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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 »

Time for a change of Tone?

Occasionally we’re accused of having a slave-like devotion to one particular Australian comedian or group. Usually Tony Martin. For... Read More »

It’s Political Correctness Gone Mad!!

It's been a grim few days for comedy in Australia. Okay, it's been a grim few years. But this last week has been especially bad for those who think that comedy is an area best left up to... Read More »

And Never the Twain Shall Meet

Australian comedians doing ads: there must be a good example out there, but none currently leap to mind. Oh wait, Hoges advertising Winfield Cigarettes. And Norman Gunston doing those toilet paper ads (unless I just dreamed that one, in which case my subconscious deserves a job at McMahon & Tate). Anyway, they’re all thrust into... Read More »

And The Winner Is…

At this stage of an election it’s traditional for someone to ask the question: which side’s victory would be better for comedy? With most comedians leaning left, it’s generally assumed that while having the Liberals in power might not be the best for the country, it’s usually good for getting comedians fired up. But these... Read More »

Some thinking music

Things have slowed down a little around here of late, as we work behind the scenes to push the lumbering cart that is The Australian Tumbleweed Awards 2009 into position. Sadly, that means no in-depth analysis on why roughly a tenth of Hungry Beast‘s running time is taken up with fancy promos for a show... Read More »

What Is Truth?

Reviewing Tony Martin’s second book, A Nest of Occasionals, is easy: in pretty much every way it’s just like his first. So if you’re a fan of Lolly Scramble,... Read More »

Hype: Shaun Micallef’s comedy CD

Yeah, yeah, we’re just re-printing the press release.  But it’s still big news – after all, when was the last time a comedy CD came out in this country that wasn’t just a collection of radio prank calls or a live stand-up set? Plus it’s Micallef mucking about for just under an hour, making it... Read More »

Welcome

This blog is a spin-off of the Australian Tumbleweeds – Australia’s most opinionated awards ceremony. 13 schoolyards and Bean Is A Carrot will start posting their usual mix of news, views and snark very soon. In the meantime, check out the 2008 awards.... Read More »