Comedy Mysteries

Where’s Briggs: A Mystery Solved

Remember when The Weekly constantly promoted Briggs as a core cast member but hardly ever put him to air? Remember how boring it was when we’d ask week after week “where’s Briggs?”? Mystery solved: You may have a read that Matt Groening has created a new series. Today I can finally tell you, I'm a... Read More »

The Line Gets Blurry

Press release time! Sideliners spin a different take on sport ABC’s new sports entertainment show Sideliners premieres on Friday, 21 July at 6pm on ABC and ABC iview Tuesday, July 18, 2017 — Olympic champion and media all-rounder Nicole Livingstone and comedian Tegan Higginbotham have joined forces on this new one-hour live sport entertainment panel... Read More »

How to Solve a Problem like Chris Lilley

So there’s been a bit of attention over the last few weeks drawn to the fact that Jonah from Tonga is, as the French say, racist as fuck. First this: New Zealand’s Maori Television has dropped Jonah from Tonga from broadcasting Which led to this: The narrative never really shifts in Australia: to admit that... Read More »

When the Fever Breaks

Remember Fever Pitch? The ABC’s marginally-hyped new “live comedy sports show” that was… well, let’s let the press release explain: Nicole Livingstone and Tegan Higginbotham to host new live comedy sport show on ABC Wednesday, May 24, 2017 — Olympic champion and media all-rounder Nicole Livingstone and comedian Tegan Higginbotham have joined forces on Fever... Read More »

Sunday Night is the Loneliest Night of the Week

So this explains at least something: It’s taken a while but TV Tonight can reveal ABC2 is proceeding with Aaron Chen Tonight as a replacement for John Conway Tonight. Chen, who was a sidekick to Conway, steps into the hosting role due to the show being pulled because of illness. Long time readers of this blog might... Read More »

The Case of the Missing Press Release

Mysteries! We can’t get enough of them. Mostly because Australian comedy seems to be a whole lot better at them than they are at making, you know, actual comedy. Take for example, this: It's all coming together on our new sports comedy show @feverpitchtv. The chemistry between our hosts is magic! #FeverPitchTV #LivSyd pic.twitter.com/xApNhX920D —... Read More »

The Case of the Missing Tonight Show

We love a good mystery here at Australian Tumbleweeds – after all, what bigger mystery is there than “why isn’t Australian comedy funny?” – so we’ve been following developments (or lack thereof) regarding John Conway Tonight with some interest. Fellow mystery fans may recall that after three weeks on air Sunday nights on ABC2 John... Read More »

The Perils of Live Television

Well, this doesn’t sound... Read More »

Let’s Put the Future Behind Us

We’re not ones to waste time wondering what might have been here at Casa Del Tumblie. Clearly a world where the Shaun Micallef  / Tony Martin project MousePATROL never aired but Wednesday Night Fever got a whole series is the best of all possible worlds. And yet, increasingly even we find ourselves asking: what the... Read More »

Briggswatch week 5: Concerned Expression

“Hello and welcome to The Weekly – like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or correspond with us by fax, we’re not really that picky”. Has there ever been a more dispiriting introduction to an Australian comedy show? Even Please Like Me gave you the option of reading the title ironically: this is just... Read More »

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