We recently spent two weeks in Melbourne and enjoyed it so much we are planning to return.
Melbourne is a vibrant city, a melting pot crammed full of street art, coffee shops and quirky eateries. Where trendy young men are required by law to have either a beard or a top knot and female hipsters must wear at least one item belonging to their grandmother in every outfit. Trousers must remain a minimum of three inches from shoes at all times and quinoa is viewed as a major food group. All that aside, we found ourselves falling in love with the lane ways and coffee shop lifestyle, not to mention the English style pubs. We caught up with some old friends and somehow managed to eat Chinese food four meals in a row.
We visited during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and were fortunate enough to watch some excellent comedians. We saw a great variety of acts, from small sketch show gigs in pubs for $5 right up to Adam Hills in the Athenaeum Theatre. One of the fun parts of the whole festival experience was hanging around outside the town hall trying to choose a show to see. The comedians gathered there trying to sell the remaining seats for their show and did a great job at persuading us to see them. We stumbled across The Stevenson Experience in this way and where pleasantly surprised by their unique style of comedy cabaret. Another highlight for us was American comic DeAnne Smith. We sat on the front row for her show and did a terrible job of crowd participation whenever we where called upon! The real star of the festival for us was eclectic sad sack Hannah Gadsby. For some reason her manically depressed, socially inept lesbian humour really struck a chord with us and has us laughing for days.