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Comedy

Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 10:00am

The 13th edition of Sydney Comedy Festival is shaping up to be its biggest yet, with a bumper program of hilarious acts announced on the full lineup.

 

Over 300 of the funniest people from Australia and overseas will come together on stages around Sydney, and are expected to draw upwards of 120,000 people to their shows in April and May.

 

Returning stars include ...

Posted 16 Feb 2017 @ 9:02am

Whenever you tell people you ‘freelance’, all they hear is, “I haven’t showered today,” which is as offensive as it is sometimes true.

 

The only career that gets more derision is comedian. OK, maybe performance poet, but comedian’s not far off.

 

Freelancing is hard, but even harder is explaining what that means to your family. Up until this year, my parents still...

Posted 9 Feb 2017 @ 4:51pm

Something happens around this time every summer, when everybody’s brains jam up like Hubba Bubba in bicycle spokes and you hear the same sentences again and again.

 

“How hot is it!”

 

“Apparently it’s gonna be 38 on Thursday.”

 

“Man it’s a hot one, like seven inches from the midday sun.”

 

How is it that between March and November,...

Posted 8 Feb 2017 @ 5:44pm

“Is this about Raw? Oh, sweet!”

 

It’s understandable that Cam Knight has spaced on the reason for his interview with the BRAG, for the much-loved comedian-cum-actor-cum-writer is in a constant fluster of activity – he’s just had an audition for a radio show, and he bashfully remarks: “I think it went alright, but I can’t say anything else – who knows?”

 

Yes, even...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 4:09pm

On at least a surface level, it seems counter-intuitive to claim that celebrated stand-up Gregg Turkington is on the cutting edge of anything.

 

After all, his primary comedic creation – a sweaty, snivelling lout named Neil Hamburger – is deliberately retrograde. The joy of a Hamburger set stems from how distinctly out of fashion Turkington’s brand of comedy is – how awkward,...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 3:57pm

Last year, one of my favourite American comedians, Hannibal Buress, toured his stand-up to Australia, and at 1am on a Friday night in Sydney he tweeted, “Hey Sydney, who did this? This shit sucks.”

 

I’ve never met Hannibal, but I was embarrassed. It felt like when you take a friend to a restaurant you picked, and the food sucks. And then the restaurant owner kicks you both out...

Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 1:21pm

Wil Anderson has announced his return to Australia with his Critically Wil stand-up show at the Sydney Opera House.

 

Anderson has been involved in multiple projects over the years, including ABC's The Gruen Transfer and the 2 Guys One Cup podcast. Over the years, his work has earned him countless awards and nominations, but he's perhaps best known for his comedy chops. 

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Posted 1 Feb 2017 @ 10:07am

Raw Comedy, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival's annual open mic comedy competition, is back for another season.

 

The competition has a track record of unearthing some of Australia's best young comedy talent, with past entrants including Chris Lilley, Josh Thomas, Hannah Gadsby, Peter Helliar, Ronny Chieng, Celia Pacquola and more.

 

The New South Wales...

Posted 31 Jan 2017 @ 12:43pm

Ho, ho, ho! Christmas may be well and truly over but it's still chuckles ahoy at The Laugh Stand in February.

 

Sydney's home of original comedy has some gems in store for the month. With the stylings of Michael Workman, Danny O'Toole, Peter Meisel, Peter Green plus a mystery superstar...

Posted 31 Jan 2017 @ 12:14pm

★★★★

 

The zany Otto & Astrid of Die Roten Punkte fame took the stage at the Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent to a fervent and excited late-night crowd. It’s a testament to both the passion of the duo’s music and the fan base it inspires that the audience was as big as it was, despite the hour nearing midnight.

 

Though the pair recently released their comedy web...

Posted 26 Jan 2017 @ 11:00am

The reality is that for a lot of folks out there, office work is inevitable.

 

Sometimes that ain’t so bad – those jerks at Pixar seem to have a pretty sweet deal – but peer behind the curtains of your favourite music label or theatre and, well, the commercial practicalities of bringing art to life can be rather humbling. Maintaining your sense of inspiration and creative...

Posted 25 Jan 2017 @ 12:31pm

Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld of web comedy series Jake & Amir have announced their If I Were You: Live Australian tour.

 

The former College Humor writers will touch down in Oz for two dates including Sydney's Metro Theatre on Saturday March 18.

 

Jake & Amir has won several awards including 2010's Webby’s People Voice for Best Web Series. In 2013, the...

Posted 24 Jan 2017 @ 4:38pm

★★★★

 

Felicity Ward may be the only comedian on the planet to be geographically billed as ‘London via Woy Woy’. By extension, it also kind of helps in describing her comedic approach to anyone unfamiliar with her. Ward's humour is well travelled, it's educated and it's sharp as a tack, but it's also bred from a small coastal town and never once shies away from that fact. 

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Posted 24 Jan 2017 @ 3:09pm

★★★

 

Celia Pacquola has made a name for herself on shows like Utopia as an effortlessly likeable presence. Her Sydney Festival show in the Spiegeltent provides further evidence: it’s amiable and amusing, though it provokes more smiles of recognition than real belly laughs.

 

Pacquola began her stage career in 2006, and that experience shows in The Looking Glass, a...

Posted 18 Jan 2017 @ 6:22pm

If there’s any art form that has had to consistently fight back against misrepresentation and misinformation, it’s comedy.

 

There are still punters out there who think comedians make up their entire routines on the spot, effortlessly, and the stereotype of the stand-up as a laid-back layabout holds a surprisingly firm grip on contemporary thought.

 

That said,...

Posted 11 Jan 2017 @ 2:49pm

Comedyish is back for its annual barrel of laughs that is The Panic Series, in which comedians (funnily enough) panic over the fact that they have shows opening in a matter of weeks and test out new material that they cross everything and hope to God will be funny. 

 

This year's cast includes Rhys Nicholson, Susie Youssef, Nikki Britton, Justin Hamilton, Becky Lucas, Tom Walker...

Posted 28 Dec 2016 @ 3:32pm

“Aww, you little fucko!” This – instead of the usual, “Hello, Sam speaking,” or even just the plain old “hello” – is how Sam Simmons answers his phone.

 

If you didn’t know Simmons or his work, it would catch you completely unawares. Coming from perhaps the country’s finest comic in the realm of surrealism, absurdism and the avant-garde, however, it’s just another part of his...

Posted 22 Dec 2016 @ 2:23pm

Tuesday nights at Harold Park Hotel will continue to be the home of comedy in 2017 as The Laugh Stand reveals its star-studded lineup for January.

 

The year will begin for The Laugh Stand on the Tuesday January 10 when John Conway and Matty B will be in to get the year rolling.

 

In the following weeks Ray Badran, Marcel Blanch-de Wilt, Steve Philp and Mat...

Posted 14 Dec 2016 @ 12:14pm

Sydney has a brand new home for stand-up comedy and it's bringing out the big guns. 

 

Located below The Deck Bar & Restaurant at the iconic Luna Park, the Sydney Comedy Club will open its doors in January, with Gruen's Wil Anderson set to christen the stage on opening night.

 

Darren Sanders, Mikey Robins, Barry McCleod (Scotland), Tommy Dean (USA), Andrew...

Posted 8 Dec 2016 @ 12:21pm

Well, this should be suitably bonkers. Shock comedy king Eric Andre is taking over Rage.

 

Whether it's offending celebrities, smashing furniture or eating his own vomit, Eric Andre always goes to the extreme for a gag (pun intended). Most well known for his surreal faux talk show The Eric Andre Show, Andre is the modern master of pushing the boundaries of taste and decency in...

Posted 5 Dec 2016 @ 12:54pm

Cult cartoon series Adventure Time is bringing its debut live show to Sydney. 

 

The show, featuring an absurd mix of a talking transforming dog, a punch-drunk human and a slew of other fantastical monsters and princesses has found favour among as many adults as at has younger audiences, noted for its often surreal storylines and characters. 

 

The live show...

Posted 2 Dec 2016 @ 9:00am

Sydney's biggest comedy event has revealed who will be making you chuckle in April and May of next year when the Sydney Comedy Festival returns for its 13th year.

 

With a huge lineup of international and local stars, the festival is looking to be one of the biggest to date, with acts like Jason Byrne, Aunty Donna and Dave Hughes appearing on the calendar. The full first lineup...

Posted 1 Dec 2016 @ 11:27am

At just over six feet tall and around 130 kilos, Melbourne-via-Sri Lanka comedian Dilruk Jayasinha is not one to shy away from talking about his size – he even once titled a festival show with the punningly brilliant name Kind Of A Big Dil.

 

So when the former accountant is ribbed and roasted about his love of ribs and roasts – particularly by other comics – he knows exactly how...

Posted 1 Dec 2016 @ 10:32am

Tell us about the concept behind Lighten Up and your character, John.

 

I conceptualised Lighten Up with the hope to shift racial perceptions in Australia. My character John Green is a brown Aussie struggling to define himself. He has dreams of being an actor but first must find a way through the racial and social dislocation that permeates his world. 

 

It’s a real...

Posted 28 Nov 2016 @ 6:27pm

Coming to town on her Lift And Seperate tour.

 

The self-proclaimed "First Lady of Comedy", Julia Morris, will be well-known to Australian audiences, thanks in no small part to the years she has spent honing her onstage antics and banter.

 

Her intriguingly titled new show, Lift And Seperate, aims to tackle the vague crappiness of everyday life, while imbuing it all...

Posted 25 Nov 2016 @ 3:17pm

And the list of names is a belter. 

 

The Unicorn Hotel has announced who will be onstage for the next three Happy Endings comedy nights.

 

Tommy Dean, the larger-than-life Arizona-born, Sydney-based comedian will take the headline spot on Monday November 28. Dean has an impressive CV with appearences on The Today Show, Good News Week and Sunrise. Some may recognise...

Posted 24 Nov 2016 @ 1:15pm

Sydney's Mardi Gras celebrations are getting even bigger, with a week of laughs scheduled to take place during February and March next year.

 

The inaugural Mardi Gras Comedy Festival is set to be a massive showcase of talent from all around the world in celebration of the LGBTQI community. 

 

It will begin on Tuesday February 28 with a huge gala lineup of guests...

Posted 17 Nov 2016 @ 10:35am

Khaled Khalafalla is a lot of things: he’s a stand-up comic, an actor and an award-winning cultural commentator.

 

He is also, by his own admission, most resoundingly not a morning person, and the pre-9am timeslot selected for his interview with the BRAG means he has to wake up earlier than he might normally. Even more unfortunately, it’s the second time in the space of a week...

Posted 11 Nov 2016 @ 10:00am

In a world as messed up as ours, it can sometimes be hard to find anything to laugh about – never mind if you’re a Muslim woman thinking about providing humorous release for the masses.

 

And yet, Sakdiyah Ma’ruf is just that: a hilarious Indonesian comedian intent on finding the light in adversity and releasing tensions across the globe via her unique comedic stylings. 

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Posted 3 Nov 2016 @ 3:06pm

The end-of-year impro contest is back with a Game of Thrones-themed evening.

 

The Theatresports final is just around the corner, and after two months of rigorous heats and semi-finals, the best Aussie impro comedy is on its way to the Enmore Theatre. 

 

The finals guarantee to show off the best new teams from university leagues as well as veteran impro stars from...

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