Comedy TV

One Weekend Only, Everything Must Go

Press release time! WORLD PREMIERE OF CHRIS LILLEY COMEDY TO SCREEN IN EPIC WEEKEND BINGE ON ABC IVIEW Australia’s leading internet TV service, ABC iview, is giving superfans the chance to watch puckloads of Chris Lilley’s new series JONAH FROM TONGA online, before it hits TV screens. Every pucking episode of the six-part series will... Read More »

Vale Mad As Hell Series 3

Mad As Hell will probably be back next year - maybe even this year – so this is (hopefully) not a goodbye, merely an... Read More »

The Mainstream Event

ABC2’s Comedy Up Late is the kind of MICF stand-up showcase we want to see on TV: a couple of cameras pointed at a stage in a comedy room, with some comedians coming out and doing well-honed, five-minute sets for a live... Read More »

Dribs & Drabs

* Have You Been Paying Attention? is coming back after Easter as an hour-long late-night show: CHANNEL 10 has shifted Have You Been Paying Attention? from its prime Sunday evening timeslot. Ten says the comedy panel show hasn’t been axed. Instead it is set to be relaunched in an expanded one-hour version after Easter. The... Read More »

Vale Charlie Pickering

It seems Charlie Pickering has wrapped up his five years on The Project: “My biggest thanks of all goes to you for watching. I consider it an absolute privilege to be on air. That you would invite me into your home night after night means the world to me. It’s been an honour being in... Read More »

Oh, The Pain.

The Agony series is back with The Agony Guide to Modern Manners, and… yeah. Unlike some of the ABC’s long-running series where the end product is an insult on enough levels to make it worth our while to re-examine it every time it airs, the Agony shows are the same thing over and over and... Read More »

Repeat as necessary

Remember Life Support, SBS’s spoof lifestyle program from about a decade ago? It was never a ratings blockbuster, more a cult hit, but it’s currently getting a repeat run on Monday nights on... Read More »

Vale The Moodys

For whatever reason, one of the big, big fears Australian comedy has had over the last decade or so is that of going big. Not for the wide brown land any broad stereotypes or exaggerated characteristics, oh no: we like our comedy restrained to the point where it’s almost impossible to tell that it actually... Read More »

Bella! Bella!

Stand-up on TV doesn’t always work out. This is not to say that stand-up must never be broadcast, it’s more that seeing stand-up in its natural home, an inner city comedy club, is the way to see... Read More »

Will Channel Ten Turn To Comedy To Restore Their Flagging Fortunes?

Well, probably not. But first, the flagging fortunes: The host of Ten’s evening panel show The Project, Charlie Pickering, is stepping down and will finish up next month. “The Project has been an incredible ride,” the 36-year-old said in a statement. “As a stand-up comedian I have never planned to do one thing for five... Read More »

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