Online Comedy

The Weekend Shift: The sitcom of the online persona of Lee Lin Chin

Over the years, there have been less surprising media revelations than the one that Lee Lin Chin doesn’t write her own tweets and that her hilarious media persona is, to be blunt, fiction. According to Benjamin Law’s article published last year on The Monthly, her tweets are written for her by Chris Leben, one of... Read More »

There Can Be Only One… oh wait, hang on a second

Now more than ever, Australian comedy is built around winners and losers. No, this isn’t some convoluted lead-in to a discussion about the Logies: pretty much the only thing of interest to be said there is that The Project won stuff while The Weekly, aka the ABC’s attempt to clone The Project right down to... Read More »

Talking Pictures with Mr Rabbit and the Bearded Lady

If you’ve ever wondered what Judith Lucy gets up to when she’s not touring the country, then may we direct you to Mr Rabbit and the Bearded Lady, a podcast focusing on “movies and the fine art of conversation”. It’s an irregularly released podcast – sometimes more than a month goes by without an episode... Read More »

Comedy Showroom 2: Surrealism vs a Loser vs an Ageing Rebel

In this the second of our blogs about Comedy Showroom, the ABC’s pilot season, we look at the final three programs. The episodes are going to air at 9:00pm on Wednesdays on ABC while all six episodes of the series are now available on iView. You can read our blog about the first three shows here. The... Read More »

Comedy Showroom 1: Asians vs Babies vs Bogans

The first episode from Comedy Showroom, the ABC’s new pilot showcase, Ronny Chieng International Student, aired last night and all six episodes of the series are now available on iView. In this blog we review the first three episodes; tomorrow, we’ll look at the final three programs. Ronny Chieng International Student Who’s Involved? Stand-up Ronny Chieng (The Daily... Read More »

Cash Rules Everything Around Me(me)

A few weeks ago the online comedy world was rocked by the news that someone was actually making money from online comedy. No, wait, we got it wrong: it was rocked by the news that someone was making money from their videos. Hang on – was it that it was rocked by the fact that... Read More »

Katering for the Masses

The Katering Show was the comedy phenomenon of 2015, the YouTube series sending up cooking shows that quickly went viral all around the world. Now the series has been bought by the ABC, and is back with eight new episodes, released on iView... Read More »

Shut DAFUQ Up

“We’re like Vice, but with a bigger ballsack.” “And we’re not taking it butt-style from Rupert Murdoch.” Those lines come around 45 seconds into the first episode of the ABC’s iView-only comedy DAFUQ?, and they pretty much sum up the entire show: it’s like Vice, but more annoying, and the “satirical” stabs are about as... Read More »

The Brothers Gonna Work It Out

Remember prank phone calls? A relic of the pre-caller ID era, they – in their “is your refrigerator running?” form – were the kind of prank comedy mostly performed by bored teens and idiots. Yes, some people managed to elevate them to something above the moronic norm (the “Red” calls, The Jerky Boys‘ early work),... Read More »

Bringing It Home

We shouldn’t have to rely on our ex-pats (or fair-chunk-of-the-year-ex-pats) to “nail it” satire-wise, but here’s a comedy song you’re probably more than familiar with by now, and boy does much-of-the-year London resident Tim Minchin “nail it”. It’s not just the sentiment of Come Home (Cardinal Pell) that we like, it’s that this delivers on pretty... Read More »

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