About the show:
2007 saw the beginning of Karin’s comedy songwriting career, and many of her crowd favourites – including Eurovisionary and Born For You – were written for inclusion this show. This was also the first show Karin created with the help of her long-time collaborators; pianist James Simpson and director Scott Gooding. The show was produced to coincide with her receipt of the Under Our Wing award for outstanding contribution to cabaret. Karin produced five seasons of cabaret at The Butterfly Club in 2007 and Better At A Distance was launched in conjunction with the announcement of the award. Karin was the first woman ever to win the Under Our Wing Award. Other recipients include Tim Minchin, Sammy J and Tom Dickins.
Melbourne’s headquarters of cabaret, the Butterfly Club, has declared Karin Muiznieks the winner of their 2007 Under Our Wing award. The award recognises new talent emerging from within the Butterfly Club’s cosy 50-seat theatre, with the intent to launch them into the stratosphere of stardom.
Previous winners include Tim Minchin and Sammy J, who have gone on to perform internationally while maintaining strong links with the Melbourne scene.
Neville Sice, co-owner of the Butterfly Club says, “We chose Karin for her broad range of skills. She sings, she acts and she’s very funny.”
A graduate of the Ballarat Arts Academy, Muiznieks cut her teeth on the stand-up comedy circuit in Melbourne and has since written and performed four cabaret shows at the Butterfly Club.
Her new show, Better at a Distance, plays at the club from November 15 to 18 and features songs composed by Muiznieks along with her comical characterisations.
The Butterfly Club aims to nurture Melbourne’s thriving cabaret scene and encourage new performers to consider cabaret as a legitimate way to get into the performing arts.
Sice says, “We are a rarity in that sense. We put on 600 performances a year without any support or funding. We do more for the art form than anybody else in the country.”