Lit­tle laughs

The Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val is packed with kid-friendly shows; here are our favourites.

Time Out (Melbourne) - - THINGS TO DO - By Rose John­stone

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.

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