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Comedy

Posted 17 Mar 2016 @ 11:14am

Get set for a month of side-splitting hilarity, and jokes about Donald Trump.

 

The 12th annual Sydney Comedy Festival is set to be the biggest and most diverse edition yet, with a slew of local acts to be mixed in with some of the most hilarious names in international comedy showing their wares across nine huge Sydney venues. 

 

Ross Noble, Arj Barker, Stephen K...

Posted 15 Mar 2016 @ 12:17pm

★★★★

 

“It’s about Chucking time that Strassman came back out,” I say to my mum as we enter the Enmore Theatre. She stares at me with mild judgement, and rightly so. Fortunately, the rock star ventriloquist we’re here to see is far funnier than I am.

 

One of David Strassman’s strengths is that each one of his shows manages to be simultaneously familiar and fresh....

Posted 10 Mar 2016 @ 11:56am

Tom Green is arguably the trailblazer of modern-day prank culture captured on film.

 

Before YouTube, Periscope, Vine and Snapchat, Green was terrorising unsuspecting targets with a video camera and his unique sense of humour. A quarter of a decade later, he continues to entertain audiences around the world, and will be bringing the laughs to Sydney on his latest stand-up tour....

Posted 9 Mar 2016 @ 6:42pm

The month of March is upon us, and as all comedy fans know, that means Raw Comedy – Australia’s biggest comedy-based open mic competition – is well under way.

 

After a long series of heats, the state and national finals are now imminent. Triple j breakfast host Matt Okine was a finalist back in 2004, having only performed stand-up three times previously – all during the...

Posted 3 Mar 2016 @ 1:30pm

Sarah Millican is a delight.

 

While you’re happy to sit back and enjoy most comics at a safe removal onstage, Millican is someone you could see yourself quite happily taking home to Mother. What is even better is that she’d probably take you up on the offer. Her latest tour, Outsider, is all about stepping away from familiar trappings and enjoying the weird and wonderful (...

Posted 3 Mar 2016 @ 11:12am

‘Hilarious chaos’ is the only way to describe an interview with the Workaholics boys: Blake Anderson, Adam Devine, Anders Holm and Kyle Newacheck.

 

The off-the-wall team will be hitting town next week to host two Comedy Central comedy nights as part of the Spectrum Now festival. Having four boisterous men being patched in from LA offers just a small taste of the insanity that...

Posted 2 Mar 2016 @ 12:45pm

The snappily titled Theatresports Cup Winners Cup is already shaping up to be a night of wits and wonder.

 

If you like your comedy snappy and surprising then get ready: the Theatresports Cup Winners Cup is hitting Harold Park. A night of improv presented by some of Australia's brightest comedy stars, the evening will feature prior winners of Theatresports battling head to head...

Posted 25 Feb 2016 @ 1:55pm

Order Up! Packed Lunch is set to explore comedic improvisation outside the usual conventional boundaries.

 

Featuring the whimsy and humour of Atlas Adams, Brenton Amies, Alice Furze and more, Packed Lunch is a brand new form of sketch comedy.

 

The brainchild of actor and writer James...

Posted 25 Feb 2016 @ 12:15pm

With over 30 years in the business, David Strassman and his hilarious brand of puppet-based comedy seem firmly ingrained in the Australian cultural psyche.

 

Unleashing his rock’n’roll ventriloquism on major cities and suburban venues alike, he made the craft popular again, and will continue to push the envelope with his latest show, iTedE: About Chucking Time.

 

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Posted 24 Feb 2016 @ 12:31pm

Rather than silence-enforcing, dewey-decimal-devoted officers, your local library will be home to a series of comedians and writers.

 

If you're looking for a good time, head down to your local library for a series of cutting-edge talks and comedy nights. Hosted by the City Of Sydney, Late Night Library will see a diverse range of figures deliver presentations on subjects as...

Posted 17 Feb 2016 @ 3:48pm

You’re set to appear at The Laugh Stand’s Comedy Gala, as well as this year’s Sydney Comedy Festival. What’s making you laugh in 2016?

 

I’m thoroughly enjoying all the people in Australia who don’t believe that Donald Trump could be elected the next President of the United States. Obviously these people have never heard of B-grade actor turned terror of Russia, Ronald Reagan. Be...

Posted 17 Feb 2016 @ 2:51pm

Think you're funny? Now is your chance to prove it to someone other than your mum and your drunk mates.

 

RAW Comedy, one of the very finest open mic comedy competitions Australia has to offer, is in the midst of its 2016 Sydney return. With celebrated comic Michael Hing stepping up and serving as host for this week's event, it's sure to be a side-slaying night full of up-and-...

Posted 17 Feb 2016 @ 2:47pm

The Aboriginal Comedy Allstars are some of the funniest folks you're likely to encounter so yes, you should be excited.

 

The Allstars have announced their long-awaited return to Redfern, with the supergroup of funnymen and women set to hit up the suburb for a single show.

 

The Allstars, a comedy collective featuring the likes of Shiralee Hood and Matt Ford, are...

Posted 11 Feb 2016 @ 12:07pm

You’re taking part in The Big Day, a comedy evening about the cringiest and funniest wedding stories. Should audiences be more prepared to laugh or cry?

 

Firstly, everyone at all times should be prepared to laugh or cry, that’s just life. The audience though, they should be prepared to cry from laughter.

 

Comedians often get booked as wedding MCs. Have you ever...

Posted 11 Feb 2016 @ 11:49am

Your biography introduces you as a “self-described sex clown”. What’s a sex clown?

 

I coined the term ‘sex clown’ in the ’90s. With my hyper-gendered, technicoloured persona I’ve been disarming the imbalance of power in a sexual, camp and humourist way ever since! I indulge in using sexuality as a weapon for social change and commentary, holding a mirror up to society’s sexual...

Posted 5 Feb 2016 @ 12:08pm

The funnywoman is closing her Australian tour with a special show at the Sydney Opera House.

 

The grand dame of comedy, Dawn French, is currently travelling and charming the country with her autobiographical live show 30 Million Minutes. Delving into her family's history, French has been receiving rave reviews for its hilarious and heartwarming tales and life lessons.

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Posted 29 Jan 2016 @ 3:10pm

Fat On Purpose? That's a stretch.

 

Fat On Purpose is a sketch, caberet and burlesque show with a difference. Presented by Mantaur, the former NSW Theatresports champions and Australia's representatives at the Theatresports World Cup 2015, it brings together an eclectic collection of Sydney’s best comedians and performers, all to be backed by a fourpiece gypsy-jazz/folk band. ...

Posted 29 Jan 2016 @ 12:23pm

Aussie comic favourite Wil Anderson is heading back to the Sydney Opera House this April with his brand new show Fire At Wil.

 

The one-night-only gig follows up last year's international tour Free Wil, a sideshow all about Australian politics called Political Wil, the DVD release of his show Willuminati, and the return of his smash hit show The Gruen Transfer to the ABC.

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Posted 22 Jan 2016 @ 1:27pm

Over the month of February, the Harold Park Hotel's chortle factory The Laugh Stand is set to host a stellar lineup of comics and jokesmiths.

 

David Smiedt takes the stage in the first week, Tuesday February 2. Described by Adam Hills as "A living breathing joke machine", he will play MC to Dan Rath, Andrew Wolfe, Runi Talwar, Kyle Legacy, and Sean Ticehurst.

 

The...

Posted 20 Jan 2016 @ 2:52pm

★★★★

 

Most critics view ‘authenticity’ as a good thing in art, whatever it is that word really means in such a subjective context. Well, Jimmy Carr is a fraud, and that’s his saving grace. 

 

If this dapper yet dirty Englishman’s stand-up were authentic – if he were really telling the truth about his life and leering habits in all these jokes – he’d have been...

Posted 20 Jan 2016 @ 12:24pm

Love Australia Day, but hate the kind of racist bogans who outwardly love Australia Day? Then this one's for you.

 

The Laugh Stand has collected together a stellar lineup of diverse ethnic voices for a special Australia Day gig that aims to highlight the sheer range of talents this fair country contains.

 

Hosted by YouTube sensation Neel Kolhatkar, the event will...

Posted 13 Jan 2016 @ 4:53pm

What’s the concept behind Blanc De Blanc, which is set to make its world premiere at the Sydney Opera House?

 

Blanc De Blanc has sprung from the magic of champagne whilst celebrating the hopeful abandon of the party. We are aiming to lubricate audiences into an immersive flow of decadent dance, circus, cabaret and art. The show riffs on histories of vaudeville and cabaret with a...

Posted 6 Jan 2016 @ 1:23pm

Comedyish: The Panic Series is so called because "nobody has properly finished any [of their material] and shit is getting scary".

 

The live comedy lovin' Giant Dwarf Theatre has just announced a new series of shows, and it's all shaping up to be a hoot. Featuring a host of hilarious acts, including but not limited to Matt Okine, Becky Lucas and Zoe Coombs Marr, the shows will...

Posted 6 Jan 2016 @ 12:40pm

The laughter strikes back! The mirth returns!

 

Comedy connoisseurs, get prepared: the Laugh Stand is once again set to slap a smile across your chops and will return to its home at the Harold Park Hotel. The January 2016 lineup includes a healthy mix of legends and up-and-comers, including Tom Cashman, Becky Lucas and Corey White.

 

The Laugh Stand will also host a...

Posted 17 Dec 2015 @ 11:45am

Can you introduce us to the individuals who make up The Blank Slate podcast? 

 

The Blank Slate is made up of three Sydney comedians and film nerds: Cameron James, the bad boy; Henry Stone, the dark horse and bad boy; Alexei Toliopoulos, the cute one and also bad boy. Each week on the pod we watch a cult movie, or a new classic, or a horrible bomb, and take it apart. We also do...

Posted 16 Dec 2015 @ 10:50am

The founders of Monty Python, John Cleese and Eric Idle, have announced an Australian tour.

 

The living legends of comedy will hit all major capital cities with their brand new show, Together Again At Last...For The Very First Time.

 

 “Eric and I had huge fun touring the States in October and now we can bring our show to the friendliest people in the world,” said...

Posted 9 Dec 2015 @ 1:14pm

The one-off Pillow Talk event from Dear Pluto will take place tonight, Wednesday December 9, at 107 Projects in Redfern, and will feature comedians, writers and other luminaries discussing their disastrous dating stories.

 

FBi Radio's Eliza Reilly, comedian Gen Fricker and Heaps Gay founder Kat Dopper will all be trading suitably traumatic details from their romantic lives, so...

Posted 8 Dec 2015 @ 9:00am

The Sydney Comedy Festival is back for its 12th edition in 2016, and for the first time, it'll expand to the glamorous surrounds of Sydney Town Hall.

 

Artistic director Olivia Ansell has announced a lineup of funny people from around the globe, alongside festival favourites and great Australian talent, for the 27-day event commencing in April (widely recognised as the funniest...

Posted 2 Dec 2015 @ 1:12pm

Mr. G's Summer Heights High Singalong will be light on the actual Mr. G, but heavy on laughs.

 

It seems that not even the allure of Sydney's most esteemed venue could draw the notoriously picky Mr. G himself - at least for now - but fans of Chris Lilley's drama teacher/relentless self-promoter will be excited to hear that his life's work will be celebrated in two shows full of...

Posted 2 Dec 2015 @ 1:09pm

The imaginatively titled Comedy At The Dock looks set to be a weekly night of laughs, kicking off on Sunday December 6.

 

Entry to the evening is free, and with six comedians taking to the stage over the course of each night, at this point it seems as though value is guaranteed. The Dock is a perfect fit for the proceedings too, combining as it does a warm, classy atmosphere,...

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