Online Comedy

Mychonny, Yourchonny, Everybodychonny!

Does broadcast TV have a future beyond the things that only it can do best: news, live coverage of sport and big budget “event TV”? With Netflix, Amazon, Stan and other streaming services offering drama, documentary, and films to watch anytime you want, should broadcasters like the ABC even bother? When it comes to comedy,... Read More »

Comedy blap on the radar

Even in the risk averse comedy climate that is Australia’s, you’d think a show featuring Gina Reilly and Hamish Blake could get funding. But no, Ryan Shelton’s new web series How To Life has been funded by Britain’s Channel 4 and is currently available online as part of Comedy Blaps. Comedy Blaps is Channel 4’s... Read More »

Dumb deal = dumb satire – We analyse the parodies of Trump and Turnbull’s phone call

It’s been almost impossible not to stumble across a parody transcript of the Donald Trump/Malcolm Turnbull phone call in the past couple of... Read More »

The Return of Bazura

Ok, so it’s not all-new episodes of the much-loved movie-based comedy program The Bazura Project, but it’s close: the Bazura team have finally got their website up and running and it’s a doozy. We shouldn’t be surprised really. The Bazura Project always was a show that took a fairly obsessive view of a subject much-loved... Read More »

Greg Fleet has something to say

We’re pretty sure this is a public Facebook post from Mr Greg Fleet, so if you’re a member may we direct your attention there for a saga that begins with: Last night I did a couple of gigs. I did well at each of them, people laughed, I made up a few new things etc.I... Read More »

Virtual Reality Comedy

We often ponder the future of Australian comedy on this blog, especially screen-based comedy, so it was interesting to read on TV Tonight last week that Screen NSW and the ABC will fund a small number of VR projects, including two new comedies: Aussie Cops Genre: Narrative Comedy Company: Hardy White Pictures VR Company: Paper... Read More »

Everything is Awesome

… except for When TV Was Awesome, which is pretty much shit. But you already knew that, right? We don’t get a whole lot of mail here at Tumbleweeds HQ, and we get even fewer requests because everyone pretty much knows we hate everything (except for when we don’t), but we’ve already had two separate... Read More »

The Raw and the Cooked

Press release time! Comedian Anh Do paints Aussie celebs in new ABC series Friday, July 29, 2016 — Anh Do loves to paint portraits and he loves getting to know people.  Premiering Wednesday August 24th at 8pm, the eight-part series, Anh’s Brush with Fame combines the two. Australians love Anh Do for his comedy, his... Read More »

Over-funded and on your YouTube

Last week we looked at Screen Australia’s latest round of funding approvals and wondered if these upcoming productions would make us laugh. Many of the productions, we’ve since discovered, are intended for online release, through platforms such as iView or YouTube, with most being new ideas. One which isn’t is These New South Whales, which... Read More »

An Obscure Reference to the Song “Simply Irresistible”

It’s the start of a new financial year, and we all know what that means: Australia’s various film and television funding bodies reveal where the money went! Considering how often we’re told that funding is essential to the development and production of film and television in this country you’d figure these lists would be a... Read More »

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