Summer at The Art House presents
The Listies Make Some Noise
15 Jan - 16 Jan 2024 Showing at The Art House Theatre
The Art House Presents
MAKE SOME NOISE
Written & Performed by The Listies!
as part of the Summer@ The Art House program
AN INSANE MIXTAPE OF SILLY SONGS, STUPID SKETCHES + CRAZY CLOWNING.
For over a decade the award winning Listies have toured the world doing shows for literally gazillions of kidults (that’s kids and their adults). Now it’s your turn.
Make Some Noise! is a comedy concert for humans aged 4-400. Join the maestros of mirth, Rich and Matt, as they belt out a bunch of songs with the LOLs turned up to 11.
Will they be in tune? Almost. In time? Not quite. In order? Definitely. Can Rich dance? Let’s find out.
It’s a party for your ears and both of them are invited! Hilarious, fabulous fun for the whole family!
As seen on ABC Kids!
For the Monday 6PM show come dressed in your cosiest, comfiest, and coolest pyjamas to add to the fun. The Listies will be the silliest PJ Party pals you’ve ever had! *Mums and Dads are expected to join in too!
Writers/Performers: Matt Kelly & Rich Higgins
Music and Lyrics: The Listies and Ryan Ritchie
Lighting Designer: El Edie
Video Graphics: Emma Valente
Sound Design: Iva Lottagas
Hero Image credit: Andrew Wuttke
The Listies are Richard Higgins and Matthew Kelly, a comedy double act who are serious about being silly. They formed during the latest Ice Age (2008) to perform absurdist comedy to elderly people (i.e. 18+) but switched to full time kids comedy in 2011, and finding it to be a wondrous and rewarding sphere full of joy, and have never looked back (plus the hours are heaps better).
To date, they have claimed to have written nine-ish award-winning & critically acclaimed live shows, collaborated with most major theatre companies and festivals in Australia, toured three continents, recorded four albums, and published two books with Penguin - and they have four books on the way. Though we only have their word for it. Oh, and their podcast has over 150,000 downloads but most of them are Matt’s Dad trying to work out how to use the internet.
On Australian television you can see them on ABC with their shows Art Blast, What’s With The Listies, The Listies Work For Peanuts, and occasionally in the background of outside weather broadcasts. They performed over 120 shows a year to tens of thousands of people all over Australia and the UK. Nearly all of them stayed awake and only some of them vomited. Recently, in what may have been an administrative error, they won the Best Children’s Show at the Melbourne Fringe Festival.
In the past they have received a Sydney Theatre Award, ‘The HarperCollins Best Designed Children’s Fiction Book’, and the Best Independent show (Golden Gibbo Award) at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, (and they are still the only kids act to have been nommed for the Comedy Festival’s ‘Best Show’ award).
“...an hour of rambunctious fun so clever, and so perfectly attuned to its audience, it wouldn’t surprise me if The Listies became the first children’s comedy act to win top gong at the Melbourne Comedy Festival.”
- Cameron Woodhead, The Age
“The only downside of seeing The Listies is that kids may be disappointed the next time they go to the theatre because it isn’t always this awesomely excellent.”
- Sometimes Melbourne
“When I saw The Listies, it affected my thinking because I really related to the comedy craft they were exercising...it got me a little bit excited to realise that when you are performing for kids, it’s just as delicate and just as sophisticated.”
- Frank Woodley, The Australian
“If the Wiggles are the Eagles then The Listies are the Sex Pistols.”
- Dave O’Neil, The Age
“Nobody else does Kids comedy this brilliantly, what’s more astounding is that adults have just as much fun.”
- The Age
“If your kids have never been to the theatre before, do them a favour and make this their first experience. It’s something they will never forget.”
- The Scotsman
2023 Won Melbourne Fringe Best Kids Show.
2023 Perth Fringe Weekly Award: Best Children’s event.
2019 Won Edinburgh Fringe ‘Primary Times Choice Award’
2016 Won The HarperCollins Best Designed Children’s Fiction Book
2013 Won Best Production for Children, Sydney Theatre Awards
2009 Won Golden Gibbo Award, Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2008 Won Melbourne Fringe Best Emerging Producers
Total Sell Outs Melbourne Comedy Festival 2019
Total Sell Outs Edinburgh Fringe 2019, 2017, 2016