Tag: Mad As Hell

Awards and renewals

The nominees for this year’s Logies have been announced and it’s not all bad for comedy. Okay, it’s not a complete disaster for... Read More »

We’re Quite Happy To Take It For As Long As Humanly Possible

Shaun Micallef is Mad as Hell is back. Our long national nightmare is over. It’s not until you actually watch this show that you realise just how thin and flavourless so much of what passes for comedy in this country really is. Taken individually, pretty much every joke here could appear – most likely in... Read More »

Murder Was the Case

If you want to sell a program to a commercial network, here’s how you do it: walk into the programming chief’s office, sit yourself down in one of the comfy chairs, and say the following: “Shaun Micallef. Kat Stewart. They’re husband and wife. And they solve murders.” Done and done, back slaps all ’round, break... Read More »

When Networks Collide!

For a while there it looked like we were going to be in some serious trouble.  Let’s set the scene: after years of struggling in the wilderness after the fizzle that was Micallef Tonight, followed by a few years of good solid game show hosting on Talkin’ ’bout Your Generation, Shaun Micallef had not one... Read More »

Australian Tumbleweeds 2012 – The Results

The results of the Australian Tumbleweed Awards... Read More »

Two Times The Love!

While we’d like to thank everyone who sent in cards and letters over the last few hours congratulating us on taking over the role of Head of Comedy at the ABC, bad news: we didn’t get the gig. It’s an easy mistake to make though, considering this was one of the main planks of today’s... Read More »

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If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that Australian comedy is currently not operating at peak efficiency. In fact, it’s coughing its guts up all over the place. Duds to the left, ratings flops to the right, tired old formats hacking out their final breath everywhere else. What does it say about... Read More »

So Let’s Get Back Together and Do It Again

A few months back we ran a post about how, for all its critical praise and fannish worship, The Late Show wasn’t all that influential when it came to actual Australian comedy television. Someone wrote in to take us to task for not mentioning The Chaser’s War On Everything, and rightly so: while it may... Read More »

A Presumption of Shared Humanity

If you’re going to be a comedian, you have to make a choice: do you make comedy designed to appeal to the masses, or do you follow your heart? On the one hand, appealing to the masses seems like the smart way to achieve mass appeal but idiots will call you a sell-out; on the... Read More »

July 2012: A New Golden Age?

It might be hard to spot from beneath the cloud of gloom and despair that hangs over the Australian televised comedy scene, but at the moment we have two – count ’em – decent local comedy programs currently airing on Australian free-to-air television. We’ll spare you the suspense: we mean Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell... Read More »

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