenut
One of Australia’s greatest physical performers is back with his acclaimed kids’ show, which debuted at Arts Centre Melbourne last year to rave reviews. Expect goofy magic tricks, animal impersonations and silly songs that will tickle kids and grown-ups alike. àarts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne 3004. 2pm. $28. Apr 6-7.
Josh Earl: Oliver Up a Tree
You may know this Melbourne entertainer as a comedian, radio presenter or Spicks
and Specks host – but Josh Earl is also a talented children’s performer. In Oliver Up a
Tree, Earl will tell a song-filled story about a curious, creative boy living in a small town. melbourne Town Hall, Powder Room, 90-130 Swanston St, Melbourne 3000. Tue-sun 11.15am. $15-$20. Apr 1-16.