Comedy Mysteries

What We Talk About When We Talk About Not Having Anything to Talk About

Hey, where’d all the scripted comedy go? When we started this blog the basic idea was to do two or three posts a week, because each week there was usually two or three shows on television we could talk about. There’d be something new, something in the middle of its run, maybe a press release... Read More »

Don’t You Remember The Days of the Old School Yard

As we reach the tail end of the comedy year, which is a fairly inaccurate way to describe things as the tail end is where the shit comes from and that’s an all year-round situation, it’s hard not to reflect on the 2021 that was. And then hurriedly try to reflect even further back because... Read More »

Hughesy Loses It

Over the last 24 hours or so, millionaire property owner and TV host Dave Hughes has managed to make a bit of a dickhead of himself. Going on social media – and seriously, we could stop right there – to stand up for gyms in the midst of a covid pandemic spread in part by... Read More »

Don’t Get All Dramatic

Wakefield is a new ABC series from Jungle Entertainment, the production company responsible for, amongst other things, Squinters, Sando, The Moodys and Here Come the Habibs. It stars, amongst others, Felicity Ward, Sam Simmons and Mandy “I was in two seasons of Squinters” McElhinney. So it’s a comedy? Fuck no. Comedy in this country faces... Read More »

The Face That Would Not Die

Daryl Somers is not the absolute worse human being ever to make repeat appearances on Australian television, but he almost certainly is the worst person to host Dancing With the Stars which means he’s beaten out at least one confirmed racist. Isn’t Australian television great? Not that Daryl’s got a particularly clean record when it... Read More »

Give Us 30 Minutes, We’ll Give You the [Expletive]

One of the good things about watching The Weekly is… ahh, nearly had you there, didn’t we? That’s right: there are no good things about watching The Weekly, just a slowly building puzzlement as your brain – a thing that exists in 2021 – struggles to figure out exactly why you are watching a news... Read More »

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 »