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Comedy

Posted 26 Nov 2015 @ 3:47pm

The 2015 Cranston Cup Grand Final is here, and it’s the 30th anniversary year of Theatresports in Australia – for those who aren’t familiar, what should audiences expect?

 

Audiences should expect the unexpected! Theatresports is entirely made up on the spot based on audience suggestions, so audiences are in for a night of uproarious improvised songs and dances, scenes and...

Posted 26 Nov 2015 @ 2:26pm

ChilOut, an organisation acting on behalf of children seeking asylum, has announced a funny fundraiser for an unfunny cause.

 

A cast of Australian's finest comedians has banded together in support of ChilOut, with the lineup sporting the likes of Rove McManus, Dave Williams, Justin Hamilton, Susie Youssef, Michael Hing, Tom Walker, Rebecca de Unamuno, Cam Knight, Cameron James,...

Posted 20 Nov 2015 @ 5:35pm

★★★

 

Spicks And Specks went on its merry way four years ago now, and little has filled the void, save for its direct competitor, RocKwiz. Now, the formula has been lovingly hijacked by triple j presenter Kyran Wheatley and comedian Rhys Nicholson to create a live comedy panel podcast recording with pointless points.

 

It’s a shaky ugly duckling at the moment, but...

Posted 18 Nov 2015 @ 12:07pm

Arguably Australia's most coveted improv comedy event, the Cranston Cup, is now in its 30th year, with more improv action than you can poke a stick at set to go down next weekend.

 

Hosted by Susie Youssef and Jane Simmons, with musical genius Benny Davis (The Axis Of Awesome), the evening will feature an array of past Cranston Cup favourites The Old Spice Girls and “Sure,...

Posted 18 Nov 2015 @ 12:05pm

The Harold Park Hotel's comedy club The Laugh Stand has announced its final monthly program for 2015, along with beer and food specials to wash the comedy down.

 

Ben Darsow will be headlining the first of two comedy showcases for the month on Tuesday December 1, featuring Jackie Loeb (Good News Week, Spicks & Specks, Full Frontal) with Lou Pollard, Matt Lane and Ryan...

Posted 17 Nov 2015 @ 12:20pm

UK comedy favourite Russell Howard has confirmed his return to Australian stages... but not until 2017.

 

The stand-up star and television host of Russell Howard's Good News has a massive schedule lined up, as such a long-term announcement suggests, with his Round The World tour locked in for 29 international cities outside his native London.

 

By the time he...

Posted 9 Nov 2015 @ 10:05am

Comedian Judith Lucy has announced her return to the Sydney stage for a week this summer.

 

Lucy will be performing her stand-up show Ask No Questions Of The Moth, which won her the 2015 Helpmann Award for Comedy.

 

She has spent the year busily touring the show to sell-out audiences across Australia, following the success of her ABC series Judith Lucy Is All Woman...

Posted 9 Nov 2015 @ 9:45am

Comedian and local favourite Adam Hills has announced that he's bringing his latest stand-up show Clown Heart to Sydney this summer.

 

It's been three years since Hills has taken the stage in his hometown, having been kept away with his hit TV show The Last Leg on Channel 4 in the UK.

 

A sell-out at both the Melbourne Comedy Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival,...

Posted 4 Nov 2015 @ 3:35pm

In late 2012, the night after Tim And Eric’s run of two Melbourne performances, Tim Heidecker took to a swanky Melbourne haunt for a bumbling, chaotic and brilliant stand-up set.

 

Assuming a wry caricature of a conservative comic, Tim mangled a routine in which he fantasised a scenario where his countryman Donald Trump gives Obama a trademark “You’re fired”, long before any...

Posted 28 Oct 2015 @ 2:20pm

The Laugh Stand over at Harold Park has again brought the goods, announcing its acts for this November.

 

Highlights will include performances from George Smilovici, Luke Joseph Ryan, Marcel Blanch-de Wilt, Matt Grey, Andrew Hastings and Martin Henchion. Suren Jayemanne will headline on Tuesday November 17, with guest MC Mikey Robins.

 

A comedy gala will be held on...

Posted 28 Oct 2015 @ 9:42am

★★★½

 

Given the regal surrounds of the State Theatre, it’s easy to forget that tonight’s gig is part of Danny Bhoy’s ninth Australian tour. The Edinburgh native has become such a mainstay of our local comedy scene that he has formalised this association by becoming an Australian citizen. 

 

The peculiarities of nationality and identity are central to proceedings as...

Posted 27 Oct 2015 @ 1:11pm

★★★★½

 

The Just For Laughs Sydney comedy festival turned five this year, and to celebrate it held two all-star comedy galas at the iconic Sydney Opera House. The lineup of seven comedians included top-notch international and local talent giving us all about ten to 15 minutes of their funniest, A-plus material.

 

Celia Pacquola opened the night, making some great...

Posted 21 Oct 2015 @ 4:22pm

Brendan Grace is an old hand at this game, but the legendary Irish comic is far from sated.

 

His career in comedy has spanned the globe and seen him bring to life characters who endure to this day; creations such as mischievous schoolboy Bottler and the abrasive Father Fintan Stack from Father Ted. Grace also found success as the founding member of The Gingermen, and enjoyed the...

Posted 21 Oct 2015 @ 3:15pm

The Cranston Cup celebrates Sydney's burgeoning improv comedy scene, and this year is set to be a big one, with over 30 improv teams battling it out in the Cranston Cup heats and the celebration of 30 years of Theatresports in Australia.

 

This year the semi-finals competition takes on the title 'Game of Games' alluding to the game show theme that will characterise the event. ...

Posted 21 Oct 2015 @ 11:14am

Community fans rejoice: Joel McHale will be performing a one-night-only stand-up show at Sydney's Theatre Royal next month.

 

Best known for his role as Jeff Winger in Community, McHale is earning a reputation as one of the busiest comedians in the game. His recent string of commitments include weekly appearances on E!s The Soup, and 2014’s A Merry Friggin’ Christmas alongside...

Posted 20 Oct 2015 @ 11:46am

★★★★

 

Tonight, comedic duo Sammy J & Randy prove there is no greater love (or hate) than between a man and his purple puppet.

 

As the lights dim over the crowd on this Monday evening, keyboardist Sammy J dances onto the stage while his puppet companion, Randy, makes his entrance behind a strategically placed box.

Within minutes, their hilarious, crass...

Posted 14 Oct 2015 @ 11:34am

After decades in the industry, both in film and onstage, Omid Djalili has become a comedic institution of his own.

 

For the first time, he is coming to Sydney this month for the Just For Laughs festival, performing his new show, Iranalamadingdong. It promises to not only be a night of hilarity, but also one that will work to eradicate the notions of race and stereotyping that...

Posted 14 Oct 2015 @ 10:51am

It’s four days out from the end of the world’s largest arts and comedy festival, the spectacular Edinburgh Fringe, and Danny Bhoy is looking forward to being one of the very few comedians who won’t be evacuating the city come week’s end.

 

To the Scotland-born comic, it’s not simply home sweet home. From the moment he sat in on a late-night Lee Mack gig at the age of 12 – one of...

Posted 8 Oct 2015 @ 5:48pm

The Laugh Stand, one of Sydney’s most famous comedy nights, is shaking up its weekly event at Harold Park Hotel with Laugh Against Lyme, raising much-needed funds for research into the debilitating Lyme disease.

 

The lineup includes Andrew Barnett, Mark Williamson, Peter Meisel and the upcoming talent Cait Johnson, who tells us all about what’s in store.

 

You’re...

Posted 8 Oct 2015 @ 5:02pm

Marc Maron often talks about being a little out of his mind before an interview. Not media interviews, like the one we are about to have, but the hour-long instalments he produces for his immensely popular podcast, WTF. 

 

“I always freak out before I interview somebody,” he says. “I get really worried that I’m not going to have anything to talk about and then I have these...

Posted 1 Oct 2015 @ 2:14pm

Ireland's King of Comedy, Brendan Grace, will stop off in Sydney as part of his An Audience With His Grace Australian tour.

 

With a career spanning 40 years in the comedy game, a number one hit and various acting roles, Dublin comedian Grace is one of family comedy's greats. A master of timing and character portrayal, Grace's latest performances feature both old and new material...

Posted 1 Oct 2015 @ 11:57am

Your act is instantly recognisable for the plastic shopping bags you use to mask your faces. Do you do it to avoid the perils of fame, like getting stopped on the street?

 

We wear bags on our heads because life is meaningless and the only inevitability is death. It also helps us to have sex with women, because women love shopping and we look like shopping.

 

When...

Posted 30 Sep 2015 @ 1:15pm

Clear your schedules for Tuesday nights in October, because The Laugh Stand at Harold Park Hotel in Glebe has just announced its full October program, and it's an absolute cracker.

 

Highlights of the program include performances from The Doug Anthony Allstars (Tim Ferguson, Paul McDermott and Paul 'Flacco' Livingston) bringing their Till Death Do Us Party show to the Harold Park...

Posted 30 Sep 2015 @ 10:55am

Jimmy Carr will return to Australian shores early next year. 

 

A TV regular on the likes of 10 O’Clock Live, 8 Out of 10 Cats and Big Fat Quiz, Carr will bring his Funny Business tour Down Under, on which he's currently performed over 200 dates around the United Kingdom.

 

Over the course of his stand-up career he's scored the British Comedy Award for ‘Best Live...

Posted 28 Sep 2015 @ 12:16pm

In the wake of his latest release, Mandatory Fun, the world's highest selling recording comedy artist will come to our city.

 

With a career spanning four decades, Weird Al has won four Grammy Awards for his infamous parodies. The 'White and Nerdy' singer has turned his hand to some of the biggest songs from pop culture history including Nirvana ('Smells Like Nirvana'), Madonna...

Posted 23 Sep 2015 @ 12:26pm

The Harold Park Hotel at Glebe has announced it will be hosting a charity comedy night at its regular Laugh Stand in order to raise some much-needed funds for research into Lyme Disease.

 

Very little is currently known about Lyme Disease, and much more research is needed into treating and preventing its debilitating effects. The disease, which is believed to be caused by ticks,...

Posted 18 Sep 2015 @ 11:00am

A spotlight on what’s happening at the Sydney Fringe Festival through the month of September…

 

The show: Jeeves shares his personal story about coming out to his parents as a comedian, having left his career as a future doctor in medicine, and the dreams his parents have now buried of him being the Good Indian Boy.

 

The talent: Jeeves has been doing comedy on the...

Posted 17 Sep 2015 @ 2:03pm

The latest edition of your show features some ‘known associates’ – what can you tell us about The Line Up?

 

It’s going to be me working harder than James Brown, then when I go on a IV drip backstage to restore vital fluids lost from exertion another member of Australian comedy’s A-team will come out and rip it in half, rinse and repeat relentlessly. It will be like Mad Max: Fury...

Posted 16 Sep 2015 @ 4:45pm

When the operator connects my call, she asks if I would like to speak to Al Murray – the English comedian voted as one of the top stand-up comics in the world – or his garishly patriotic alter ego, The Pub Landlord.

 

Had I known this was a possibility beforehand, I would almost certainly have gone for the latter – after all, how often do you get to chat with somebody fictitious...

Posted 11 Sep 2015 @ 12:50pm

The Duncan Trussell Family Hour, an internationally loved podcasting group, are set to record a live podcast in Sydney next month.

 

Duncan Trussell and special guest Jonny Pemberton are stationed in the US and between them have appeared in a handful of hilarious shows such as Curb Your Enthusiasm, Adventure Time, Drunk History and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. 

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