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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...

Posted 3 Nov 2016 @ 7:28am

Jerry Seinfeld is coming to Sydney on an arena stand-up tour. 

 

The tour will be his first national appearances since 1998.

 

“I love the Australian attitude and personality," he told ...

Posted 27 Oct 2016 @ 12:33pm

Mate, if you don't know what you're doing with your life and you are genuinely just here for a laff, read on.

 

If you're too old or lazy to trick or treat, go watch Akmal Saleh deliver some painful comedy supported by Katie Burch and David Smiedt at the Unicorn's new comedy night. Why painful? Because you'll laugh so hard your insides will implode. You'll be a hilarious and...

Posted 12 Oct 2016 @ 4:59pm

Look at that picture. Just look at it. Any event with a promo picture this awesome has got to be worth going to.

 

OK, let us explain - there's a hilarious show heading our way from Bob Downe, the man-child brain child of former journo Mark...

Posted 12 Oct 2016 @ 9:54am

The weirdest man in Australian comedy, Sam Simmons, is breaking into the Sydney Opera House with his latest show this summer.

 

Not A People Person has taken the Aussie absurdist from Melbourne to Edinburgh and the US, and now he's returning to Sydney with a tasty collection of comedy awards stashed under his pillow.

 

A Sam Simmons show is anything but predictable...

Posted 14 Sep 2016 @ 11:51am

To celebrate their sixth birthday those funny folks at The Comedy Lounge have today announced a special series of one-off events.

 

Called The Headliner Series, the shows will feature several of the club's favourite acts performing extended sets.

 

Launching the shenanigans are solid favourites...

Posted 8 Sep 2016 @ 2:00pm

“Truth is stranger than fiction... because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn’t.”

 

So said Mark Twain in his book Following The Equator: A Journey Around The World back in 1897, probably not expecting that his quote would still be timely and pertinent some 106 years after his death. The story behind Red Flag, the latest show by Australasian comedian and...

Posted 1 Sep 2016 @ 2:03pm

To suggest that Jim Norton is a controversial comic might be an understatement.

 

The celebrated stand-up has even seen jail time thanks to his stunts, finding himself arrested as a result of a live broadcast entitled Teen Voyeur Bus. Not that Norton minds ruffling a few feathers: after all, for a comedian, almost any publicity is good publicity, and the provocateur is...

Posted 1 Sep 2016 @ 1:04pm

Andreea Kindryd is hands down the most interesting person I have ever interviewed.

 

Movie stars and celebrity crushes from my teen years past pale in comparison to Kindyrd and the warmth, honesty and frankness she exudes. I’m not joking: I genuinely wish that I could talk to her every day. 

 

Kindryd has also lived a fascinating life, one that would put most of us...

Posted 1 Sep 2016 @ 11:57am

Sydney Fringe Festival 2016: show profile #1

 

The show: Albert & Jameson: A Play with Vampires is a new absurdist comedy from the gang at Dire Theatre. The story centres on Albert and Jameson, a pathetic pair of vampires, as they explore the meaninglessness of life. The play is structured around the duo as they struggle with the three big E’s: eternity, enraged peasants and...

Posted 31 Aug 2016 @ 5:09pm

The hottest tickets on the Fringe…

 

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Jacques Barrett: Is Particularly Good At This

Where: Factory Theatre  When: ...

Posted 31 Aug 2016 @ 4:06pm

There are plenty of things out there in the world that can’t be explained: giant tracks in the Himalayan snow, shadowy shapes in Loch Ness, lights in the sky over Roswell, monstrous pink worms in South Gippsland.

 

But every so often, an intrepid explorer-cum-theatremaker comes along to unravel the mystery. 

 

Enter Melita Rowston. Back in 2013, The Giant Worm Show...

Posted 26 Aug 2016 @ 10:00am

The times, they are a-changin’ – and not always for the better.

 

Margaret Cho is all too aware of this, with her Twitter feed often bemoaning the rise of Donald Trump, police brutality and the continued mistreatment of LGBTQIA people. How then does Cho face up to issues like these while also maintaining her role as an entertainer and a stand-up comedian?

 

“I think...

Posted 25 Aug 2016 @ 2:00pm

By his own admission, Julian Clary isn’t having the most exciting of mornings.

 

“I’ve spent the last hour on the phone talking to people like you – though it could [be] worse, I suppose,” says the comedian/author/all-round media personality, with a laugh so dry it’s barely there. 

 

Clary admits he has had his fair share of unpleasant journalistic encounters, which...

Posted 24 Aug 2016 @ 10:30am

Many people are suspicious of visiting psychics, but for TV host and stand-up Alan Carr, having his fortune told might have been a shrewd investment.

 

After all, it was a chance meeting with a soothsayer that set him on his career path from an early age.

 

“The psychic told me that my future lay in comedy. This was before anything. Everything she said was spot on...

Posted 24 Aug 2016 @ 9:00am

If it’s true that there’s no rest for the wicked, Trevor Noah must be one of the most wicked men working in entertainment today.

 

When he’s not at the helm of The Daily Show, Comedy Central’s successful satire staple that deconstructs the news of the world, he’s on the road working as...

Posted 16 Aug 2016 @ 3:07pm

Triple j breakfast host and stand-up comic Matt Okine is hitting the touring circuit again this September and October.

 

The 2015 ARIA Award and Melbourne International Comedy Festival Director's Choice winner is returning to stages up and down the east coast with a self-titled solo show.

 

It's Okine's fifth live show, and promises ample doses of emotion and...

Posted 4 Aug 2016 @ 9:00am

Dean Haglund sounds like a fairly chipper guy, and despite the role that brought him international, conspiratorial renown, it’s easy to see why.

 

His casting as one of The X-Files’ Lone Gunmen turned out to be a sweet gig, but his long-standing passion has been for all things comedic. You can see this in the flesh at Celebrity Theatresports, where Haglund and a host of others...

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