Comedy Mysteries

Yesterday’s Zero

So last week this happened: Are Blackfullas able to exist within the Aus media without being in opposition to Racism? Coz I really don’t think about Chris Lilley. I couldn’t give a square root about him. pic.twitter.com/amcZNSqEWD — Senator Briggs (@Briggs) September 29, 2020 Which, after a bit of digging around, turned out to be... Read More »

The Man With the Getaway Face

Is it just us, or has Shaun Micallef been losing his grip a little lately? Not that he’s ever really been known for his iron grasp on things, but the occasional smirk at an over-the-top performance has, in recent weeks, seemingly blossomed into a lot of near-corpsing in the face of what’s become a regular... Read More »

Jungle Juice

Finally, an international Aussie comedy success story that we won’t have to pretend never happened in a decade or so: There are just a handful of independent production companies with three or more half-hour series currently on U.S. television. One of them could surprise you: It’s Australian indie Jungle Entertainment, owned by CEO Jason Burrows, director... Read More »

Vale Hard Chat

It was a shit segment and it should have ended four years ago. Good fucking riddance. (is that going to be it? – ed) Okay, fine. Usually we at least try to get in somewhat early with our so-called “news coverage”, but when we heard that Tom Gleeson was finally retiring his excreteable Hard Chat... Read More »

R.I.P.S.Mouse

Who knew Chris Lilley still had the power to make us laugh? In the heat of the Black Lives Matter movement, Deadline can reveal that Netflix has removed four shows from controversial Australian comedian Chris Lilley from its services in Australia and New Zealand. Angry Boys, Summer Heights High, We Can Be Heroes, and Jonah... Read More »

Briggswatch 2020: The Search for Segments

The Weekly‘s been a bit erratic format-wise this year, but just because the days when it was utterly predictable seem over doesn’t mean the show is actually, you know, interesting or funny. So we were going to take a break this week and focus on other things until we actually watched this week’s installment and…... Read More »

Beware of Wog

Remember this classic sketch from The Late Show? As Tony Martin pointed out over the weekend, Lou Interligi isn’t quite as far-fetched as he once seemed: Joke theory floated on #TEAMeffort turns out to be true: https://t.co/pG1n9rqnw7 — Tony Martin (@mrtonymartin) November 23, 2019 Yep, according to The Herald-Sun: Wog boy Nick Giannopoulos has put... Read More »

A Failing Grade

So this stirred things up a little over the weekend: Between Hannah Gadsby’s Emmys win, Becky Lucas and Rhys Nicholson landing stand-up spots on the US  show Late Night with Conan  O’Brien and Demi Lardner’s Best Show nomination at the Edinburgh Festival in August, Australian comedy is having a world-class moment. Not that you’d know... Read More »

Like a Highway at Night

Having had this article drawn to our attention, we can’t seem to look away. ABC head of comedy Rick Kalowski has a ready answer when producers complain they can’t get a show funded because they have been unable to land an international financier or co-producer. “If you can’t co-finance your scripted show internationally it’s not... Read More »

The New King of Comedy

With Taboo making its debut later this week on Ten, we now have the unusual situation where one commercial network all on their ownsome is showing roughly double the amount of Australian comedy than the ABC. Yeah yeah, we know: is Mr. Black really comedy? Let’s put it this way: it may not be all... Read More »