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Extended run and nice reviews!

So my “official” Melbourne Comedy Festival run finished and went very well, so I extended it until this Sunday and it’s now at the Imperial. The Imperial has become a hub for comedy every festival now. I did 3 Little Gigs there during Fringe and also gig there during the week at Puggs in Space and Imperial Open Mic. Impy is my comedy home! HERE IS THE NEW TICKETZZ BUYING LINK!!

I got a bunch of reviews in which said nice things – especially the Herald Sun, who gave me ★★★½ and said:

“Honest stand-up from a charming host.”

“Rose Callaghan and Mates has changing guests every night, but the best part, of course, is Callaghan. She’s funny and likable and you’ll want to have a beer with her afterwards to pontificate life’s problems.”

The original review yesterday gave away heaps of my jokes. Funnily enough they have edited the review, removing much of the revealing information – which is great. Although they removed my favourite quote – “Although mostly sex-based, it is easy to relate to.”

Some other nice things people said:

“Callaghan is a fantastic MC, driving home laugh after laugh” –

“This comic takes to the stage like a fish to water, confidence just pouring from her.”

“Her delivery style is punchier and more direct than many of her contemporaries which elicits hearty laughter from the audience rather than mildly amused chuckling and she has a great command of the stage.” – Melbourne Fun Times blog

“A great choice for anyone looking to see an hour of solid standup which offers something different each night. ★★★★” – Elise Faulkner, Funny Tonne

“Highly recommended” – Lip magazine

Tonight’s guests are!

the wonderful Joel Creasey (here he is on the motherfucking COMEDY FESTIVAL GALA)

and Girls Uninterrupted (featured here on their awesome xmas shorts for ABC!)

Thursday’s guests!

David Quirk

James McCann

Nova ROFL Room

Comedy festival has been going for like 5 days now. I don’t even know. It feels like a lifetime already. My shows have been going crazy good, I’ve sold out a couple and might even extend my run.

I was asked to do a thing for Nova 100 radio station called ROFL Room which was sick balls good.

Of course I got sick on the day and was losing my voice. #festivalflu amirite. Anyways I almost vomited before I went onstage and I was just willing myself to get through the gig without spewing and it ended up being really great.

Here is me and my good pal Jonathan Schuster (who also performed and smashed it).

Jonathan Schuster Rose Callaghan Nova ROFL Room


Here is the lil video of the night.


Not my favourite bit that I did on the night, but still a great fun night for all and most importantly I got a goodie bag with wine in it and tooth floss and a bottle of water with my name on it.

Rose Callaghan & Mates Week 1 Line-up!

The line-up for the first bunch of my Rose Callaghan & Mates comedy festival shows are locked in!

I am so stoked about all the acts I’m going to be having on. If you’re confused about the structure of the show, it’s basically me hosting and doing jokes for half the show (in a couple of brackets) interspersed with a 10 min set each from 2 different comics each night.

If you went to the show and liked what you saw, the ticketing links for their shows are hyperlinked from their name.

Tickets on sale now HERE!

Wednesday, 26th March 2014
Kate McLennan (It’s a Date, Slideshow, Offspring, also my comedy mentor who introduced me to the phrase “bucket vagina”).

Brendan Maloney (“massive shithead” – Brendan Maloney)

Thursday, 27th March 2014
Geraldine Hickey (SBS 2, ABC’s The Librarians)

Jonathan Schuster (raw comedy winner)

Friday, 28th March 2014
Tommy Dassalo (little dum dum club podcast, eating sandwiches on youtube)

Josh Earl (host of a lil show called SPICKS AND SPECKS!!)

Saturday, 29th March 2014
Harley Breen (Adam Hills Tonight, It’s a Date)

Stuart Daulman (wizard sandwiches, raw comedy state finalist)

Monday, 31st March 2014
Nic Capper (“Don Bourke meets Salvador Dali” – Greg Fleet)
SECRET GUEST!!!!!!!!!!!! (can’t say coz they’re 2 famous but they’ve been on the radio a lot and are super awesome!)

Tuesday, 1st April 2014
Nath Valvo (Nova FM! The Shambles!)

Henry stone (JAYDOS FROM YOUTUBE!! Triple j debate!! Skills in Time!!)


Hosted by Rose Callaghan (who has met Justin Bieber twice)

Rose Callaghan and Mates Comedy Festival poster is go!

MICF 2014


Behold the poster for my 2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival show “Rose Callaghan and Mates” here!

It was designed by fellow comedian and one of my favE people in the world, Stu Daulman. He is a stand-up who also performs in Wizard Sandwiches and makes these rad videos.

He is also one of the acts who will be featured on my show.

Speaking of which – BUY SOME FRIKKIN’ TICKETS WOULD YOU!?!?!?

PS I also have a facebook fan page now.

Plus hit dat facebook event and hit “attending” why don’t ya?!


It’s been a productive week

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‘Rose Callaghan and Mates’ on-sale nowwwww!!!!

Rose Callaghan and Mates



Rose Callaghan performs stand-up and hosts a roster of some of the best comedians of the festival. Featuring acts such as Josh Earl (Spicks and Specks), Geraldine Hickey (SBS2), Harley Breen (Adam Hills Tonight) and many more over 11 nights – every show will be different!

See the girl that stirred up the Australian hip hop community just 7 months into her stand-up “career” with her winningtriple j Debate Night speech. Rose has also been featured complaining about things on The Project and invented the legendary #goslingwatch hashtag on twitter (frequently referenced by pop-cultural academic journal NW magazine). She’s been heard on 3RRR FM, and written for triple j magazineBeat and

A relatively new face on the Melbourne stand-up scene, Callaghan has already established herself as one of the local comedians to watch, debuting at Melbourne Fringe 2013 with the trio show 3 Little Gigs and performing improv at MICF 2013 in Our Friend Harold with The Improv Conspiracy.

In Rose Callaghan and Mates, host Rose will talk about her stupid life, tell funny stories & generally ridicule herself and others in between introducing you to her mates, some of the funniest comedians around. We’re talking people who have been on TV, radio and even…PODCASTS. It’s  honest, acerbically witty and a little bit blue.

“Rose Callaghan can suck the collective dick of the local hip hop community”: person on twitter.

“Rose Callaghan is a haggard old c***”: Australian hip hop fan and internet forum user. 
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Co-hosting Open Mic Life with special guest Adam Richard

Doug Gordon holds all responsibility for forgetting to take a photo and this subsequent photoshop disaster

Doug Gordon holds all responsibility for forgetting to take a photo and this subsequent photoshop disaster

A little while ago I was asked by my friend Doug Gordon to co-host his podcast Open Mic Life with him, whilst Dilruk Jayasinha was away. Usually when one of the hosts is away they get a previous guest to come on – and bring a friend of theirs on as a guest. So I got to go on and I picked Adam as my friend to chat to. Open Mic Life is a great local podcast that is all about starting out in stand-up comedy. I would definitely recommend it to newb comedians.

During that week I had been gigging with Adam Richard and Nath Valvo doing the LOL Comedy rooms. That’s a pretty sweet gig where you perform with the same peeps all week who are basically always big names. Previously I’ve done it with people like Dave O’Neil and Greg Fleet.

Adam and I have known each other for a couple of years through our commerical radio pasts. It’s an exciting time for Adam at the moment as he’s just finished up at Fox FM’s Matt & Jo show (where i recently worked with him – he was lucky enough to sit next to me) and has started as a team captain on Spicks and Specks.

We spoke about his 17 year comedy career, how he is no longer “Fabulous” more “Affordable” Adam Richard now that he’s with the ABC, radio and a whole bunch of other stuff. I’m really happy with the episode – a good mix of funny and informative.

Av a listen!


Open Mic Life facebook page

Back on OKCupid

Yesterday I reactivated my OKCupid profile. It was fun and liberating for about three seconds until the weird messages started and I remembered what I found strange and soul crushingly depressing about it when I used it before.

As any girl who has been on internet dating knows, many men don’t read your profile and will just bombard every woman with copy and pasted messages saying generic nice things. Yesterday I rewrote my profile, mainly for my own amusement. As it turns out this is a great way to work out if people have read your profile.


OK Cupid






The first section of my OkCupid profile:

okcupid profile with pic










I also changed a few other things including this section:

Six things I couldn't do without




After this I received a message from a guy in Kathmandu, Nepal (love knows no bounds).

OK C Message nice





I replied and said:

“you seriously think i sound nice from my profile?”

He replied:

“let me check once again
Yes you really sound nice lol”


I guess I have to level a certain amount of respect at this “if you throw enough shit at the wall, some it’s gotta stick” stubborn conviction and dedication to love and romance, but I do wonder if this ever works.

Melbourne Fringe Update

Tonight we’ll be completing our final show of 3 Little Gigs at Melbourne Fringe – the split show I’ve been doing with Arielle Conversi and Cameron Tyeson.

The shows have been great – solid crowds, including one sell out and a shitload of randoms – including people who follow me on Twitter. We don’t know where you all came from but we love you!

But that’s not it for my Fringe journey – I’m lucky enough to be a part of a few other shows.


I’m doing the Mile High Club with a bunch of legends. I’ll possibly be wearing an air hostess outfit from a sex shop that is for strippers.


Fringe Festival | The Improv Conspiracy – A Night in Chicago

This is with my regular impro group The Improv Conspiracy. I’m not a regular performer over Fringe because I didn’t have the time to train for this new format, but I’m super stoked to be storytelling on this night. The new format for Fringe is called the Armando (google “ASSSSCAT Upright Citizen’s Brigade”), it goes for an hour and you’ll get to hear a bunch of stupid stories from my life, which people will act out.

Improv Conspiracy - A Night in Chicago


The Late Night Board Game Slumber Party

I will be wearing pyjamas.

The Late Night Board Game Slumber Party - Melbourne Fringe

Debate Night on triple j

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Last Wednesday I got to appear on triple j’s Debate Night at the Espy in St Kilda. Basically they got together a bunch of comedians and writers and got them to “debate serious stuff in a silly way”.

The debaters were: John Conway, Dave Callan, Jess McGuire, Nazeem Hussain, Declan Fay, Luke McGregor and myself.

My topic was “Aussie Hip Hop is the best Hip Hop” and my fearsome opponent was Nazeem Hussain, who you may know from comedy duo Fear of Brown Planet.

Spoiler alert: I TOTALLY WON.

The next one will be on in a few weeks time – where I debate with Luke McGregor about High School and whether it was good or bad. If you know anything about Luke’s material you can guess which side they put him on.