Scene News: The Butterfly Club responds to Herald Sun’s deplorable “worst MICF shows” click-bait article

Melbourne’s iconic venue curates a season of one-off encore MICF performances to support artists who were unfairly hindered by that one article in The Herald Sun.

On April 16 2015, just in time for the closing weekend of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Herald Sun published a list of “best and worst” shows as rated by their reviewers.

Next week, The Butterfly Club are mounting an encore season of MICF shows with a difference: each night will feature some of Melbourne’s brightest comics whose chance for an audience evaporated the minute they were included in the “worst” section of the Herald Sun list.

The season will feature performances from Miss Itchy, Claire Sullivan, Sean Bedlam (of Two Bearded Ladies) and Beau Heartbreaker. “These are bright, talented performers who took the financial risk of producing their own shows, and lost a fair go at an audience due to a careless editorial choice – they deserve better”, said Simone Pulga, director of The Butterfly Club.

“I personally think these are good shows, but that’s not the issue: reviewers write what they please. The issue is commodifying bad reviews to drive web traffic at the expense of people who can’t bite back, a shameful act of editorial cowardice”, said Mr Pulga.

The Butterfly Club, long renowned for supporting the careers of independent artists, have curated the encore seasons in a bid to raise awareness and support the performers. They call on audiences and the wider comedy community to come along, see the shows, and give these performers a fair chance.

Click here to see Herald Sun the article in question

Venue: The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place, Melbourne
Dates: Wed 6th May – Sat 9th May
Tickets: $20 Full, $15 Conc

Read What’s My Scene’s review of Beau Heatbreaker. We don’t agree with the Herald Sun!

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