The suave, sophisticated and charming David Smiedt hosts a showcase of female comedic talent while all the boofy boys are watching the footy. The all girl line-up features Amanda Gray, Kathryn Bendall, Linda Grasso and Jennifer Wong. Even Heat 17 of Quest for the Best will be an all female show.
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Like nearly everybody else who is interested in comedy in Sydney, I was at the Santa Scholastica College Auditorium on Wednesday night to see 12 rising comics strut their stuff for the chance to be the night’s winner of a cheque for $5,000. Having had to turn hundreds away from last year’s Grand Final at the normal Comedy on the Rox venue at the Roxbury Hotel, this year Kathryn Bendall decided to rent a larger space and see if she could fill it with a capacity crowd. An audience of 750 people proved that she could.
The crowd was full of the contestants’ friends, family and supportive work colleagues, as many as possible there to vote for their favourite, because the contest goes to the comic who gets the most audience votes.
Tuesday 18th November, Comedy @ Marble Bar, Kitty Flanagan headlining
Thursday 20th November, The Comedy Store, Jamie Kilstein headlining
Comedy @ Marble Bar seems to be developing a nice core of regulars after work on Tuesday evenings, which makes for a pleasant buzz to the room, although they tend to be grinners and chucklers rather than belly-laughers….
Arriving late for The Comedy Store…MickeyD, as MC, was a larrikin maestro, fast-foot-working around the stage while delivering great big dollops of cheeky to approving roars…the featured support act, Dave Jory. His wry observational style punctuated by the lunges for emphasis won her over, and totally cracked up the room. If his cats and my cat ever get a chance to plot together, the human race is doomed…
Headliner Jamie Kilstein was promoted as part of the New York underground scene, which is apparently comedy code for “no, you haven’t seen him on Letterman or Leno” and “yes, he’s all over YouTube” (which is handy for checking him out before going to a show). His material was rather like a distillation of the sharpest left-leaning American political blogs – talking points with a twist – so it was very much my cup of tea…
Last week saw the first Preliminary Final of the 2008 Quest for the Best, Australia’s richest comedy competition ($5000 Grand Prize) at Comedy on the Rox. Congratulations to the first two comics to go through to the November 26th Grand Final, Emo Willis and Amanda Gray! Who will be the next 10 comics to make […]
Head into Glebe to the Roxbury Hotel this Wednesday night, and mark your calendars for June 11 and July 2: the annual Comedy on the Rox Wicked Women series of shows takes on the footy head to head again! An all-female line-up of top class stand up comics will feature headed by the outrageous Jackie […]