Review of Comedy at Birds (5 out of 5 stars)

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Birds Basement is a premier jazz club and restaurant, accessible from the Melbourne CBD- just a hop across from Flagstaff Station.

Conveniently located on ‘Singers Lane’, the venue hosts live music six nights a week, featuring critically acclaimed jazz performers. Every Monday, Birds is home to some of Melbourne and Australia’s finest comedians, on a three act bill. Unlike other comedy nights where you get one headline act, at Birds you essentially get three headliners- all remarkably different, but equally hilarious comedians.

On the bill Monday, was MC Bob Franklin, Danny McGinlay, and Ethel Chop (Andrea Powell).  Bob Franklin- Australia’s Most Under-Rated Comedian-certainly lives up to that name. He wrings out jokes- getting rid of what’s unnecessary- to deliver simple, and utterly clever punch lines. A surprise poet as well, Bob is a master of the comedy craft. Danny McGinlay has a bountiful energy, and knows how to play to an audience. Ethel Chop (played by character comedian Andrea Powell), you honestly just have to see. Ethel shows the dark side of the elderly, and I’ve never seen a funnier portrayal.

Looking up at the magnificent stage, sitting at fine dining tables at Birds Basement, gives you the feeling of being on a cruise ship. The jazz background music, high class table service, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a Monday then sailing away from the troubles of the day, with high class comedy entertainment and service to match.


When: Every Monday from 8:00pm-10:00pm

Where: Birds Basement, 11 Singers Ln, Melbourne VIC

Tickets: From $20

Other Information: Discounted parking nearby, see website for details



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