Comedy TV

I Rawk

If you want to sink the boots into I Rock – and it’s an Australian show, so who doesn’t – it seems that attacking its credibility is the way to go. We’ve already had this review pointed out to us; Helen Razer takes a similar tack in the latest Australian Rolling Stone. Only problem is,... Read More »

Our alright of nights

Ah, yes, the Logies...Australian television's night of nights, where the show itself is often as good as the programmes it's awarding. But despite that, there's always one good reason to tune in: when you bring together a large number of this country's most high profile ego manics and show-offs, and allow them to get as pissed as they like, there's a strong probability that at least one of them will make an idiot of themselves. On live... Read More »

Dog Training

The final episode – you’d have to guess forever – of Wilfred aired earlier this week and hard as it is to admit, I’ll be sad to see it go.  Not all that sad mind you, because that first series was pretty much a textbook example of how to put together a comedy that contains... Read More »

B-B-Bounced

In a result so unsurprising even we predicted it weeks ago, Channel Seven’s Peter Helliar-hosted AFL footy show The Bounce has been axed. Well, not exactly... Read More »

The low down

With Wilfred drawing to a close on SBS, and Lowdown just started on the ABC, Adam Zwar seems to be the dominant force in sitcoms right now. But at least with Lowdown he's produced something which isn't too bad; this is not like Wilfred – all atmosphere, no laughs - but a more conventional sitcom, with running jokes, over-the-top performances and farcical... Read More »

Lilley of the Valley

Because who doesn’t love Chris Lilley news (from The Herald-Sun‘s Confidential section, 21/4/10): Comedian Chris Lilley has pushed himself to the limit for his highly anticipated TV series Angry Boys, according to director Laura Waters. Production wraps in Melbourne next week on the mockumentary-style ABC series, which will explore what it means to be a... Read More »

A Pus-Filled Boil on the Face of Australian Entertainment

There’s two ways to look at the 20-episode return of Hey Hey it’s Saturday: either it’s a soul-crushing reminder of just how low television can sink in this country, or it’s a great opportunity to kick Daryl Somers in the... Read More »

The Buddy System

So, as a token gesture towards the idea of live entertainment, I went to see The Shambles – Live in a Ballroom a few nights... Read More »

Movin’ On Up

It’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival time again, and that means the streets of Melbourne are filled with…... Read More »

History repeated

Getting a well-deserved repeat on 7TWO starting tonight is the 1999 series Barry Humphries' Flashbacks. Part documentary, part social history, part comedy, this is one of those rare cross-genre programmes which succeeds in all the genres to which it can be... Read More »

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