The time is nigh for Winterfest to rear its head, so who better to introduce than a stand-up comedian who finds pleasure out of rebelling from his neurotic Jewish mother’s high expectations…We give you Michael Shafar.
Have you always been a performer?
I started performing and writing comedy in 2011.
What kind of kid were you growing up?
I definitely liked getting the attention when I was growing up. I’m the youngest in my family, so I think I was always looking for attention.
Was this life always the dream for you growing up?
I actually had a plan on becoming a lawyer and I finished my law degree last year, but then decided that I’d much rather be happy and do comedy.
What made you realize you could profit from this talent?
When I first started making people laugh, I thought that maybe people might be happy to pay me in exchange for helping them to release endorphins. It’s a pretty reasonable quid pro quo.
Describe your ultimate gig?
Small, dark, underground basement with a small crowd that is really into comedy.
What are you doing when you aren’t writing or performing?
I work as a tutor for VCE English students.
If this weren’t your career, what would you be doing instead?
Comedy is not my career, but I’m hoping it will be. Otherwise, I’ll have to get an office job and will most likely be very bored.
Would you sacrifice a limb for your talent if you had the choice?
Probably not a limb. But, maybe my appendix. A lot of people don’t have an appendix and they seem fine.
Lastly, Why do you do it?
Mostly because it makes me happy. Being on stage is the best part of my day. It’s also an excellent way of annoying my neurotic Jewish mother who assumed that I was going to be a lawyer.
Winterfest 2015 starts tonight!
Thursday – Improvisation from 7.30pm – 8.30pm. Late night comedy from 9 – 10pm.
Friday – Live Cover band from 6.30pm – 7.30pm. Variety night from 8pm.
Saturday – Piano Bar with Rising Musical Theatre Stars from 6pm. Variety Closing Gala from 8pm.
When: 2nd, 3rd, 4th July.
Venue: The Courthouse Hotel, Cnr Queensberry and Errol St, North Melbourne Tickets: Tickets on the door, cash only.
One show – $10
Two shows – $15
Lounge shows – Free entry
More in here
Thursday Night comedy
MC – Geoff Setty
Sparrow Men by Marcus Willis and Andy DeVries
Special guests Nadine Antler from Germany and Chris Trovador Romann from America from ‘Impro Melbourne’ in a special new format
Friday night variety
Band – Grant Buse and Isabella Valette
MC – Dolly Diamond
Sonia Di Iorio
MC – Stuart Daulman
Hammertime and Biggish
Musical Theatre/Piano Bar singers
Jack O’ Riley