Comedy Reviews

The Herald Sun v Comedy pt CLXVIII

Ever since Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper – it’s like a regular newspaper, only shitter – took over sponsorship of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival we’ve been extremely appreciative of the opportunity to run the exact same story every single year: oh look, they’ve got people who know nothing about comedy reviewing comedy and they’ve stuffed... Read More »

Vale Please Like Me yet again

It’s safe to say we haven’t been in tune with the critical consensus around Please Like Me from the start. Critics love it; we’re left scratching our heads. But the antics of the last few weeks have gone at least some of the way towards explaining this gap, because as we’ve read report after report... Read More »

Off the Boil

Two weeks in and the verdict on Working Dog’s new animated comedy series Pacific Heat is… well, it’s not positive. And fair enough too: for 2016, it’s a great example of 1980s comedy. It’s not news that Working Dog’s sense of humour hasn’t been cutting edge since around the mid-90s, but in animation – where... Read More »

Lets Do the Time Warp Again

“I’ve got a text message here – why does the ABC bother making shows like this that nobody watches?” – Jon Faine. “Can I just say, thank goodness the ABC is making shows like this” – Debi Enker. Yes, it’s time to talk about Please Like Me – well, it was time to talk about... Read More »

Full Moon Fever

Okay, so over the weekend this happened: COMEDIAN Lawrence Mooney has launched an extraordinary tirade against a journalist after an unfavourable review for his show in the Adelaide Fringe. In a foul-mouthed rant that went on for several hours on Twitter last night, Mooney attacked The Advertiser’s Isabella Fowler, calling her a “deads**t”, “amateur,” and... Read More »

Lobster Habib

In the lead up to Here Come the Habibs, the first Australian sitcom Channel Nine has made in the 21st Century, it’s been hard to know what’s worse – the articles stirring up outrage: Because most people don’t realise I am of Lebanese descent, I have sat around many tables where friends of friends have... Read More »

Please Like (looking at) Me.

For a show that’s just jam-packed with bubbly hipster fun like wandering through mazes, or running down a well-manicured suburban street with a stolen trolley, or cracking jokes in cool inner-city eateries, or putting a chicken on your head, the one word that comes to mind when thinking about Josh Thomas’ sitcom Please Like Me... Read More »

Spread the Good News Around

Ahh, memories: There’s something reassuring about seeing Gina Riley, Marg Downey, Jane Turner and Magda Szubanski on telly on Sunday nights. The women of our collective sketch comedy consciousness get better with age, and they never disappoint. Presumably Ruth Ritchie never saw Madga’s Funny Bits. Still, there’s no denying that – going by the collective... Read More »

The State of Play in the World Today

Looks like someone at Fairfax has noticed there isn't much Australian comedy on the commercial networks these... Read More »

Seek your own pleasure without justification from critics

We disagree with pretty much every word of this, but it’s still definitely worth a look if you’re interested in the mindset of Helen Razer, one of Australia’s more high profile comedy reviewers. The thought that reviewing comedy is a misuse of the alphabet occurs to me often. As I submit reviews for publication, most... Read More »

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