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First impressions of Lawrence Leung’s Unbelievable

First impressions of Lawrence Leung’s Unbelievable

Lawrence Leung’s Unbelievable sees the Australian comedian and self-admitted sceptic investigate the impossible. By seeking out experts and staging experiments that aren’t entirely scientific, Lawrence aims to challenge our misconceptions and beliefs. ‘In some ways it was just a lot of fun, but in other ways I was making the sort of science show I […]

First impressions of Leigh Hart’s Mysterious Planet

First impressions of Leigh Hart’s Mysterious Planet

Listen to Leigh Hart talk to Matt Smith in a Crikey podcast. You can be forgiven if, for a moment, you mistake Leigh Hart’s Mysterious Planet as a serious documentary. It’s shot in the right style, it has the growling deep narration from a man who’s survived throat cancer, and it contains the required amount […]

Podcast: Leigh Hart’s Mysterious Planet

Podcast: Leigh Hart’s Mysterious Planet

Kiwi presenter Leigh Hart calls in for a podcast interview to talk about his upcoming television show, which looks into the mysteries of the world and investigates the supernatural. Podcast: Leigh Hart’s Mysterious Podcast Leigh Hart’s Mysterious Planet starts June 14, 9pm on ABC2.

John Cleese to head up Sydney Just for Laughs festival

British comedian and python alumni John Cleese will host the upcoming Just for Laughs festival in Sydney. The four day gala (with future events planned) will be from 1-4 September at the Sydney Opera House. It will consist of two International Comedy Galas and five solo shows. Irish comedian Dylan Moran and American comedians Margaret […]

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Is Angry Boys getting any better?

Is Angry Boys getting any better?

“It might be funny when you’re a kid, not when you’re seventeen!” I’m paraphrasing a bit, but Adelaide angry boy Daniel pretty much summarised the entire show while complaining about his brother Nathan pissing on him from the roof. Five episodes into Chris Lilley’s twelve part odyssey Angry Boys and you can maybe see the […]

3am alone in a car park in Ballarat

Comedian Trav Nash writes… I find it interesting when people discover you’re some kind of talking stand-up guy. The first question is always “So, what’s the worst gig you have ever done?”, because nobody ever wants to hear the story where you won over a whole room of strangers and took them places they never […]

Final impressions of Between the Lines

Final impressions of Between the Lines

If you had a burning desire to see Channel 9’s latest effort to justify the ‘home of comedy’ title they were pimping at the start of the year, tonight’s your last chance. After four weeks the sports/comedy amalgamation Between the Lines is coming to an end. Between the Lines was a strange beast to unleash […]

The Simpsons take the vote to the audience

The Simpsons take the vote to the audience

A new episode of The Simpsons just shook things up a bit. In an effort to attract attention to the season finale and drum up some more viewers when the next season roles around, they’re letting the audience vote on the success or failure of a fledgling cartoon relationship. Season 22 of The Simpsons has […]

First impressions of An Idiot Abroad

First impressions of An Idiot Abroad

Part comedy show, part travel documentary, An Idiot Abroad works by taking British comedian Karl Pilkington (friend of influential comedian Ricky Gervais) and putting him in an unfamiliar situation in exotic locations, under the guise of getting him out there to experience somewhere else other than England. The comedy comes from the way Pilkington reacts […]

Flintstones to be remade by Family Guy guy

Deadline are reporting that Family Guy creator Seth Macfarlane has been given the green light by Warner Bros Television to remake cartoon classic The Flintsones. Intended for broadcast on Fox as part of its 2013 cartoon slate, the announcement comes after understandably long and drawn out negotiations.

First impressions of Come Fly With Me

First impressions of Come Fly With Me

BBC comedy show Come Fly With Me made its Australian debut last night on Channel 9. Well, I say ‘Australia’, but as reported it was strangely dropped from New South Wales regional affiliates WIN and NBN. As someone who grew up in New South Wales on a steady diet of NBN, I think I speak […]

Ashton Kutcher cast in Two and a Half Men

Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Ashton Kutcher will replace Charlie Sheen in the next season of CBS show Two and a Half Men. While Rob Lowe, Jeremy Piven and Hugh Grant had become recent favourites for the role (a satisfactory deal couldn’t be made with Grant), the casting of Kutcher will probably make for a […]

Proof that you can’t buy happiness

Comedian Simon Keck writes… When not on stage whipping the crowd into a frenzy of “This might be the ideal time to go for a piss”, I can be found trawling op shops for reasonably priced hipster accoutrement. If I’m not in either of those places, odds are, I’m at my Clark Kent day job […]

Seinfeld starts a website

Seinfeld starts a website

UPDATED 9th May. Popular comedian Jerry Seinfeld has today launched jerryseinfeld.com, a sanctuary for three Seinfeld jokes per day. On this site you can expect to be drip fed some classic stand-up comedy material (depending on your opinion of Seinfeld) and not much else. While  many comedians have already discovered that you can use the […]

Podcast: Justin Hamilton Live From the Comedy Festival Roadshow

From somewhere far up north, Justin Hamilton some time out to talk to Matt Smith about the comedy festival roadshow. Podcast: Justin Hamilton Live from the Comedy Festival Roadshow Justin Hamilton is currently on the comedy festival roadshow, hitting lots of different ‘not so urban’ places around Australia.

Review: Greg Fleet in Thai Die

Review: Greg Fleet in Thai Die

Freelance writer Michelle McLaren writes… “Yes, come in, come in”, beckons comedian Greg Fleet as the final few audience members arrive for the first night of his Sydney Comedy Festival show, Thai Die. An aeroplane roars mere metres over the roof of Marrickville’s Factory Theatre and he quips “You can bring your plane”. It’s a […]

Review: DeAnne Smith in About Freakin’ Time

Review: DeAnne Smith in About Freakin’ Time

Smartly-dressed with a slight Justin Bieber look about her (her words, not mine) Canadian comedian DeAnne Smith cuts an edgy path through comedy that even if you can’t relate to it, you can’t help but find appealing. Accompanied by a welcoming smile, DeAnne’s jokes are vaguely held together by the construct of time, and it’s […]

Podcast: A Talk with Julian Morrow

Podcast: A Talk with Julian Morrow

When Kate and Will exchange their vows on Friday 29th, The Chaser’s planned to be commentating the event on ABC2. That is until yesterday, when access to the BBC broadcast feed was blocked from their use by orders of Clarence House in London. Laugh Track brings you a response from Chaser Julian Morrow. Podcast link: […]

What makes a comedian?

What makes a comedian?

Semi-professional comedian Bec Hill writes… One thing which has always agitated me is when someone gives the impression that they’re far beyond their actual level of expertise. While this applies to any profession, I would like to concentrate on comedy. But before I go any further, I’ll back up and explain my reason for today’s […]

Royals have last laugh on Chaser’s

Royals have last laugh on Chaser’s

In a controversial move, The Chaser’s Royal Wedding Show (scheduled to air live this Friday night on ABC2) has been cancelled by Clarence House in London. The justification is that by airing it, the ABC would be in violation of its broadcast agreement, which forbids use of the wedding telecast in “any drama, comedy, satirical […]

Meanwhile, somewhere in Sydney…

In amongst the chaos and excitement that is the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, it’s easy to forget that something similar (but on a much smaller scale) is playing out in Sydney. The Sydney Comedy Festival kicked off on 11th April and will continue until 8th May, and while Laugh Track won’t be covering it to […]

A Review of Reviewing

A Review of Reviewing

Josh Kinal writes… Reviewers and critics are often regarded as “those who can’t”, a quote usually attributed to Woody Allen but probably not witty enough to be claimed by anyone. News reporters don’t consider them journalists and artists don’t consider them a legitimate part of the art world. The reviewer is a writer with no […]

Angry Angry – Female Comedians can be Funny Funny

Angry Angry – Female Comedians can be Funny Funny

Comedian Ben McKenzie writes… Ah, Comedy Festival rituals: getting rained on while flyering; the emotional rollercoaster of reviews; enduring the annual “are women funny” bullshit peddled by the mainstream news sponsor… This year it’s not an “article” that perpetuates the “discussion”, but Tianna Nadalin’s recent review of Jen Brister. There are plenty of problems with […]

Lawrence Mooney declared Crikey’s ‘Best of the Fest’

Lawrence Mooney declared Crikey’s ‘Best of the Fest’

It was with great pleasure that myself and Luke Buckmaster awarded Crikey’s inaugural ‘Best of the Fest’ award for best show in the 2011 Melbourne International Comedy Festival to Lawrence Mooney.

Review: Bob Franklin in An Audience With Sir Robert

Review: Bob Franklin in An Audience With Sir Robert

Softly-spoken, resplendent in a velvet smoking jacket and sporting a pipe, Sir Robert has been regaling captive audiences this comedy festival with tales mined from experiences in his many years in the world of show business. In a clipped British accent and a thespian flair, Bob Franklin plays his role perfectly, to the point where […]

Review: The Pajama Men in the Middle of No One

Review: The Pajama Men in the Middle of No One

Freelance writer Vince Chadwick writes… Why do the achingly funny Pajama Men wear pajamas? Is it a nod to the dreamy plot, or the pair’s natural playfulness, or could it mean nothing at all? Such is the irreverence of these comedy festival favourites that it doesn’t really matter.  Mark Chavez and Shenoah Allen seem to […]

Review: Russell McGilton in Accidents are Prohibited on This Road

Review: Russell McGilton in Accidents are Prohibited on This Road

Freelance writer Siobhan Argent writes… Cheerful, solid, well-structured. No, I’m not describing my dream Californian bungalow – it’s Russell McGilton’s Accidents Are Prohibited On This Road. McGilton takes the audience on a slightly nutty tour of his travelling years, back when he had hair. The slideshow gives us enough evidence of that. Accidents was inspired […]

Podcast: A Talk with Justin Hamilton

Justin Hamilton talks to Matt Smith about his new show Circular, his app, and using your phone during a comedy show. Podcast link: A Talk with Justin Hamilton Justin Hamilton Circular is on in the Vic Bar at Victoria Hotel, 9:45pm until 23rd April.

Review: Barry Morgan’s World of Organs

Review: Barry Morgan’s World of Organs

Freelance writer Siobhan Argent writes… Barry Morgan has been having a rollicking love affair with the Australian comedy circuit for a few years now, and the mutual adoration doesn’t look like it’s going to die down anytime soon. The packed Sunday-night performance offered an up-close-and-personal account with the beautifully-coiffed man himself, complete with the outrageous […]

Podcast: A Talk with Andrew McClelland

Andrew McClelland talks to Matt Smith about his new show and how it differs from his ‘past’ shows, what constitutes ‘his type’ (and why that’s a bad thing), and what is was like dancing in the forest in a foreign language music video. Podcast link: A Talk with Andrew McClelland Andrew McClelland in Truth be […]

Review: Greg Proops

Review: Greg Proops

A snappy dresser with equally snappy jokes, Greg Proops is well known for his nasal voice and improv skills in Whose Line is it Anyway?. Don’t be mislead though, his stand-up is solid as well, and he proved that on stage to a Melbourne audience during his Australian tour. Proops’ jokes hit a bizarre range […]

Review: Henning Wehn in My Struggle

Review: Henning Wehn in My Struggle

Freelance writer Warrick Glynn writes… The title of this comedy show – My Struggle – seems innocuous enough but it takes on an interesting set of connotations when translated into German; and is performed by a German national. This historical ‘baggage’ is pretty much at the core of Henning Wehn’s comedy act. He admits that […]

Review: Anyone for Tennis? in Prepare to be Tuned

Review: Anyone for Tennis? in Prepare to be Tuned

Freelance writer Siobhan Argent writes… Slackers everywhere, rejoice! Andrew Doodson (Doody) and Jason English-Rees (Jase) of Anyone For Tennis? prove that if you have enough talent for it, writing songs about menstruation and being angry at dandelions can really pay off. ATF? is Family Guy meets Flight of the Conchords, a musical comedy show that’s […]

Review: Mark Butler in Grammar Don’t Matter on a First Date

Review: Mark Butler in Grammar Don’t Matter on a First Date

Mark Butler has taken the concept of being a ‘grammar nazi’ to the next level in his new show Grammar Don’t Matter on a First Date. It mightn’t sound like there’s enough comedy involved in the distinction between ‘they’re, their and there’ to string along for fifty minutes, but in this case, it works. By […]

Review: Charles Barrington in An Audience With Charles Barrington

Review: Charles Barrington in An Audience With Charles Barrington

Charles Barrington would like you to believe he’s an international sensation – a well-travelled thespian and raconteur who’s hobnobbed with the rich and powerful and performed in front of many and varied audiences, from legions of fans to armies of critics and, on one particularly unusual occasion, a crowd of ten billion insects. The truth […]