For all her cynicism and cutting social commentary, there’s a delightful, sweet quality to Coombs Marr’s humour, which is peppered with cute dad jokes and puns. Are they dad jokes when girls tell them? Maybe they’re Marr jokes.

With all the weird new stuff happening, Coombs Marr is reflecting on the past as well as the future. There’s the more recent stuff, like moving to Melbourne with her partner just as the city went into lockdown (Agony! Misery!), and then there’s the older stuff, like the first time she felt she actually knew what was going on (Joy! Ecstasy!).

And all these important life events are measured by that most solid of yardsticks – the longevity of that bizarre comedy show, Puppetry of the Penis. Not an obvious choice for a lesbian, but there you have it.

In between we hear her thoughts on an eclectic mix of bizarre topics, all performed with slick, fast-paced delivery, some awesome mimicry, and accompanied by hilarious audio-vidual aids.

Since winning the Most Outstanding Show at the 2016 MICF and Herald Angel at 2019 Edinburgh Fringe, Coombs Marr has a well-deserved, solid fan base and they’re turning out in droves for this show – so much so that two extra late-night shows have been announced, at the Forum Theatre on April 9-10.

Get in quick if you’re going.

Event details

A Token Event
Agony! Misery!
Zoë Coombs Marr

Director Name

Venue: Melbourne Town Hall Powder Room | 100 Swanson Street VIC
Dates: 25 March – 18 April 2021
Tickets: $25 – $39.90

ALSO – two extra shows have been announced at the Forum Theatre on April 9-10 at 9.15pm


Related Articles

Business with Pleasure | Anne Edmonds and Lloyd Langford Business with Pleasure | Anne Edmonds and Lloyd Langford
Who knows if their stories are fact or phony? they work them so well together, I am laughing too much to care. Sneer all you like about celebrity goss but there’s something fascinating about...
We Are All in This | Tom Ballard We Are All in This | Tom Ballard
In lesser hands this could easily bomb, but the heady topical mix, the well-timed delivery and the weaved-in references to his personal life make Ballard worth seeing, regardless of one's political...

Most read Melbourne reviews

Master of the deadpan, harsh host of Hard Quiz, and heartless interrogator on Hard Chat, making...

Despite its seemingly bleak subject matter, Come From Away is joyous, hilarious, hopeful,...

It doesn’t matter how much you know or care about the legality of the Essendon Football Club...

Swapping 16th Century Verona for 1930s Hollywood, and a lengthy title for the short and snappy...

This play is that guest at your dinner party who, with one potent observation, generates such...