Sydney Festival Review: Celia Pacquola takes audiences for a ride in “The Looking Glass” (Performances until 19 January)

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Celia Pacquola is (quite literally) everywhere. Turn on the ABC and you’re highly likely to see her face either on Utopia, her own new show Rosehaven or in her AACTA-winning role in The Beautiful Lie. Having built a reputation in standup for the better part of a decade, it’s a natural progression for someone who’s affable down-to-earth humour is quite endearing.... Read More | Share it now!

Comedy Review: Eric André – The Comedy Store, Sydney (09.12.16)

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Eric André may very well be one of the hottest comedians in the world right now. Sure, you’ve got his standout role in FXX’s Man Seeking Woman, but it’s his own The Eric André Show, for which he “plays” an incompetent and slightly deranged talk show host, that has really propelled the comic onto a whole new level of comedy. It’s one that moves away from the nihilistic realities of Louis C.K or the sly social jabs of Dave Chappelle and pulls on self-destructive absurdism. On first watch the criminally short Adult Swim show may seem like Tom Green for the meme generation, but dive a bit deeper and you may start to notice that the often perplexing zaniness is stuffed full of substance, flipping the traditional Talk Show into a self-deprecating nonsensical wave of crass editing, non-sequitur interviews, and even some violence. It’s satire on steroids, escalated by André’s fearless blend of Jackass badassery and Space Ghost Coast to Coast oddity, often balanced with his deadpan co-host: funny man in his own right, Hannibal Buress.... Read More | Share it now!

Comedy Review: Hannibal Buress – The Tivoli, Brisbane (05.12.16)

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Hannibal Buress came into Brisbane like a whirlwind. Giving a solid nearly 2 hour set and bringing a great troupe of supports The Tivoli reverberated with laughter last Monday. Even if you’ve missed Buress’s show, keep an eye out for more Al Jackson. The biology teacher turned comedian has a sharp tongue and jokes to burn your insides out with laughter like a science experiment gone wrong. Of course, the support show was a build-up for the main event – the man himself, Hannibal Buress.... Read More | Share it now!

Eric Andre announces Australian stand-up debut

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It’s time to ranch it up! One of the hottest comedians in the world right now, Eric Andre, has just announced that, for the very first time, he’ll be coming down to tour (some of) Australia before the year is over, performing twin stand-up shows in Melbourne and Sydney. The man’s daring and boundary-pushing approach to awkward-as-hell comedy has seen his Adult Swim hit, The Eric Andre Show rise in popularity over the years, and if you’ve been watching then you know this is going to be one unforgettable tour. ... Read More | Share it now!

Comedy Review: The Best Medicine: Hannah Boland – Factory Theatre (10.09.16)

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Promoting herself as a fresh face in ‘clean comedy,’ Hannah Boland presents a refreshing and unique one–woman stand up show as part of Sydney Fringe Comedy. There is something instantly likeable about Boland as she finds her stride on stage. While clearly pre-planned there is a natural flow to the performance as she jumps from anecdotes about her children to songs inspired by her father.... Read More | Share it now!