Comedy TV

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 »

The Secret Ingredient is Sport

There's one word to explain why Peter Helliar keeps on getting work: footy. What, you thought it was going to be... Read More »

There’s nothing funny about Hey Dad..!

Go on, admit it: you’ve been making jokes about the Hey Dad..! sex abuse scandal – AKA the “Hey Dad Predator” or “the Hey Dad House of Horrors”, depending on which episode of A Current Affair you saw – ever since you first heard about it. Don’t look so scared: we’ve all been doing... Read More »

Never Can Say Goodbye

There's been a slight twist in the open question of The 7pm Project's eventual fate - you seriously didn't think it'd continue at 7pm with the ratings it's been getting, did... Read More »

Ya couldn’t write it!

Every week for more than 20 years John Clarke has been writing two and a half minutes of some of the best satire you'll find anywhere in the world, which he performs with fellow satirist Bryan Dawe. Highly intelligent, stuffed with gags and brilliantly performed, this is at the pinnacle of comedy in this country – and as an insight into Australian politics it puts a lot of serious analysis to... Read More »