Archive | April, 2009

5 Questions: Heath Franklin

1. No doubt you always get asked a lot of the same questions in these interviews. What’s the question you most dread hearing again?
Why don’t you cut your ears off? I DON’T CUT MY EARS OFF BECAUSE I CAN MAKE PEOPLE LAUGH WITHOUT DISFIGURING MYSELF!THAT IS THE SINGLE MOST MORONIC THING YOU COULD EVER ASK ANYONE!

SCF’09 Review – Pajama Men in Versus vs Versus

American comedians Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavez are brilliant, hilarious and difficult to describe. You will definitely have never seen anything like this before.

Highly physical comedy displaying multiple character arcs through intersecting storylines that can also rocket off at a tangent at any moment, they are an innovatively manic and absurdist delight

Girding up for Cracker Gala night and who’s on where for Sydney Comedy Festival

The Enmore Theatre is full of technicians, journalists and comedians, preparing for tonight’s Sydney Comedy Festival Cracker Night Gala Show, which celebrates comedy with a taste of all the acts in the festival. This year the Cracker Night Gala is so huge (the Enmore tickets are already sold out) that they’re actually spreading it across two venues – the Metro Theatre is hosting a gala showcase as well, which still has a few tickets left. I went along to chat and snap – here’s some images below:

Sydney Comedy Festival :Time Out Sydney People’s Choice Awards

It’s fairly simple: Time Out Sydney wants you to go and vote, and they are offering inducements!

Vote for your favourite act at Sydney Comedy Festival – and be in with a chance of a double pass to the VIP awards night on Monday 11th May at the Argyle Hotel, sponsored by Coopers. Plus! 10 lucky winners will also win a double pass to The Great Comedy Debate on Wednesday 6th May

So choose your favourite act from this list of artists

5 Questions: Mark Watson

I think I’d try to trade in my predictable, middle class, Cambridge Footlights background for something a bit more rock and roll. ‘Mark Watson was discovered telling jokes to passers-by outside Cardiff Castle when he was 15, and was unable to account for any of his life so far…

MICF’09 news bits: police unamused by comedy prank, blandness rules for TV comedy casting, Sydney-Melbourne rivalry redux

Three very different stories from the news this week. The first story is a too-successful prank for promoting a festival show, the second is the festival through the eyes of a TV talent scout, the third is an opinion piece from the annual comedy festival blog from Melbourne’s The Age, which is a sponsor of MICF.