Comedy Reviews

Negotiable Affection

Remember how we were slightly puzzled about an article by David Dale in the Fairfax press a week or so ago that was talking up the amazing comedy prowess of the current ABC Head of Comedy? You know, this kind of crap: In the first half of the year, the ABC scored handsomely with local... Read More »

Jonah Week 2: Slip Sliding Away

Wow, Jonah really is stirring up some serious shit: A new Australian television comedy about a rebellious Tongan teenager has been condemned as “self indulgent” and “deeply offensive” to Pacific Islanders. Chris Lilley’s six-part ABC TV comedy series Jonah From Tonga follows the life of a 14-year-old schoolboy and his run-ins with family, friends and... Read More »

Again With The Dodgy Comedy Festival Reviews

The Sunday Age‘s entertainment section – “M: Melbourne Inside Out” – has a section titled “8 Days: Your One-Stop Guide To The Week Ahead”. The second listing in today’s edition is this: “Comedy Writer, comedian and poet Ben Pobjie is talking rage at this year’s Comedy Festival. His show, Trigger Warning, takes to task the... Read More »

Surprise Development Surprises No-One

Sure, we said we weren’t going to cover the Melbourne International Comedy Festival – but we never said we weren’t going to cover the coverage of the… well, you get the idea. Anyway, seems like the Herald Sun – official sponsors of MICF despite not giving a flying fuck about live comedy the rest of... Read More »

Knox Knox Knoxing on Heaven’s Door

Respected entertainment reporter – yes, there really are such things – David Knox wonders why we don’t make sitcoms in Australia. He wonders this a lot. He wondered it in November 2013: Will anybody ever take the kind of risk necessary to achieve one, or are our writers simply not interested? Then it turned out... Read More »

Vale Print Media

You may not have noticed, what with that whole “death of print media” thing going on even though we still seem to be getting loads of junk mail in our letterbox every day and what is print media but a couple of news stories stuck on the front of a Target catalogue anyway? We digress:... Read More »

I Heard The News Today, Oh Boy…

First up tonight, Australian media in “what, the rest of the world doesn’t love our shithouse television?” shocker: How much of a “foul-mouthed mean girl” can a TV audience take? It’s taken several weeks for the ABC’s broadcast of Chris Lilley’s Ja’mie: Private School Girl in Australia to shed half its audience. US television critics... Read More »

Ja’mie’s (ratings) Box Gap

So someone kindly forwarded us this from the ABC PR department: JA’MIE KING SERVES UP IVIEW’S QUICHEST RATINGS YET  Australian viewers have proven that their love for Ja’mie King – the bitchiest private school girl to ever grace our screens – extends beyond just TV, with the show smashing online viewing records too. Ja’mie: Private... Read More »

A Very Wide Turning Circle

Oh Mr Pobjie, two weeks of us reacting to your TV review column with words like “ire” and “irk” and then you go and do this: I hesitate to say this, and it is said with a heavy heart, but … I think I might be a bit over Ja’mie King. In fact, to be... Read More »

Sa’me ol’ La’me

So, you’ve all seen this by now, right? Ah, so many questions. For one, who thought giving us a one minute clip where the first 20 seconds consist of teenage girls going “love you” was going to make a good impression. Oh wait, that’s Chris Lilley’s patented “insight”, isn’t it. Wow, who knew teenage girls... Read More »

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