Comedy TV

Our biannual post about Clarke & Dawe

Given the locally-made comedy that’s served up to us it would be easy to assume that large numbers of Australians wouldn’t be interested in watching two men in their 60s, sitting on stools, delivering three minutes of hardcore political... Read More »

The Lights Comin’ Over The Hill Are A-Blinding Me

Well, at least now we know where all this Ja’mie malarky is heading. It’s not exactly a positive sign for a character when pretty much the only question – well, the only question in the non-teen-girl circles we move in – about Ja’mie: Private School Girl is “will Lilley man up and give his much-loved... Read More »

Women FTW?

Our recent guest post by an anonymous female former comedy writer got us thinking…how well are women doing in comedy in... Read More »

We’ll Pay That

Colour us surprised: when we first heard about Working Dog’s new panel show Have You Been Paying Attention?, we expected something more along the lines of the dimly but fondly remembered Out of the Question: a lot of casually scored chit-chat about the week’s events disguised as a game show. Buh Bowww: what we got... Read More »

Halloween is When the Dead Spirits Rise

Hey, a guest post! We think it’s an interesting look at a dark-ish corner of the Australian comedy business. As you’ll probably figure out, there’s a reason why it’s anonymous. Many years ago, in 1999, I had a short conversation with a well-known lawyer-turned-comedian. He was in an office in one of the ABC buildings,... Read More »

Wednesday Night Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week

Has there ever been a returning television show so committed to failing to capture the imagination of Australians than Tractor Monkeys? Geez, don’t ask us, we couldn’t give a shit about a show that thinks giving Peter Helliar a venue for telling a story about how he once went to sleep in a tent wearing... Read More »

Ja’mie and the Magic Torch

Well, that sure showed everyone who said Chris Lilley was a one trick pony. Why, there had to be at least three separate jokes on display in the first episode of Ja’mie: Private School Girl: Ja’mie’s a bitch, Ja’mie dances in a sexually explicit fashion in front of the school, Ja’mie talks about tits a... Read More »

Short Order

Five is an odd number of shows to make in this sort of series but its shorter than usual run is probably more to do with it needing to make way for the almighty force of comedy that will be Ja’mie: Private School Girl than anything... 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 »

Stretching the Boundaries

Is Super Fun Night an Australian comedy? Well, since you ask… no. It’s made in the USA by an USA network for USA audiences. And yet here we are, about to have a whinge about it anyway. Our excuse? It stars “Australia’s own” Rebel Wilson as both lead and series creator. Plus we talked about... Read More »

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