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Australia, who the bloody hell are we? Comedy Event in Sydney

The campaign for Australian Aid has been a force to be reckoned with – creating amazing and unique ways to get Australian Aid back on the agenda. We have so much in this country – I know you may feel you are struggling, but on a World scale, you have no ideas. I’m blessed to have had the opportunity to travel and to see upon reflection how fortunate we really are.

What we don’t understand, is that by helping others, we in turn reduce the risks to Australia both financially and often in the health sector. I.e. by working to reduce instances of disease and prevent the spread, the cost is less and there is a lower chance that it would reach Australia.

Anywho, this post is about an incredible comedy event on TONIGHT (sorry for the late notice) in Sydney. Here’s the details and I hope you can get along and learn more about how we can do more for others.

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Sydney Comedy Gala Screening: Australia, Who the Bloody Hell Are We?

A variety show and film screening of the Campaign for Australian Aid’s Australia, Who the Bloody Hell Are We? Comedy Gala, will take place at Giant Dwarf Theatre this Thursday 13 Oc- tober.

The live show will feature renowned comedians Osamah Sami, Josh Hawkins, Emma Malik, Na- tional slam poet champion Philip Wilcox and and Triple J Unearthed artist Julie Kerr. It will be hosted by actress/model Imogen Bailey.

The screening will showcase highlights from the Australia, Who the Bloody Hell Are We? Com- edy Gala that was held in Melbourne last week. The Melbourne Gala was hosted by the award- winning Tom Ballard who was joined by 11 of Australia’s most talented acts including Tripod, Nelly Thomas and Shiralee Hood. The event encourages people to place our national identity, values and global citizenship under the microscope.

“Comedy is a great way to analyse Australia’s place in the world, while focusing on what unites us rather than what divides us. Comedy is a great way to look at Australia’s performance as a global citizen, while also examining a number of pressing challenges such as inequality and cli- mate change,” said Ricky Keung, Sydney’s State Organiser for the Campaign for Australian Aid.

Appearing live:

Imogen Bailey – Host
Osamah Sami – Comedian
Emma Malik – Comedian
Josh Hawkins – YouTube Personality Philip Wilcox – National Slam Poet Champ Julie Kerr – Triple J Unearthed Artist

Screening talent list:

Tom Ballard (Host) Nelly Thomas Tripod
Shiralee Hood Geraldine Hickey Umit Bali

Laura Davis Osamah Sami Michael Chamberlin Busty Beatz
Randy (the Puppet) Demi Lardner

Event details:

Event: Australia, Who the Bloody Hell Are We? Adelaide Comedy Gala
Location: Giant Dwarf Theatre, 199 Cleveland Street, Redfern, NSW 2016
Time: 6pm arrival for a 7pm start

Event hashtag: #WhoAreWe

 

About Campaign for Australian Aid

The Campaign for Australian Aid is a movement of people, organisations, communities and businesses who believe that our country can and should do more to help build a better, fairer future for all. It represents over 65 aid and development organisations, church, business and community groups.

 

 


Cath Styles in SHIFT at Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2016

EXCITING TIMES! My gorgeous and talented friend Cath is back at Melbourne International Comedy Festival with a brand new show, SHIFT!

I’ve always found it fascinating how Cath juggles her professional career psychiatric nursing, with her passion and love for comedy. She nails both but add in family, friends, and life as well as your two work lives…. things get interesting.

It’s on from 5-17th April and we’ve got 2 x Double Passes to giveaway.

Tell us when and how you have lived a double life?

You can pick the date you would like to attend – just answer in the comments below!

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We invite you to explore the craziness of a way of life where strange is normal, and normal is strange as Cath Styles presents her new show SHIFT at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2016.

Cath Styles has been a psychiatric nurse for 25 years, and a comedian for 10. Between the nights, evenings, weekends and holidays she’s worked in both jobs, she’s never had a weekend off. Ever! Shift is the show where both her worlds collide, and explores her on again, off again, love affair with her (paying!) job.

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No stranger to finding the funny in the dark and bizarre, the creator of festival favourite Darkness and Light blends stand-up and storytelling to tell touching, and twisted tales of her enduring 25 year fling with psych nursing.

The show will run from April 5 to 17 at The Downstairs Lounge at the Grand Mercure Hotel at 6.30pm. Details for…

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Kirsty Mac presents MANFLU at Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2016

Kirsty Mac is bold, unapologetic and damn funny. She’s bringing her new show to Melbourne and it opens tonight. Manflu!

I’ve seen a number of Kirsty’s performance and love her wit, way with words and her ability to bring the laughs with the most serious of subject matter.

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A bit more about the show:

What is MANFLU? Have you had it? Is it contagious? But most importantly, could it be messing with your mojo…

MANFLU is all about the history of the patriarchy and the systemic history of oppression for all genders. Stories and jokes about domestic violence, pick-up artists, mens rights activists and how Kirsty Mac is beating them all at their own game. ‘But if you’re expecting a man-hating diatribe that’s only after smiles of solidarity from sisters in the audience, you’re going to be disappointed.

‘Raucous and rude, sweary and sexy. ★★★★’ Sunday Herald (UK)

‘Mac succeeds in taking on the world. ★★★★’ Herald Sun

Venue: Speakeasy HQ, 522 Flinders Street

Dates: 31st March & 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th of April

Time: 7.00pm

Get your tickets: Trybooking and at the door http://www.trybooking.com/KCHQ

 

Also!!! The Venue, Speakyeasy HQ, have a special drinks offer on! See the post:

Speakeasy HQ is excited to announce the launch of a new cocktail shooter “INOCULATION”! 

The shooter is being launched alongside the hilariously sassy Kirsty Mac is Feminazi new Melbourne International Comedy Festival show, Manflu!

Come and see the show, and get your flu shot today!!

The show will be launching tomorrow, with 12 shows in total – 31 Mar – 17 Apr

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Lauren Bok presents Is that A Burrito In Your Pocket Or Are You Just Happy You Have A Burrito – #MICF 2016

I’m so excited to see Lauren Bok in her first solo show, Is That A Burrito In Your Pocket Or Are You Just Happy You Have A Burrito – #MICF 2016! It opened last night and tonight will be my first night at the show!

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This super talented lady has been in a number of ensemble casts and co-written shows with other performers. She’s now branching out on her own in this hilarious piece. I got a sneak preview in her spot at Festival Club last night, and this girl has got it going on.

A bit more about the show:

Life is a Burrito.

We’re born, we are shoveled into a channel of carbohydrate, and the weight of life’s commitments are thrown on top of us.

The Tomato Salsa of Dreams. The Guacamole of Expectations. The Sour Cream of Hope.

This is the debut solo show from comedian and spicy hot tamale Lauren Bok.

Lauren Bok is a Melbourne-based comedian with a bright, witty, physical style. She is a regular on the comedy circuit in Melbourne and interstate, and appears nationally on Channel 31’s Live on Bowen, Games Night, OffBeat and About Tonight.

‘Genuinely funny, entertaining and witty. ★★★★’ Beat Magazine

‘Very quick and hilarious while thinking on her feet.’ YAWP

‘Solid material with plenty of verbal imagery.’ Squirrel Comedy

‘The wild one, with her constantly shifting facial expressions and intense physicality.’ Pop Culture-y

Carpet Room
Forum Theatre
March 24th – April 3rd
8.30pm

Get your tickets at Ticketmaster!

She even has a special Easter themed burrito for opening weekend, nawww!

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Juan Vesuvius presents “Calypso Nights, Juan Two?” at MICF 2016

Last year I saw Juan Vesuvius perform his clown DJ show, Calypso Nights, at Melbourne International Comedy Festival and it was an absolute stand out! It’s stayed in my mind and I’m so excited to be seeing “Juan Two?” tonight! Getting my Calypso moves ready and hunting down the maracas! Come along for opening night.

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More about the show:

Following his music-infused cult hit, Calypso Nights, award-winning Venezualan DJ Juan Vesuvius is back with a brand new adventure in Caribbean music, politics and absurdism.

Calypso Nights: Juan, Two? is the second instalment in Juan’s mission to heal the world with calypso. Wow. Beautiful.

Using his unique brand of vinyl-mixing, maraca-wielding comedy Juan will guide you on a journey that is part music lesson, part dance party, part psychedelic chutney trip.

Winner The Skinny Genius Award 2014 (Ed Fringe)
Nominated Best Newcomer Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2015

“It’s Doctor Brown, the Mighty Boosh and Sacha Baron Cohen in one man.” – THE NATIONAL (Scotland)
”Delightfully bonkers” ★★★★ – THE LIST
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CALYPSO NIGHTS: JUAN, TWO?
24th March- 17th April
9:45pm (Sun 8.45pm)
Roxanne – Parlour Room

Accessible performance:
Wednesday 30 March

Get your tickets at Ticketmaster!

Also here is a sneak peek at Juan’s crazy antics:

Juan Vesuvius Ibiza vs. Melbourne


GRUMBLE: Sex Clown Saves The World at Adelaide Fringe 2016

Love the work of Emma Maye aka Betty Grumble. She’s super talented and always challenging the norms! Now she’s saving the world at Adelaide Fringe 2016!

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Meet Betty Grumble, surreal showgirl, obscene beauty queen and sex clown. She has one hour to save the world. This is your invitation to the event horizon as we go unashamedly into a burlesquing cabaret of deep disco dissent. 

An ecosexual gesture and womanly reveal GRUMBLE weaves stories of rage, desire, hope and humour among energetic eruptions of song, dance, sensation and internal organs. Part protest, part party. Are you Betty to Grumble?

Bring your grin’ cause if it wasn’t so serious she wouldn’t be laughing so hard. Love and Anger,  

xxx Grumble.

4 – 6 & 11 – 13 MAR | 11PM
$28 (CONC $25)
In Le Cascadeur, Garden of Unearthly delights.

Get your tickets here!

Follow Betty Grumble on Facebook!


Adelaide do not miss “I am not a Unicorn!” at the Fringe Festival

If anyone has seen my facebook, instagram or twitter feeds lately they will know… I love UNICORNS! So when I saw that there was a show called “I am not a Unicorn!” I was a little more than intrigued.

Who doesn’t want to be a unicorn! Well! Emma J Hawkins doesn’t, at least, she doesn’t want to be referred to as one ( between you and I, she also thinks they are quite awesome.) Emma has made an incredible festival show that I got to see at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival last year. It’s got fairytales, unicorns, laughs, poingant moments and lots of suprises in store. And now… Adelaide Fringe, it’s your turn!

Don’t miss this show – here’s a little bit more:

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Come and get lost down the rabbit hole with Emma J Hawkins, where Alice is probably drunk playing cards with Goldilocks and the three bears.

I am not a Unicorn! will debut at Adelaide Fringe 2016 at The Royal Croquet Club, 9pm, 12-21 February, 2016 (excluding Monday’s.) There will be an auslan interpreted show held on the 19 February at 9pm.

I am not a Unicorn! is peppered with moments so immersive that the audience truly gets to feel what it is like to walk in a short statured person’s shoes. Experience an engaging and light hearted look at life lived at 103cm short.

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Emma is a keen supporter and advocate for fair representation of diversity in Australian performing arts specifically for artists with a disability. Although the show is often tongue in cheek and light, Emma also hopes to raise awareness for the acceptance of disabilities in the community and the perception of what is ‘normal’.

Emma J Hawkins enjoyed a magnificent debut at Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2015 with reviews including:

“Equal parts hilarious, terrifying and arousing” – Karen Pickering, Cherchez la Femme

“Emma J Hawkins steals the show…like a cartoon character brought to life” –The Advertiser

Venue: The Royal Croquet Club – The Parlour, Victoria Square [Tarntanyangga]

Date: Friday 12 – Sunday 21 February

Time: Tuesday – Sundays 9pm

Price: Adult: $28.00, Conc: $23.00, Tues/Group 6+: $20.00 atadelaidefringe.com.au

Special event: Auslan Interpreted Show, Friday 19th February

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#DearDiary – bringing our love of diary writing to life

Have you ever written a diary? I do! Have done since I started travelling in 2006. Actually, in many ways, I consider this my diary… SHHHHHHH. Journal and diary writing is a great way to meditate, keep a record and relax. I love having book upon book filled with my personal memories and moments.

Andi Snelling is also a passionate diary keeper. She has been writing for 24 years and she has now re-discovered these diaries and has turned the catalogue of memories into a show!!! How amazing! You can see her show #DearDiary at Adelaide Fringe this season.

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Unwittingly written over 24 years, #DearDiary is an existential joyride into forgotten memories. Pulled verbatim from 5,000+ pages of her lifelong diary collection, Andi Snelling’s comically tragic tale unpacks the baggage we all carry. With self-quoting satire, physical storytelling and song, Andi bares her soul and hashtags the heck out of it. P.S – Look out for your own lost diary in the #DearDiary Treasure Hunt on the streets of Adelaide. Finders Keepers! 

 

 “Clever and charming” – Planet Arts 

 “You’re left wanting more” – Daily Review 

“Beautifully honest and funny” – Beat 

“It’s an extraordinary show, full of heart and pathos” – Aussie Theatre 

“One of the standout solo shows of the Melbourne Fringe” – The Plus Ones 

 

Andi Snelling is an accomplished actor and improviser with a diverse, international career. She has been on stage her entire life, having grown up as a dancer, competing at national level. She trained at the prestigious Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and performed in Europe for 7 years, including in London’s West End and for the BBC. Upon returning to her hometown of Melbourne, she discovered an abandoned box, full of diaries never before read… until now. The result is her self-described ‘Museum of Thoughts’, which she is delighted to share with curious Adelaide audiences. 

 

Mon 29 Feb – Sat 5 Mar, 7.30‐8.30pm 

Media Night: Tues 1 March 

The Bakehouse Theatre (Studio) 

255 Angas Street, Adelaide 

Tix: $20 (full)/$15 (conc & groups 6+) – 

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Ticket link: https://www.adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/deardiary/d2e413e7-fcc4-4da7-8a63-de7f6f8f63bd

 

Make sure to check her out and see how a diary of one’s deepest thoughts an inner secrets  plays out on stage!


Seeing JEKYLL X JAMES: CACTUS BLASTUS at Sydney Comedy Festival TOMORROW

More comedy! More! This is what I want. Jekyll and James are the ones to present it with their show CACTUS BLACTUS. Opening tonight at Sydney Comedy Festival and I have been waiting FOREVER to get to see them in their very own show.

I’ve known the Jekyll part of this duo for many years and have always found him to be extremely funny in person, I’ve missed shows in Sydney and Melbourne and each time kicked myself when they have received rave reviews. Now it’s time! This Wednesday I shall have the laughs.

Tickets available at the Sydney Comedy Festival website.

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Learn more about the show here:

★★★★ DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS TERRIFIC TOUR DE FORCE.” HERALD SUN

 

Jared Jekyll and Cameron James are ready to wrap a lasso around the Sydney Comedy Festival once again after a fruitful season of their debut show “Paradise” in 2014 and this time it’s on like CACTUS BLASTUS! Expect more beatboxing, more loud guitars, and more insane characters all set in the weird world of the Wild Wild West! You’ll have the chance to catch the duo from Tuesday 12 May to Saturday 16 May at The Enmore Theatre.
Two infamous bandits will ride through a dream desert, robbing trains and the contents of your brains, in this all new high-octane Psychedelic-Western-Musical-Comedy shootout!

If you’re sucker for anything that is guaranteed to make you cool – the envy of all your friends – trust us, you’ll wanna be at this show. The Sydney duo are one of the festival’s hidden gems that you need to find out about!

After once again selling out at Perth Fringeworld (2014 & 2015) as well as being nominated for a best comedy award for Cactus Blastus Sydney’s musical sketch double act Jekyll x James (as heard on Triple J and seen on The Comedy Channel) are back with more beatboxing, more psychedelic guitars, more insane characters, more stupidity all in the weird world of the wild west!

Grab your folks, your children, your future husbands, wives, little regrets and band together to #CACTUSBLASTUS till we break the internet.

★★★★1/2 ADELAIDE ADVERTISER

“Cactus Blastus is an explosion of joyful chaos.” OUT IN PERTH

 

“They’ll no doubt be Australia’s next favourite comedy duo” – WEEKEND NOTES

One of the funniest theatre/comedy fusions you could hope to see this year
– ROTUNDA MEDIA

What:                       Cactus Blastus

Venue:            The Enmore Theatre (The Loft)

118-132 Enmore Road, Newtown, Sydney

Date:                     Tuesday 12th May – Saturday 16th May, 2015 @ 8.15pm

Tickets:          ticketek.com.au/

Cost:                        $18.00 – $22.00

More info:       http://www.alist.com.au/jekyllxjames

facebook.com/jekyllexjames

twitter.com/jekyllxjames


Dr Professor Neal Portenza

Very excited to see the new show from the hilarious and crazy Dr Professor Neal Portenza in Sydney tonight. A show where you never know what to expect! The show is called,

DR PROFESSOR NEAL PORTENZA

PERFORMS HIS OWN AUTOPSY LIVE ON STAGE. ONE NIGHT ONLY. (OBVIOUSLY).

I’m very curious to see what antics he has in store this time…. eek! Always fun, always silly and very very entertaining.
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WINNER: Best Comedy, 2012 Melbourne Fringe.

SOLD OUT: Edinburgh Fringe 2013, PerthFringeWorld 2014, Adelaide Fringe 2014.

NOMINEE: Golden Gibbo 2011 MICF.

There’s simply nothing like a Neal Portenza show. A glorious, chaotic, deceptively clever hour of inspired stupidity.

Insane.

Inexplicable.

Inimitable.

Q: You like Shaun Micallef, Sam Simmons & The Mighty Boosh?

A: You’ll (possibly) also love Dr. Professor Neal Portenza? (Comedy is subjective though).

Q: Will there be a real autopsy?

A: No, probably not; it’s just a title, don’t take it too seriously.

Q: How come it says ‘One Night Only’ but there’s more than one night?

A: I thought the title was funny at the time.

Q: Is it safe for kids/families?

A: Sort of…if you don’t mind some swearing and are a ‘cool’ parent, the kids will have fun.

Q: So it’s stand-up comedy?

A: No.

Q: Sketch comedy?

A: No.

Q: Character comedy.

A: Sort of.

Q: What is it then?

A: It’s a symbiotic experience of reciprocal engag… ah, it’s just fun. Really, really fun, and very, wickedly funny.

A cult hit in the making.” * * * * *- Edinburgh Spotlight, Aug 2014

“I witnessed the crowd itself getting funnier. That’s how good the good doctor is.”* * * * ½ – Sydney Morning Herald, Sep 2014

“His show is a dog’s breakfast … if you served your dog 100% organic, free-range, grass-fed, champagne-encrusted comedy truffles, dipped in a zesty ‘Help Me My Face Hurts I Can’t Stop Laughing’ sauce.” * * * * ½ –Beat, Apr 2014

“Portenza created a riot.” * * * * ½ – RipItUp, Mar 2014

Venue, Date & Time

The Enmore Theatre

Thu 7th May 2015 – 9:30 pm

Fri 8th May 2015 – 9:30 pm

Sat 9th May 2015 – 9:30 pm

Sun 10th May 2015 – 8:30 pm

Show Duration

60mins

Ticket Price Range

$21.00 – $24.00

Recommended For

Ages 15+


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