This week's issue

The BRAG #714

comedy

The Spice Girls’ music has stood the test of time… their video clips, not so much

In our new Christian Mulls… series, Christian Hull reviews the biggest (and strangest) pop cultural phenomena of our times.  I’m a 30-year-old gay guy, so it would come as no surprise that from the ages of nine to 13 I was a little obsessed with the Spice Girls. So in...

Songtourage’s Dumb Song Night was actually really clever

As far as comedy acts go, an all-male a cappella group singing stand-up is pretty niche. But somehow, these five talented Sydney blokes managed to pull off a Dumb Song Night, leaving the audience in stitches with their cute but dark humour. If anyone was in doubt about what the...

Here’s the real reason we give to charity in front of our friends

We’re all selfish idiots. The Sydney Comedy Festival is on right now, and I don’t think I’ve said anything that isn’t somehow a plug for my stand-up show in the last two weeks. Every tweet is a plug. Every Facebook post has a show link. We just had Mother’s Day...

Buy this house and you’ll get a year’s supply of smashed avocado for free

It’s official: Australia’s real estate agents are taking the piss. That much is clear from a new marketing ploy by a Brisbane realtor who’s offering a year’s supply of smashed avocado on toast at a local cafe to the buyer of a Brisbane townhouse. The three-bedroom Sherwood home is listed...

Demi Lardner’s five-star Sydney Comedy Festival show sees her launched to new heights

Forget everything you know about Demi Lardner. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been following along with the self-described “toddler with a tough life” since her breakout as a star of Raw Comedy, or if you’re only recently converted to Lardner’s oft-absurd and invariably entertaining approach to the medium of stand-up....

Paul Foot’s bizarre humour was everything Sydney Comedy Festival ever needed

2017 marks 20 years since eccentric English comic Paul Foot first stepped onto a stage and began doing stand-up comedy. It’s a remarkable amount of time in a single field for any occupation, but it’s especially impressive given the nature of Foot’s work. He’s been described in the past as...

The Doug Anthony Allstars go down swinging at their Sydney Comedy Festival show

Doug Anthony Allstars’ Sydney Comedy Festival set at The Concourse in Chatswood was one of endurance. With Paul Livingston (AKA Flacco) stepping into Richard Fidler’s shoes as guitarist, only two remaining members of the original trio are left – Tim Ferguson, who developed multiple sclerosis in his early 20s, and...

Mae Martin’s outsider comedy falls into the weirder corner of Sydney Comedy Festival

The throughline of Dope is that Martin's mother once remarked on how her daughter has an addictive personality.

DeAnne Smith enters the ‘post-joke era’ with her no-holds-barred comedy show

It can be difficult to categorise DeAnne Smith’s approach to stand-up, insofar as she has carved a niche for herself without ever risking accessibility or reliability. With Post-Joke Era, Smith continues to blur the lines and forge her own unique path that results in getting the best of both worlds....

David O’Doherty provided hope for the hopeless at his Sydney Comedy Festival show

David O’Doherty plumbed the depths of human experience at the Enmore Theatre with his latest show Hopefully. The show’s title comes from his feeling of hopefulness that things (read as: everything terrible that is currently happening in the world) can only get better. The Irishman delighted his audience with anecdotes...