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Comedy

Posted 18 Jun 2015 @ 11:15am

It’s been some years since last we heard from Australia’s favourite physical theatre fruitcakes, but Shane Dundas and David Collins are back on Aussie stages with a brand new show that’s distinctly kid-unfriendly. When I catch up with The Umbilical Brothers, they’re just stepping off from a photo shoot where Collins is convinced the photographer is more exhausted than they are.

 

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Posted 11 Jun 2015 @ 4:57pm

If you’ve been plagued with secret shame all your life, then this is the event for you.

 

Confession Booth invites writers, musicians, actors, comedians and just generally awesome people to confess their deepest, darkest, most embarrassing, hilarious or surprisingly moving moments that were previously kept hidden from the world. To top things off, the ABC has picked up Confession...

Posted 11 Jun 2015 @ 12:19pm

For three performances only, Andrew Hansen and Chris Taylor will present In Conversation With Lionel Corn, an unsparing send-up of every earnest celebrity writer Q&A event you've ever had to sit through.

 

Taylor and Hansen are best known for their legendary ABC television shows The Chaser’s War On Everything, CNNNN and The Hamster Wheel.

 

However, In...

Posted 11 Jun 2015 @ 11:03am

For as long as there’s been stoner comedy, there’s been Cheech & Chong. With eight feature films and ten comedy albums under their belt, the toasted twosome are among the most celebrated double acts of all time, with legions of dedicated fans all around the world. Now pushing into their 70s, Richard ‘Cheech’ Marin and Tommy Chong are embarking on a ‘greatest hits’ tour of Australia,...

Posted 10 Jun 2015 @ 1:48pm

LA-based comedian Joe Mande has locked in a run of shows across the country for this September.

 

Best known to Australians for his characters and writing on Parks and Recreation, Kroll Show and Delocated, Mande has also risen to prominence in the States as the host of variety show, Totally JK. Now writing for Aziz Ansari's Netflix series, fans will get a chance to catch Mande in...

Posted 29 May 2015 @ 12:21pm

Acclaimed Melbourne comedian Tessa Waters is bringing her physical, gender stereotype-breaking performance to Sydney for the first time.

 

Waters has been busy performing fringe festivals all around Australia, even taking out three awards including the Most Outstanding Comedy award at the Melbourne Fringe. Bringing a mixture of dance, physical theatre and costumes, laced with...

Posted 26 May 2015 @ 12:25pm

An Evening With Kevin Smith will showcase the Clerks star telling stories and interacting with fans, alongside his long-time accomplice Jason Mewes.

 

The pair will reprise their cult roles as Jay and Silent Bob for a one act show entitled Jay and Silent Bob Get Old. The latter half of the evening will comprise of a Q&A session, in which Smith will share his knowledge as a...

Posted 24 May 2015 @ 3:39pm

One of the biggest comedians in the world will return to Australian shores later this year.

 

Having shot to global fame when he was seen in the Judd Apatow-produced comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall, over the course of his career Brand has starred in Arthur, Get Him To The Greek and Rock Of Ages, written many books including The New York Times best-seller My Booky Wook: A Memoir...

Posted 19 May 2015 @ 12:20pm

Having left his former career as a banking and finance lawyer to pursue comedy full-time, James Smith made the challenging move from Sydney to Manhattan to try to make it in one of the world’s great comedy meccas.

 

Within a month of landing in the US, Smith had secured his first paying gig. Five years later, he was performing at the renowned Comedy Cellar between Chris Rock and...

Posted 19 May 2015 @ 12:09pm

It’s a truly heartbreaking moment when one of your favourite acts cancels their show citing “unforeseen circumstances” as the cause. Personal speculations begin to arise, and after browsing the interweb for answers, it becomes even more heartbreaking when it emerges, after noting that said band’s Friday and Saturday evening shows haven’t yet sold out, that the lack of sales may be that...

Posted 19 May 2015 @ 10:54am

It’s a tale that’s been passed down across the ages. The story of two brothers who have lost the big roller disco championship every year. Despite their passion, and one of them having robot legs, they can’t ever seem to beat the ethnically ambiguous Matthews twins.

 

What’s the pair to do but explore the challenge through a metaphorical South American parable? Only this lesson...

Posted 15 May 2015 @ 2:06pm

The Laugh Stand is joining forces with Tiffany Wallis to raise funds for the Lisa Harnum Foundation.

 

The foundation, named after Lisa Harnum, who was tragically murdered by her fiancé, aims to raise awareness and funds for victims of domestic violence. The night will kick off with a round of trivia and prize giveaways and will later feature comedians such as Stand Up Australia'...

Posted 13 May 2015 @ 4:02pm

Critically acclaimed comedians Aunty Donna are bringing their show to Sydney in June.

 

After selling out their season at this year's Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the trio are ready to wow Sydney audiences with their unique brand of absurdist comedy.

 

Mark Samual Bonanno, Broden Kelly and Zachary Ruane make up the Aunty Donnas, and their loud and...

Posted 13 May 2015 @ 2:04pm

The Thrilling Adventure Hour is doing a brief tour Down Under, and stopping off in Sydney this week.

 

The concept of The Thrilling Adventure Hour is built upon the premise of old-time radio shows. Running since March 2005, the monthly show is coming to Sydney, as well as Auckland and Wellington, with some of its premier performers.

 

Joining the tour will be Paul F...

Posted 12 May 2015 @ 2:30pm

The traditional notion of magic was literally stripped away as The Naked Magicians, Mike Tyler and Christopher Wayne, bared all at The Concourse in Chatswood. This wasn’t a show for children or those easily shocked. As Magic Mike said himself, “If you’re offended by R-rated material, please take this opportunity to fuck off.”

 

I can assure you that this was no illusion; these...

Posted 12 May 2015 @ 1:54pm

All Jeff Green wants is to make us smile, and funnily enough he’s accomplished it by analysing his own pursuit of happiness. In a brand new show, and for one night only as part of this year’s Sydney Comedy Festival, Green examined his own feelings of contentment, joy and pleasure with (at times) outrageous but mostly hilarious results.

 

With three working bars at the venue,...

Posted 11 May 2015 @ 1:57pm

Due to popular demand, Sam Simmons will be returning to Sydney to perform his award-winning show, Spaghetti For Breakfast.

 

The funnyman will be stopping in on his way from London to LA to make you giggle as he searches for the perfect poached egg.

 

Spaghetti For Breakfast took out the Best Show at this year's Melbourne International Comedy Festival, so it's...

Posted 11 May 2015 @ 1:56pm

Beoved comedian Anh Do is bringing his latest show, The Happiest Refugee, to Sydney in June.

 

The show combines humour, real life stories, photos and film to recreate Do's story onstage.

 

Anh Do arrived in Australia by boat 25 years ago, along with 47 other Vietnamese refugees. His story is touching, inspiring and told with a sense of humour. His struggles as a...

Posted 8 May 2015 @ 4:04pm

One of Australia's biggest comedy festival is heading to Sydney to showcase some of its best, knee-slapping comedians.

 

The Roadshow will head to over 75 destinations within Australia and the world featuring some of Australia's biggest acts as well as international acts like the award-winning comic Harley Breen as MC and Lloyd Langford.

 

Langford has played...

Posted 8 May 2015 @ 11:00am

The BRAG’s got a soft spot for Sammy J & Randy. Pure immaturity doesn’t get much better than a show from the skinny guy and the rude purple puppet. Their Sydney Comedy Festival show, An Evening with Sammy J & Randy, promises more stupid tunes and silliness. 

 

Sammy J & Randy are just finishing up filming their new TV series, which has been three years in the making,...

Posted 6 May 2015 @ 2:23pm

Australia's smartest, but also most casual, comedy duo is Smart Casual.

 

Brothers Fletcher Jones and Roger David write songs about life – and their lives just seem to be a little funnier than most. Their clever quips and beautiful harmonies go hand in hand to impress audiences.

 

Their unique approach to their art form allows them to fit in perfectly at music...

Posted 6 May 2015 @ 10:00am

“We have a saying in the show,” says Mike Tyler. “Good magicians don’t need sleeves and good magicians don’t need pants.”

 

The Naked Magicians, made up of Tyler and Christopher Wayne, will be whipping out their wands this week as part of the Sydney Comedy Festival and conjuring their own special brand of magic. They’re subverting the tradition of magic shows to deliver something...

Posted 4 May 2015 @ 3:28pm

The brainchild of Hannah and Eliza Reilly is back for another month of schoolyard shenanigans.

 

Yarramadoon Public School likes to debate the real stuff. A panel of comedians will conduct countless hours of research, staying at the Yarramadoon Public School Library well after the three o'clock bell. The hot topic in the playground this month is the ever important 'Cats vs. Dogs...

Posted 4 May 2015 @ 9:17am

John Oliver will embark on a standup tour of Australia later this year.

 

Both an Emmy and Writer’s Guild Award winning writer, Oliver was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, and earlier this year his show on HBO Last Week Tonight with John Oliver won a Peabody Award.

Posted 2 May 2015 @ 10:30am

I’ve seen Damien Power’s dick. It was Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2013 and Power had just begun his jaw-dropping conclusion about society and the media. Moments later, it became a pants-dropping conclusion, and his show was eventually nominated for the Best Newcomer award. You walked out of his show with your views challenged. And his latest show, I Can’t Believe I Cared, seems...

Posted 30 Apr 2015 @ 3:30pm

At the time of our interview, Steen Raskopoulos is in the UK filming Top Coppers – a ’70s cop comedy – alongside an upcoming star of international comedy, the bizarre John Kearns. Working alongside Kearns and The Mighty Boosh’s Rich Fulcher is a huge deal for Raskopoulos, but it’s not as if anyone is surprised by his success following his 2013 Best Newcomer nomination at the Melbourne...

Posted 30 Apr 2015 @ 11:00am

Comedy connoisseurs know that one of the jobs of the genre is to break down barriers and challenge misconceptions through laughter. Last year, the Sydney Comedy Festival’s Just A Bit… Funny show did exactly that. Put together under the banner of Riverside Theatres’ Beyond The Square program, the night highlighted what is arguably the last known taboo for comedians to mine – disability. The...

Posted 29 Apr 2015 @ 11:08am

The Harold Park Hotel in Glebe will be home to the Laugh Stand again next month, with new and established comedy talent taking the stage every Tuesday.

 

The original home of comedy in Sydney has your Tuesday evenings sorted for the entire month of May. Warm yourself up with two for one meal deals and $5 beer specials, then go and give your stomach muscles a workout with a...

Posted 28 Apr 2015 @ 12:10pm

When you are The Moon, you can pretty much guarantee you’re going to sell out a room.

 

From the moment you amble past the splendid trimmings of the State Theatre to your seat (I swear, the statuary changes shape while no-one is looking), that ‘alabaster retard’ himself is hovering above stage, amping our anticipation for the surreal and placing us firmly in the landscape of The...

Posted 27 Apr 2015 @ 6:02pm

Stephen K Amos’ first Sydney show for his Welcome To My World Tour was a loose and casual affair from a man who sounds like he should be wearing a cravat.

 

You got the sense that this suave and trendy Englishman enjoyed being personal and revelled in the fact that everyone – at least for the most part – seemed to get on board and laugh at his observational and conversational...

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