Set List

Set List Poster


About the show:


Set List was originally the brainchild of veteran comedian, improviser and musician Dan Walmsley. Dan approached Karin with the idea in 2008 and they developed it into a show format with guitarist Brent Strachan, drummer Matt Mulcahy, bassist Kat Chish, rhythm guitarist Em Muiznieks and comedians Ben McKenzie and Andrew McClelland. Dan was on guitar and vocals and Karin was piano and vocals.


The premise of the show was simple, while the execution was tricky: the singer took audience suggestions for song titles, then improvised a tune and lyrics while the band played pre-prepared musical backing. Set List played at Trades Hall on three Saturday nights across the 2008 Melbourne Fringe Festival and the band prepared three different musical genres – folk, jazz and rock – for each night. The show played to reasonable houses but due to its complexity was never staged again.


Karin Muiznieks and Andrew McClelland


Press release:


Join cabaret superstar Karin Muiznieks (Give My Regards to Broady), rock’n’roll nerd Ben McKenzie (Science-ology) and musical impro genius Dan Walmsley (Musical Director, Impro Sundae) as they present their explosive Fringe Festival premiere: Set List.


Part homage, part parody, Set List revels in the nuances, characters and stories behind one genre of music – with every note and lyric made up from audience suggestions. We grab your favourite ol’ musical genres and pack them full of up-to-the minute audience suggestions to create an all new, once-in-a-lifetime Set List of songs tailored just for you!


Each night will feature a different musical genre – folk, jazz or rock – provided by brilliant local musicians, new character comedy provided by Melbourne’s best improvisers and a complete Set List of songs provided by you!


It’s the relaxed joy of your favourite band with all the chaotic thrill of improvised comedy.