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Comedy

Posted 21 Mar 2017 @ 5:26pm

Laugh Hard is a night of comedy and Theatresports that aims to raise awareness and support for mental health and suicide prevention.

 

Laugh Hard will be presented by The Official Top Ten Night, a Sydney-based group that focuses on creating fun and interactive 'top 10 lists' that support charity causes. Happening at the University of Sydney's Manning Bar, Laugh Hard is the group'...

Posted 21 Mar 2017 @ 3:34pm

What’s the idea behind Laugh Hard and The Official Top Ten Night?

 

The Official Top Ten Night exists to put on events that bring communities together, born from a love of top ten lists. It started with me and a mate sharing our Top Ten Songs lists and telling the stories behind the songs. We realised in that short...

Posted 20 Mar 2017 @ 8:52pm

For a long time, when a lot of people heard the name 'Prince', they weren't picturing the cover of 'Purple Rain' - and perhaps weren't even picturing Prince himself. No, for many comedy fans a decade ago, his name conjured up images of Dave Chappelle.

 

The first Prince-themed episode of 'Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories' premiered on legendary comedy show Chappelle's Show...

Posted 19 Mar 2017 @ 10:00am

There are many reasons why people turn to comedy. A broken home, a failed life of crime. Premature taxidermy explosion.

 

Perhaps they stared into the abyss and the abyss giggled coquettishly. Perhaps it’s as Eric Idle suggests in The Road To Mars, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will make me go in a corner and cry by myself for hours,” and it’s a way of healing...

Posted 17 Mar 2017 @ 4:00pm

Aussie musical comedy outfit Tripod have been performing together for more than two decades now, and if the last few years are anything to go by, they’ve no intention of winding things down.

 

Forming in 1997, the boys known as Scod, Gatesy and Yon are veterans of the performing circuit and masters of their trade.

 

It’s clear that Australian audiences still value...

Posted 17 Mar 2017 @ 11:28am

I started going to the gym this year because the guy at my local pizza shop on Glebe Point Road knows me by name, and that can’t be a good thing.

 

You don’t want the pizza shop guy to be your emergency contact. No offence to Perry, he’s a good guy and makes a good pie, but I don’t want him speaking at my funeral: 

 

“Cameron was a good man and a valued customer....

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 6:04pm

I was in an Uber this morning – sorry for bragging – and the driver asked me what I do for work.

 

I was too embarrassed to admit I do comedy, so I lied and said I was a vet. Then he gushed about how amazing I am for helping animals, and I just sat there and accepted compliments for things I’ve never done and will never do. It was embarrassing, but honestly, I’ve never felt more...

Posted 8 Mar 2017 @ 2:16pm

Comedian and radio host Merrick Watts will host the 2017 Raw Comedy final for New South Wales.

 

The winner of the state final will head down to Melbourne in April to compete in the National Final as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival on Sunday April 16. Previous years' winners include Josh Thomas, Hannah Gadsby and Adam Spencer.

Posted 2 Mar 2017 @ 12:50pm

The Harold Park Hotel will be hosting The Laugh Stand, a huge night of comedy every Tuesday this month. 

 

On the lineup for the month is a combination of international and Australian comedians. Australian comedy royalty Fiona O'Loughlin will kick things off on Tuesday March 7, the first of four big nights. 

 

Also on the bill for March are Luke Heggie, David Smiedt...

Posted 23 Feb 2017 @ 5:14pm

From performing small comedy slots to driving Corvettes with the President, Jerry Seinfeld's stand-up really shows how much the world has changed, and how much he hasn't.

 

After last performing in Australia in 1998, Seinfeld's announcement of a 2017 Australian tour sent fans into meltdown. Tickets sold out in minutes, some even being resold online for upwards of five times the...

Posted 23 Feb 2017 @ 2:27pm

Neel Kolhatkar is appearing as part of the Mardi Gras Comedy Festival Gala lineup at the Enmore Theatre on Tuesday February 28.

 

He also happens to be one of the funniest comedians in Australia, and certainly on YouTube. Now we revisit some of Neel's greatest hits.

 

1. That Time He Nailed His...

Posted 23 Feb 2017 @ 8:54am

Comedy legend Jerry Seinfeld will play a third and final show in Sydney as part of his 2017 Australian tour.

 

The announcement comes in response to (predictably) overwhelming demand for tickets to Seinfeld's stand-up shows, marking his first live dates Down Under in some 19 years.

 

The extra show on Thursday August 10 at the ICC Sydney Theatre is added to Seinfeld...

Posted 22 Feb 2017 @ 3:42pm

There aren’t enough nicknames in comedy. Musicians have got all the good nicknames locked up.

 

Elvis is The King. Beyoncé’s The Queen. Prince is self-explanatory. Aretha Franklin is the Godmother of Soul. Sinatra is the Chairman of the Board. Bruce Springsteen’s The Boss.

 

If I got into rock’n’roll now, I’d be lucky to end up with the nickname ‘The Assistant...

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...

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