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Examining comedy history at the Biennale of Sydney

In 1962 Lenny Bruce’s solo stand-up comedy performances in Sydney were cancelled by an appalled venue manager after an outraged general public complained to the police about his obscene language. Some alternative performances organised at sympathetic university venues were closed down by the authorities. Bruce returned to the USA and to four more years of […]

Touring shows for June ’08

June is when most comedy tours finish up here in Oz for a few months as flocks of comedians head north for the comedy festivals of Edinburgh, Montreal and various smaller summer comedy festivals in the northern hemisphere. So the next few weeks are your best chance to catch top comics putting those finishing touches […]

This week in Sydney – May 2008

The Cracker Comedy Festival officially ended last weekend, but there are still some shows completing their Sydney runs: Prequels & Sequels Impro (Sunday), Ross Noble (Thurs-Mon) & George Kapiniaris (Saturday). [website] Eddie Ifft headlines at The Comedy Store in Sydney’s Moore Park Entertainment Quarter all week, while Greg Fleet heads the show at their new […]

In the media: news & reviews

SMH Stay In Touch: Wil Anderson’s new ABC-TV show The Gruen Transfer is generating buzz: The ABC’s resident rabblerousers have more tricks up their sleeve after spoof commercials prompted more than 250 complaints in the past week – and became YouTube hits. Lawrence Leung has been named the best local comedian at the Cracker Comedy […]

Comedy Tours: May

Booking details can be found at the performers’/venues’ websites linked below: The Chaser’s Age of Terror Variety Hour on tour until July 2nd. Remaining shows will be in SYDNEY • ADELAIDE • CANBERRA • GEELONG • MELBOURNE • BRISBANE • NEWCASTLE Heath Franklin’s Chopper in Make Deadsh*ts History – on tour until June 8th. Remaining […]

Cracker is in town

It’s that time of year and I’m starting the site nearly at the end of it, with Sydney’s Cracker Comedy Festival ending on May 11. Oh well. Check out the acts at the Cracker site by clicking on the image below: Plenty of old favourites and some new faces too fronting up to the mic.