Tag: The Late Show

The Gospel According to Lucy

Within minutes of her first appearance on The Late Show (and quite possibly within seconds of her first appearance on TV, on The Big Gig a year or so earlier) audiences were divided on whether Judith Lucy was hilariously funny or a caustic, sarky harridan. Lucy's long-awaited solo TV series Spiritual Journeyseems just as likely to divide audiences, for that reason and... Read More »

Reasons to listen to the podcast of Triple M Melbourne’s The Hot Breakfast

If you saw the title of this post and expected it to consist of the following seven words - “There are none, sorry to trouble you” - then you're wrong. Well, sorta... Read More »

Ben Elton vs The Twitterverse

So Live From Planet Earth returned last night, and while the changes made were for the best it wasn’t like there was a whole lot of them. More Elton stand-up and less shoddy sketches was a good move, but it still felt like tinkering around the edges of a now-proven dud. What, they thought last... Read More »

Live From The End Of Days

Nobody seriously expected anything startlingly original from Nine’s first proper stab at prime time “all-new” comedy in almost a decade. Once the cast details for Live From Planet Earth eaked out – name after name from Comedy inc is never a good sign – expectations for anything fresher than the contents of Elvis’ colon evaporated.... Read More »

Press Release Me, Let Me Go(!)

Hey look! It’s a press release! WTF! KEEPING YOU ‘A BREAST’ OF WORLD EVENTS Coming Soon to GO! Do you only have two minutes a day to catch up on the who, why, when, where and what the F of the world’s news? Who would you turn to? Well if you like your news to... Read More »

The Buddy System

So, as a token gesture towards the idea of live entertainment, I went to see The Shambles – Live in a Ballroom a few nights... Read More »

Movin’ On Up

It’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival time again, and that means the streets of Melbourne are filled with…... Read More »

There’s nothing funny about Hey Dad..!

Go on, admit it: you’ve been making jokes about the Hey Dad..! sex abuse scandal – AKA the “Hey Dad Predator” or “the Hey Dad House of Horrors”, depending on which episode of A Current Affair you saw – ever since you first heard about it. Don’t look so scared: we’ve all been doing... Read More »

Not the Good Scissors!

Good comedy is a fragile thing, and there’s no better way to nip it in the bud than with bad editing. Just take a look at the sketch Tony Martin did on last Friday’s 7pm Project (they’re doing sketches now? But more on that later) with the extended version available here on the show’s website.... Read More »

So easy: RIP Don Lane

Maybe it's because to my generation Don Lane was a guy who'd clearly been famous once, but for what we weren't sure. His appearance on The Late Show was fun, and he presented American football on the ABC and turned up in the odd special, but that was it: he was just some old has-been in embarrassing trousers. So why am I about to launch into a heartfelt tribute to the Lanky Yank? Because, to paraphrase his theme song, he made it so... Read More »