The Listies Come to Melbourne Festival Kids Weekend, Oct 19-20
For four shows only, The Listies (formerly known as The List Operators for Kids) bring their unique brand of kidult entertainment (for kids and their adults) to Melbourne Festival.
In the tradition of The Goons (kids ask your parents), Earworms is recorded live as a podcast which the audience can then download for free (via the interwebz - parents ask your kids) when they get home and listen to it again and again and again...
The Listies - Matt Kelly and Richard Higgins - forgo the usual pitfalls of kids' entertainment like fairies and princesses and instead stuff their shows with all the highbrow things that kids really love like fart jokes and vomiting. 100% education free, The Listies' philosophy is to make their entire audience (adults included) laugh as many times as they can in fifty minutes.
The list of things you will see in Earworms:
1. Insane radio sketches
2. The world's first Dad parade
3. Gadgets, gizmos and machines that go PING! 4. An alien attack
5. Lots of people ROFLSHALBOWCOing*
*Rolling on the floor laughing so hard a little bit of wee came out.
The Listies have spent the past few years performing shows all over the world, collecting adoring young fans and gaining critical acclaim in Edinburgh, Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand and in every capital of Australia. Previous shows that have expanded the tiny minds of underage audiences include The List Operators for Kids do Compooters and More Fun than a Wii, the latter being the only show aimed at kids to be nominated for the prestigious Barry Award at the Melbourne Comedy Festival.
Melbourne Festival Creative Director, Josephine Ridge said: "Expect craziness and mayhem from these two characters as they take kids on a terrific ride of giggling, squealing and shrieking, making going to the theatre a hilarious experience."
Earworms is part of Kids Weekend: a sensational program of events in the middle weekend of this year's Melbourne Festival, created specifically for the budding art-appreciators out there.
The show runs at Federation Square, Deakin Edge, Sat 19 & Sun 20 October at 11am & 2pm. Tickets: $20. Running time: 1 hour, no interval. Ticketmaster 136 100 / melbournefestival.com.au.