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Viewers savage Ten’s new comedy quiz show
Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa jokes about 'raping beautiful women' on HBO show
Chris Rock leaves Perth pub crowd 'in tears' with surprise Charles Hotel comedy show
After a near-death experience, comedy alleviates Sarah Silverman's PTSD pain
Melbourne Comedy Festival 2017 review: Joel Creasey's Poser has 'funny moments' at best
Melbourne Comedy Festival 2017: What to see this weekend
'The horror': Melbourne comedian's NYE Phil Collins burn goes viral
2018-01-01 05:05:57 He's one of the most divisive figures in pop music. And in the early hours of Monday morning, an Australian comedian went viral for poking a stick at English musician Phil Collins. Not long after the last (of the legal) fireworks fizzed out over Melbourne's skyline, stand-up comic Sarah Bennetto tweeted that she had "grave news" for those living in parts of the world where it was still December 31   Read More ...
Chris Uhlmann takes his stint co-hosting Today in his stride, joking he is 'the Karl you have when you are not having ratings'
2017-12-22 03:10:06 He's more used to taking down politicians in no-holds-barred interviews, but Chris Uhlmann has shown his good humour while discussing his two-week stint co-hosting the Channel Nine breakfast show Today, joking he has been "the Karl you have when you are not having ratings". Uhlmann filled in for the usual host Karl Stefanovic for two weeks, finishing up on Friday before heading off for a break over Christmas   Read More ...
Viewers savage Ten’s new comedy quiz show
2017-11-02 23:40:45 FROM the overwhelming laugh track to the confusing points system to poor Dr Chris Brown’s sweat patches, viewers responded brutally to Ten’s new quiz show Cram last night. NETWORK Ten’s new Peter Helliar-helmed game show Cram made its debut last night — to a less than enthusiastic response from viewers.   Read More ...
Comedian Tom Ballard on Tonightly and the politics of the late night talk show
2017-10-30 20:57:51 Ask Tom Ballard about his new comedy show and, fittingly, he'll give you a joke. The show, called Tonightly with Tom Ballard and airing live each weeknight from December, is actually being pitched as a (strictly non-partisan) "irreverent, fast-paced" look at the day in news and culture. It's part of a focus on comedy for the broadcaster. Ballard, whose work has always been self-deprecating, says he feels lucky and honoured to be hosting the channel's flagship show   Read More ...
ABC COMEDY: We're serious about comedy
2017-10-30 00:11:08 From Monday 4 December, get ready for a new comedy destination, on your TV, your devices and your social feeds, bringing together the best of Australian and international comedy and entertainment to make you laugh anytime you like, day or night. Subscribe now: Like ABC2: Follow ABC2:   Read More ...
Kathy Griffin, Laugh Your Head Off World Tour review, Melbourne Comedy Theatre
2017-10-29 04:07:29 Kathy Griffin: Laugh Your Head Off World Tour. ★★★★ Comedy Theatre, Melbourne, October 27. "I've got no agent, I've got no publicist," say US comedian Kathy Griffin during the first Melbourne performance of her world tour. She's talking about how her career imploded in the wake of her posing with a mock-up of Donald Trump's blood-covered head. After the pic went viral online, Griffin was sacked by CNN and had theatres across the US cancel her planned shows   Read More ...
The Season review: Cast brings comic brilliance to heartwarming comedy
2017-10-13 08:08:05 Rippling with earthy humour and family secrets, boisterous conflict and the quiet strength of generations, Nathan Maynard's The Season might have an unusual setting but its offbeat characters are drawn with such warm familiarity and authentic voice they inspire the same frisson of recognition you get from the best David Williamson plays. Every family has members and moments a bit like these, and every family has its own ritual gatherings   Read More ...
Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa jokes about 'raping beautiful women' on HBO show
2017-10-13 04:09:19 Footage has emerged of Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa joking that one of the perks of the show is that he gets to "rape beautiful women". Momoa was taking part in a 2011 Comic-Con panel discussion when he made the comments, which drew laughter from the crowd but not from co-star Lena Headey. The American actor, who plays Khal Drogo on the long-running HBO fantasy show, said filming rape scenes was an enjoyable aspect of working on the series   Read More ...
Australian comedian winner at Edinburgh festival
2017-08-26 20:10:34 London: An Australian comedian has been named joint winner of the Edinburgh Comedy Awards, a first for the city's Fringe festival in its 70-year history. Hannah Gadsby's show Nanette was declared joint winner of the Best Comedy Award with that of British stand-up John Robins' The Darkness of Robins. It's been a record-breaking year for Gadsby. She's won the Best Comedy Performer at the Helpmann Awards, the Barry Award for Best Show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the award for Best Comedy at the Adelaide Fringe Festival   Read More ...
Kung Fu Komedy: How Melbourne's Andy Curtain opened the only comedy club in mainland China
2017-08-26 02:07:55 Mainland China may have more than 1.3 billion people, but it only has one stand-up comedy club. Melbourne-born comedian Andy Curtain started producing comedy shows in bars across China in 2010, and opened Shanghai venue Kung Fu Komedy in 2015. Comedians such as Chizi, Dandan and Drew Fralick — familiar faces on Chinese television — cut their teeth at shows put on by Curtain and his colleagues   Read More ...
Jerry Lewis: Renowned actor, slapstick comedy legend found dead in Las Vegas home aged 91
2017-08-20 22:07:33 Jerry Lewis, the comedic legend who teamed up with Dean Martin before starring in his own series of slapstick movies during the 1950s, has died of "natural causes" at the age of 91. "Famed comedian, actor and legendary entertainer Jerry Lewis passed away peacefully today of natural causes at 91 at his home in Las Vegas with his family by his side," a statement from the Lewis family said   Read More ...
Chris Rock surprises with secret comedy club gigs in Australia with Total Blackout tour
2017-06-26 08:04:08 How much does it cost to see one of the world's biggest comedians perform an intimate comedy club gig? About $20 apparently – although the catch, of course, is that it's completely unannounced. Chris Rock has been shocking comedy fans as he makes his away across Australia for his Total Blackout arena tour by pulling in a couple of secret gigs at tiny venues   Read More ...
Chris Rock leaves Perth pub crowd 'in tears' with surprise Charles Hotel comedy show
2017-06-23 12:14:03 A Perth pub broke into hysterics when US actor and comedian Chris Rock took to the stage for a surprise stand-up performance. Bar manager Megan Thomas was working at The Charles Hotel on Thursday night when Rock, 52, dropped in and stepped on stage to grab the microphone. She said the 150 patrons — who had paid $20 a ticket for the regular Thursday night comedy gig — were thrilled when Rock got up to perform   Read More ...
After a near-death experience, comedy alleviates Sarah Silverman's PTSD pain
2017-06-03 16:23:23 Sarah Silverman almost died last year. She has regularly contemplated this unnerving fact in the 10 months since she received emergency surgery, having initially sought treatment for what she presumed was a basic throat infection. "It all happened so fast," she says. "It's really crazy that I am alive." The 46-year-old comedian's problems began with a persistent sore throat that developed on a stand-up comedy tour last year   Read More ...
Comedian Kathy Griffin apologises after Trump severed head stunt backfires
2017-05-31 03:18:37 Kathy Griffin's latest stunt has backfired spectacularly, drawing ire from progressives and conservatives alike. The American comedian was forced to apologise on Wednesday after a video of her holding a severed head went viral. The bloodied head had an uncanny likeness to president Donald Trump. "I caption this, 'There was blood coming out of his eyes, blood coming out of his   Read More ...
Oz MP knocks himself out laughing at Veep
2017-05-04 14:44:49 Graham Perrett, a federal Labor MP in Queensland, was eating sushi at home while watching the American political satire and "laughed at the wrong time" - causing him to choke on his dinner. He said he ran from his living room and "somehow hit the edge of my kitchen island", knocking himself out. The 51-year-old was left with cuts to his face, a black eye and required three stitches in hospital   Read More ...
Melbourne Comedy Festival 2017 review: Inventive comedian to watch in Aborigi-LOL
2017-04-20 08:24:37 Inexperienced comedians often mount their first, full-length Comedy Festival shows before they're ready. The inevitable result is 20 minutes of killer material and 40 minutes' filler. Thankfully, Indigenous comedians Dane Simpson (NSW) and Matt Ford (QLD) have pooled their talents, resulting in an engaging – though unchallenging – double bill. Simpson's jokes are gentle, often recounting stories of relatives' hijinks and misadventures; his delivery is warm and direct   Read More ...
Melbourne Comedy Festival 2017 review: Romesh Ranganathan delivers reliable laughs in Irrational
2017-04-20 07:23:08 COMEDY FESTIVAL. ROMESH RANGANATHAN: IRRATIONAL ★★★★Arts Centre Melbourne. Until April 23. Romesh Ranganathan's show is a reliably funny hour-long stand-up routine of observational comedy. He thrives on audience interaction, with his responses to accidental heckles sending the audience into tears of laughter. Ranganathan and his routine reflects today's young and middle-aged metropolitan populations in Australia and Britain. He too is struggling with young kids, awake to racism, well travelled, and happily cynical of the capitalist techy world we live in   Read More ...
Melbourne Comedy Festival 2017 review: Anne Edmonds mines poor life decisions for laughs in No Offence, None Taken
2017-04-11 06:28:06 Anne Edmonds' show made me laugh plenty, which is pretty much what you want from an hour of stand-up, even if two days later I struggled to remember exactly what it was that made me chortle. But I'm not sure a lack of memorable zingers is a terminal comic shortfall, as Edmonds is one of those performers whose charm – and she has lots of it – resides in her ability to make you feel you're in the company of a close friend, hunched over the kitchen table, a pot of tea between you, her regaling you with hilarious stories of how screwy her life is and you leaving with a feeling of relief that your own life is just slightly less of a mess than that   Read More ...
Melbourne Comedy Festival 2017 review: Rich pickings for this year's Deadly Funny National Showcase & Final
2017-04-11 05:17:29 For Deadly Funny, festival organisers stage workshops and heats in every state and territory to find the best emerging Indigenous comedy talent in the country. And what a rich seam of talent they've hit in this, the competition's 11th year. Established Indigenous comedians Sean Choolburra, Shiralee Hood, Kevin Kropinyeri and Andy Saunders facilitated the competition's workshops, and shared MC duties at Sunday's national final and showcase, where the mixed, appreciative crowd was treated to fresh, lively performances from a record 14 up-and-coming comics, as well as 2016 winner Jalen Sutcliffe   Read More ...
Melbourne Comedy Festival 2017 review: Joel Creasey's Poser has 'funny moments' at best
2017-04-10 08:19:17 COMEDY FESTIVAL. JOEL CREASEY: POSER ★★Max Watts. Until April 23. I might be on the outer here, but when I go to a comedy festival show I do like to see comedy. Maybe it is asking too much. The title of Joel Creasey's comedy festival show maybe should have been a giveaway that I wasn't going to be seeing comedy but, instead, enduring an hour of him telling me how famous he is and how many famous people he knows   Read More ...
John Clarke's 'incalculable gift' for sarcasm deserved 'Nobel Prize', say friends, comedians
2017-04-10 07:19:10 The local comedy world is in mourning following the shock death of beloved satirist John Clarke. Clarke, a regular fixture in TV and film – most prominently his groundbreaking political interviews with Bryan Dawe – died while on a hiking trip in Victoria, aged 68. His death has sparked countless tributes from local comedy personalities who worked with the prolific star, and have spoken about his enduring legacy   Read More ...
Melbourne Comedy Festival 2017 review: Daniel Sloss' So? is poignant, funny, charming
2017-04-10 04:21:47 I don't know if it is the quaint Scottish accent, the fact he self-identifies as an arsehole or the fact he will openly slam critics even when he knows there's one in the house ("When you are doing your critiquing always remember, I make more money than you"), but there is something effortlessly charming about Daniel Sloss. A seasoned veteran of comedy at the ripe old age of 26, Sloss doesn't care if you don't like his jokes, doesn't care if you are offended (you can't laugh at one bit and be offended by the next, he reckons, it's an all or nothing deal), and he doesn't mind ending his show on a low note at the risk of the crowd leaving the show depressed   Read More ...
Which new streaming stand-up comedy specials are worth your time?
2017-04-09 12:57:21 By the time you finish this sentence, another comedian will get their wings - that is, a new stand-up special on your streaming site of choice. Like a rapper at a strip joint, Netflix chief Ted Sarandos has been flinging money into the medium, enticing the likes of Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock to return to the stage with a cool $US40 million apiece for a pair of new specials (Chappelle's just released, Rock's yet to come)   Read More ...
Melbourne Comedy Festival 2017: What to see this weekend
2017-04-07 10:33:54 One week into the festival and comedians from Australia and abroad have hit the ground running, with more great acts still to come.   Read More ...
Melbourne Comedy Festival 2017 review: James Veitch gets real-life revenge on web scammers in Dot Con
2017-04-06 10:12:11 Young British comedian James Veitch would make one hell of an internet troll. But as indicated as he walks on stage to the strains of the theme from Superman, this mischief-maker is more interested in using his powers for good than evil. And comedy is better for it. Veitch's specific target is internet scammers. You know the ones: Nigerian princes, lonely Russian beauties and exiled political leaders who want to give you love or money   Read More ...
Melbourne Comedy Festival 2017 review: Rose Matafeo is your new Sassy Best Friend
2017-04-06 08:10:36 It's hard to believe Rose Matafeo is only 25. The New Zealand comedian, who recently uprooted to London, is so self-assured on stage one would be forgiven for thinking she's an old pro. Making her debut at last year's MICF, she returns with Sassy Best Friend, which sees her identify not with leading ladies from Hollywood rom-coms but with the supportive best mates who always have a quip at the ready   Read More ...
Melbourne Comedy Festival 2017 review: Frank Woodley is haplessly charming in I, Woodley
2017-04-06 07:12:25 Typecast as the hapless fall guy in his long-running partnership with Colin Lane, Frank Woodley has since blossomed as a dramatic actor (beginning with 2008's Possessed and 2009's Optimism) and a comedian. Solo show , Woodley is a gently absurd post-modern affair based around a series of imaginary, mostly disastrous "trial" performances leading up to this, the "real" one, interwoven with episodes from everyday life   Read More ...
Melbourne Comedy Festival 2017 review: Stephen K Amos warms the crowd in World Famous
2017-04-06 07:11:21 It's clear that Stephen K Amos has done his Melbourne research. But the confident comedy veteran didn't expect a jeer of "that's not funny" as he mentioned Cyclone Debbie. That front-row heckler would soon eat his words, as Amos quickly turned what he described as a "weird atmosphere" on its head. Warming the room to a point that another audience member handed him a can of Jim Beam and Coke on stage, it didn't take long to feel you were in company of an old friend   Read More ...
Comedy Festival 2017: Comedian Nick Cody’s favourite joke
2017-03-30 04:09:37 NICK Cody is your regular, meat and three veg kind of comedian. He is a down-to-earth, relatable, real, larrikin laughmeister. His charming, self-deprecating style immediately endears him to audiences, and his hilariously inappropriate I-definiteily-should’t-be-laughing-at-this-but-it’s-too-hilarious-not-too humour has garnered him a cult following of fans. At only 29 years of age, Nick has already headlined comedy clubs all over the globe, made his US late-night television debut on CONAN, performed at the invite-only Montreal Just For Laughs Festival and played to packed houses around the world on his solo stand-up tours   Read More ...
Comedy Festival 2017: Sketch comedians Aunty Donna in new show
2017-03-29 09:08:37 THE Farce is strong with these three. Australian sketch comedy act, Aunty Donna (Broden Kelly, Zachary Ruane and Mark Samual Bonanno), a runaway hit at last year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival, are back for another round with a new show called Big Boys. “The rooms we’re playing are a bit bigger than usual. We’ll try to make it look stadium-esque,” Kelly said   Read More ...
The Clean Comedy Spectacular - taking the dirty stuff out of comedy
2017-03-23 17:23:36 It's an equation that could spell disaster for a stand up comic - performing comedy to a sober audience, in the light of day, where swearing and any dirty topics are completely off-limits. The Clean Comedy Spectacular is new at the 2017 Canberra Comedy Festival, with a lineup of comedians performing a routine suitable for ages 12 and up. The show's host, Canberra comedian Tom Gibson, said it's a challenge he's looking forward to   Read More ...
Comedian Tom Ballard on Aussies who love a fair go - just not for asylum seekers
2017-03-12 11:12:53 PowerPoint presentations, detailed research and interviews with experts are usually the remit of university lecturers. But for comedian Tom Ballard, they're all part of his show Boundless Plains to Share, a 70-minute comedy lecture he will present at the Brisbane Comedy Festival at the end of March. "I'm like a lecturer at uni, except I'm cool, I swear, I show funny photos," he said. "It's very funny. There's jokes about me, there's a photo of my bum, Peter Dutton's ridiculous - funny was a constant theme   Read More ...
Comedian Tom Ballard on Aussies who love a fair go - just not for asylum seekers
2017-03-12 00:57:07 PowerPoint presentations, detailed research and interviews with experts are usually the remit of university lecturers. But for comedian Tom Ballard, they're all part of his show Boundless Plains to Share, a 70-minute comedy lecture he will present at the Brisbane Comedy Festival at the end of March. "I'm like a lecturer at uni, except I'm cool, I swear, I show funny photos," he said. "It's very funny. There's jokes about me, there's a photo of my bum, Peter Dutton's ridiculous - funny was a constant theme   Read More ...
Kate McKinnon showcases rough Aussie accent in upcoming comedy Rough Night
2017-03-10 01:58:25 Meryl Streep in Evil Angels. Daniel Radcliffe in December Boys. Elisabeth Moss in Top Of The Lake. That ginger guy in Pacific Rim. All horrible Australian accents. McKinnon, the popular comedian praised for her on-point impressions of Hillary Clinton and Kellyanne Conway on Saturday Night Live, left viewers side-eyeing her mangled twang in the trailer for the film, released by studio Sony Pictures this week. "I love Kate McKinnon but after living in Australia for almost three years I can say her accent in the Rough Night trailer is horrendous," one online commenter quipped   Read More ...
An insider's guide to the 2017 Canberra Comedy Festival
2017-03-09 14:16:56 A whole lot of giggles will be on offer when the Canberra Comedy Festival returns for 2017 from March 20-26. Want to make the most of the week-long festivities? Here's our pick of what not to miss: - LATE NIGHT FESTIVAL CLUB. Like stalking the talent after a show? Us too. We've heard whispers that the best way to have a drink with some of the comedians after the shows is to head to the Late Night Festival Club   Read More ...
How do you clean poo out of curtains? No joke, that's what parenthood leaves our comedians asking
2017-02-27 12:19:25 Becoming a parent is life-changing. For Anthony "Lehmo" Lehmann, becoming a father has been such a life-changing experience that his new comedy show is based around it. "It's basically a daddy blog," said Lehmann, whose son is just seven months old. New Zealand comedian Cal Wilson said her seven-year-old son always crept into her comedy material. "It's always about stuff that's happened to me and so he's provided a little   Read More ...
Gary the goat's journey from country comedian's hostage to social media superstar
2016-12-16 05:19:27 With millions of fans around the world, Gary is Australia's most famous goat. But it was a long and winding track that brought him and his owner together. Jimbo Baboozi was a comedian telling crude jokes in country towns when he met the animal who would become a superstar. Not politically correct enough for the city, Baboozi developed an off-the-map reputation in the comedy world for asking local publicans if   Read More ...
Comedians Troy Kinne, Stephen Philp try to get a ladder into Melbourne hot spots
2016-11-22 02:48:38 TWO Melbourne mates have stepped up to the challenge of slipping into Melbourne hot spots — with a ladder tucked under their arm. Comedians Troy Kinne and Stephen Philp put to the test the theory that carrying a ladder seemingly gave them the keys to the city. They sauntered into the kitchen of a “fancy restaurant”, The Sun cinema in Yarraville and even a Yarra River cruise boat in a   Read More ...
Sakdiyah Ma'ruf, the Muslim comic challenging Islamic extremism
2016-10-10 15:30:19 When Indonesian comedian Sakdiyah Ma'ruf was a university student she spent most of her time lying to her father about where she was. "He called me every night," she says. "And every night, at 6pm sharp I waited for his call to tell him I'm all good, I'm here with my friends and about to have dinner and then going to my room to study. "And that's not what's happening,   Read More ...