Tag: Andrew Denton

Fancy a McFeast?

These days Lisbeth Gorr is just another media personality. She hosted a failed chat show, she’s put out a couple of children-themed books, and she’s got a show on 774 ABC Melbourne. But if you ever wondered how she got to where she is, read... Read More »

Things to be kind of positive about

You know us, we're not exactly the home of Australian comedy positivity. So as balance here are a small number of Australian comedy things which may not want to make you slash your wrists. Well, not slash them heaps of... Read More »

Laughing at The Boss’ Jokes

A brief glimmer of hope came when watching Randling last night – before we realised wait, we’re watching Randling – with an increasingly rare appearance of one Anthony Morgan. Hurrah! It’s always far too long between television gigs for this particular funnyman (he moved to Tasmania around a decade ago), which prompted us to wonder... Read More »

In A Word: Rubbish

Is there anything more insufferably cringeworthy than announcing to the world your 'love of words'? Some go one step further, however, and devise entire quiz shows based on their self-congratulatory linguistophilia, of which Randling (which began tonight on ABC1) is the latest in a long and woeful... Read More »

Australian Tumbleweed Awards 2011 – Worst Game or Panel Show

Panel shows in which kinda known people from breakfast radio, the stand-up scene and, increasingly, other panel shows improvise funny answers to questions have all but replaced scripted offerings such as sketch and variety... Read More »

Australian Tumbleweed Awards 2011 – Introduction

2011 was a bad year for Australian comedy – on television at least – but not in the ways we’ve come to expect. Yes, the energy level was down across the board, with old favourites either tanking hard or stuck in a rut while the fresh faces were shunted off to digital channels where they wouldn’t upset the Spicks & Specks... Read More »

Cause for cheer?

Last week's ABC 2012 launch and other recent announcements have made us feel pretty positive about Australian comedy, which is somewhat of a strange sensation. Here's the list of what's coming up next year, tell us what you think about it in the... Read More »

The worm in the apple

Premiering tonight is Can of Worms, a new comedy panel show from Zapruder's Other Films. In recent years Zapruder's has earned a reputation for making intelligent, edgy television - The Gruen Transfer, one of their best known productions, is often talked of in reverential tones - so unsurprisingly, Gruen fans are positively panting with excitement about Can of... Read More »

Vale Hungry Beast?

The final episode – possibly ever – of Hungry Beast goes to air later tonight and, while we've sort of pointed this out before, we think it's worth remembering that when it started out Hungry Beast was supposed to be at least as much about comedy as it was about current affairs. Which makes our number one question at this slightly pre-emptive wake for the programme: What... Read More »

Australian Television’s Nightmare of Nights

Ahh, the Logies; remember when they used to get comedians to host? Probably not – and if you do, chances are what you actually remember is the stock-standard chorus of “wasn’t that shit” the following day. Not because the comedians were actually all that shit – even the much maligned Wendy Harmer Experiment would probably... Read More »

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