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Posted 16 Apr 2014 @ 9:28am

Sam Simmons is one of the most singular voices in comedy. His outlook on life, his way with words and his imaginative scope is unparalleled in its originality. He’s about to perform his new show, Death Of A Sails-Man, at the Sydney Comedy Festival and when the BRAG spoke to him, he was also about to have a newborn named after him.

 

“I had the most amazing...

Posted 13 Mar 2014 @ 12:56pm

The NSW State Final of the 2014 RAW Comedy competition will be held on Wednesday March 19 at the Sydney Comedy Store. 

 

 

More than ten heats and one semi final have been held across the state, and one last semi final will be held on Wednesday March 12 ahead of the State Finals, the winner of which will go on to compete in the National Gran Final as part of this year's...

Posted 11 Mar 2014 @ 2:45pm

There were some seriously high expectations surrounding reclusive comedian Dave Chappelle’s recent shows, with a lot of hype surrounding his first tour outside North America after a long hiatus. Lucky for his eager audience, meeting these expectations was clearly on his agenda.

 

 

At the recent Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal, Chappelle...

Posted 6 Feb 2014 @ 10:59am

“She’s beautiful, she’s sexy, she’s doing her own intro…”

 

 

These are the first words that the audience heard before Miranda Hart danced her way onto the stage to a soundtrack that was reminiscent of a 1980s aerobics video. This kind of laid-back humour is exactly what I expected from the talented Hart; silly, down to earth and just plain...

Posted 11 Nov 2013 @ 2:59pm

Hannah Gadsby never wanted to be an adult. Not for fear of aging, or shirking of responsibilities. Rather, because it “seemed boring”, as she says in the dry manner that’s become hers. But in her latest stand-up show Happiness Is A Bedside Table, one of Australia’s hardest working comedians begrudgingly accepts that she is growing up.

 

“I'm having a go at it,” Gadsby begins. “I...

Posted 22 Oct 2013 @ 11:53am

Reviewed on Wednesday October 16

 

Felicity Ward's tight five to open tonight's Just For Laughs show turns into a not-so-tight 20, but that's cool; Ward is affable as ever as she embarks on something of a confessional. She suffers anxiety, she tells a strong Opera House Studio crowd, which makes it hard to add any body mass to her small frame. Or to make fat jokes.

 

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Posted 22 Oct 2013 @ 10:53am

Reviewed on Thursday October 17

 

Even for a Sydney Opera House audience, everyone comes over a little starstruck tonight. And fair enough, too – the closest Whose Line Is It Anyway? ever got to Australia in its heyday was Colin Mochrie playing it up in front of a green screen.

 

Touring alongside Mochrie is his on-and-off Whose Line partner in crime, Brad Sherwood...

Posted 18 Oct 2013 @ 4:22pm

Funny gal Hannah Gadsby’s got a massive crush on bedroom paraphernalia. Yes you heard right, and oddly enough the joy she finds in furniture has formed the basis of her new show, Happiness In A Bedside Table. 

 

Gadsby’s reasoning for why an everyday object can provide so much delight? It’s always stable, holds you most precious things, is there next to you when you go to sleep...

Posted 14 Oct 2013 @ 1:36pm

It’s easy to misjudge Rob Schneider. Best known for his vulgar and dim-witted characters in films such as Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, The Hot Chick and Grown Ups, Schneider’s often met with preconceived notions of his intellect and temperament. “The characters that I play are always slightly less-than, which is not necessarily who I am,” he says. “People get stuck, they have to categorise you...

Posted 14 Oct 2013 @ 1:32pm

“Hey A$AP Lachlan… do you know I roll deep with the A$AP Family?” The tweet that popped up in my notifications hours before my scheduled interview time with Kathy Griffin made it clear that I wasn’t the only one putting in research time. The inspiration behind my Twitter handle, A$AP Lachy, became the initial talking point of our rapid-fire chat. Turns out Kathy wasn’t lying about being tight...

Posted 14 Oct 2013 @ 1:27pm

For well over a decade Colin Mochrie’s shiny bald head has been invading the lounge rooms of millions around the globe through his work on the both the UK and US versions of Whose Line Is It Anyway? Once a self-professed loner with ambitions to be a marine biologist, the Scottish-born Canadian’s razor-sharp wit has seen him adopt the status of one of the world’s most adored improvisational...

Posted 1 Oct 2013 @ 10:14am

Reviewed on Tuesday September 24

 

Oddball entertainment doesn’t begin to describe the quirky and amusing hour that is Oddfellows. As part of the 2013 Sydney Fringe Festival, Oddfellows is not your average play; it’s not even scripted, supposedly. Jenny Hope directs comedy and improvisation savants David Callan and Marko Mustac in a peculiar mix of improv and slapstick while ...

Posted 1 Oct 2013 @ 10:08am

Reviewed on Friday September 20

 

On a blustery Friday evening, in a theatre resembling the inside of Noah’s Ark, Ireland’s overly-animated comedian, Jason Byrne performed to an audience of middle-aged North Shore suburbanites and faithful British and Irish ex-pats. 

 

Bouncing onto stage, Byrne’s unstructured and high energy set turned the crowd into the main...

Posted 24 Sep 2013 @ 3:16pm

The Enmore Theatre is sold out, and it feels like recess in the schoolyard. Everyone is ready to laugh.

 

triple j expat, Scott Dooley, kicks things off confidently with a short and sharp set, instantly getting laughter in waves. Dooles is the troublemaker on the playground, drawing his mates in with dirty stories and making fun of the cool kids.

 

Now Wil hits the...

Posted 20 Sep 2013 @ 12:25pm

Haven’t figured out what to do on the Labor Day Long Weekend? Interested in spending it with stand-up comedians Tom Ballard, Michael Workman, Mel Buttle and Patrick Cross? If you said yes, pen Saturday October 5 in your diary, folks, because these professional joke tellers are headed to The Independent Theatre on the North Shore to bring the LOLs. 

 

And this bunch certainly has...

Posted 13 Sep 2013 @ 1:38pm

It’s time for some LOLs because one of the UK’s biggest comedians, Michael McIntyre, is heading Down Under for the very first time. 

 

The “certified comedy icon” has had two huge years on the international circuit; McIntyre had a ten-night sell-out residency at London’s O2 Arena and his Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow series won the 2012 Nation TV Award for Best Entertainment...

Posted 13 Sep 2013 @ 1:29pm

Chris Lilley’s Ja’mie King is back and she’s bitchier than eva! After missing out on the Australian of the Year crown in 2005’s We Can Be Heroes and roughing it on the grounds of a random bin-infested public school in 2007’s Summer Heights High, the formal-coordinating pedigree is set to bring back the romp later this year in six-part series Ja’mie King: Private School Girl. 

 

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Posted 9 Sep 2013 @ 12:27pm

Wil Anderson refers to his new stand-up show as his own personal Dark Knight Rises – trust me, though, there’s a very good reason for this, and it makes a lot more sense than you’d imagine. Just as Bruce Wayne left Gotham to live in exile, Anderson spent the last few years taking his act on the road in foreign lands, perfecting it in front of audiences who often didn’t know or care who he was...

Posted 20 Aug 2013 @ 1:27pm

Where in Sydney can you find some of the best known local and international comedians performing under one roof? Stumped? Well the answer is in fact the Sydney Opera House. And that's no joke.

 

From October 16-20, the Opera House will host the annual global comedy festival...

Posted 19 Aug 2013 @ 11:11am

What a joke! That, friend, is what you'll be semi-comprehensibly muttering through tears once you realise you've missed out on tickets to one of the most anticipated events on the Comedy calendar.

 

Professional joke tellers Tommy Little, Tom Gleeson and Dave Thornton are headed our way to sprinkle their verbal tickle dust across a series of solo stand-up shows at the Comedy...

Posted 13 Aug 2013 @ 2:32pm

The good-natured Stephen Lynch never really imagined a stand-up comedy career for himself – in the beginning, his ambitions stretched no further than making his college buddies laugh. “I was a theatre major at a state university,” he explains, “living in a house in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with about eight or nine of us. It was a big old place in what was insensitively referred to as the student...

Posted 18 Jul 2013 @ 12:17pm

Ave Loretta is a eulogy to the deceased performed by comedian Michael Workman. 

 

The set deals with a young suicide, suburban life and conformity. Winner of Director’s Choice at this year’s Sydney Comedy Festival, Workman’s saturnine wit has many a time led his audience into wrenching laughs, whether appropriate or not. Waging a war against banality, this comedian’s got a lively...

Posted 11 Jul 2013 @ 12:26pm

You might think Wil Anderson’s a babe, you might not. You might think he’s got the comedic goods, you might not.

 

Or you might even be thinking ‘I haven’t seen that dude since his hosting stint on ABC’s The Gruen Transfer'. Doesn’t mean it’s going to stop us from telling you about his upcoming Sydney gigs, because we think the guy’s pretty rad. Anderson gigs at Enmore Theatre on...

Posted 23 May 2013 @ 5:17pm

Melbourne performer Jon Bennett believes in the power of the phallus like no other. 

 

As the star of his show, Pretending Things Are A Cock, it’s taken him around the world from the Amazon to the Edinburgh Fringe – all the while pursuing the simple concept of, well, snapping photos of imaginary penises. “Anything can be a pretend cock,” Bennett says, “as long as you believe.”...

Posted 23 May 2013 @ 5:12pm

Comedian Margaret Cho was born and raised in San Francisco, and from childhood, was exposed in the queer culture of the city. 

 

As a grown woman, she still grapples with questions of identity – as an individual, as a member of a community – and her new show draws directly on these thoughts. Entitled Mother, it sees Cho grappling with the idea of parenthood as it relates to queer...

Posted 23 May 2013 @ 5:08pm

Henry Phillips has the funniest material you’ve never heard. 

 

In fact, it’s quite likely you’ve never even seen the American comic’s name before, much less heard his twisted and hilarious songs. But the New Jersey native is relatively okay with the slow burn of his career thus far. “I’m doing fine right now,” he says. “I mean, I’m kind of frustrated to hear about what’s going...

Posted 23 May 2013 @ 5:01pm

Paul Foot is a man prone to overthinking things. 

 

As our interview commences, I ask the UK comedian how he’s enjoying his trip to Australia so far. Most would treat a question like this as idle chatter, but he considers his answer for a good long while. “I’m about five-eighths of the way through my trip, or maybe seven-elevenths, and it’s going very nicely thank you,” he says...

Posted 14 May 2013 @ 7:18pm

The independent scene in Sydney has been a bit rattled lately. With important venues like B Sharp and the Old Fitz falling by the way side, there’s been a sense of fear about where future artists would present their shows. But where there are artists desperate to make work, it is inevitable that venues will emerge for them to fill and the Old 505 Theatre, with its handy three minutes from...

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