Comedy/ Cabaret/Revue etc

WHOOPING IT UP FOR 15 YEARS – SYDNEY COMEDY FESTIVAL

This image: Melanie Bracewell. New Zealand International Comedy Festival’s 2017 Best Newcomer Award winner
Featured Image: Ross Noble

In 2019, the Sydney Comedy Festival will celebrate its 15th year by delivering some of the finest comedians from all over the world to our shores for another huge event across four weeks from 22nd April to 19th May.

With the full program not due for release until February next year, the Festival has begun to announce some of the  talent who will be taking part in next year’s event. Continue reading WHOOPING IT UP FOR 15 YEARS – SYDNEY COMEDY FESTIVAL

COMEDY ON EDGE: TUESDAYS’ PUB LAUGHS. GIVEAWAY

COMEDY ON EDGE located at the Chippo Hotel provides some of the best comedy entertainment in Sydney. From Stand up, Improv, Sketch, Roast Battles, live podcasts and more.

Different shows each week,home to the Roast Battles, Straight Up Stand Up, Hashtag wars, Crowd Worked and more events

COMEDY ON EDGE [Facebook] is on every Tuesday at 7:30pm at The Chippo Hotel Downstairs  87 Abercrombie St, Chippendale 2008.   Get your tickets at the door or book online to save.

With thanks to the promoter, Sydney Arts Guide has five double passes to COMEDY ON EDGE on a Tuesday of your choice.

To be in the running, email (editorialstaff.sydneyartsguide@gmail.com) 
with COMEDY EDGE as the subject AND your full name and the Tuesday you would like to attend.

Competition closes COB on Wednesday October 31, 2018 when the winners will be drawn. Only the winners will be notified and the promoter will contact winners to confirm tickets.

VERY RUDE SUBVERSIVELY POLITICAL THEATRE: BABY BI BI

Nope.  High levels of resistance.  I did not want to go to BABY BI BI.  Billed as a wickedly funny, often filthy cabaret about being a bisexual woman, I just figured that age and orientation were against me.  But if age has taught me anything it’s that one can always be surprised.  This lot charmed me into going and I am so pleased they did.  It’s pretty rude, more c words than I had actually ever thought about. Including … charming.

And cracker choreography and coherence and cohesiveness and competence.  This is a really well scripted and put together show with original songs and committed performances, great choreo and excellent tech including the women’s mic work.  They have, after all, done this show a bit and experience shows through the loucheness of their topic.    Continue reading VERY RUDE SUBVERSIVELY POLITICAL THEATRE: BABY BI BI

SUREN JAYEMANNE & DANIEL MUGGLETON: GIVEAWAY

Australian comedians Suren Jayemanne & Daniel Muggleton perform their 2018 Comedy Festival shows one last time at Giant Dwarf, Sydney.

Suren Jayemanne [Facebook](ABC’s COMEDY UP LATE, COMEDY NEXT GEN, TONIGHTLY) has been tipped to be one of the next big things in Australian comedy, by people who oughta know – the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival and the ABC. He’s quick witted, engaging and undoubtedly hilarious!

Daniel Muggleton (COMEDY DYNAMICS, EDINBURGH FRINGE) Originally from Sydney and currently based in the UK, Daniel is a regular at comedy clubs & comedy festivals around the world. The first Australian comedian produced by Grammy Award-Winners Comedy Dynamics, his debut special is slated for release in January 2019. His blunt storytelling is a breath of fresh air for audiences. Continue reading SUREN JAYEMANNE & DANIEL MUGGLETON: GIVEAWAY

MAGGOT AT THE SYDNEY FRINGE FESTIVAL

MAGGOT is funny, silly, full of energy and definitely worth catching.

Performers Angela Fouhy, Elle Wootton and Freya Finch are playing characters that were ostensibly  the international pop sensation The Baby Girls. They explain they are moving away from pop and into art, possibly to talk about the stock market but possibly to talk about themselves. MAGGOT is part comedy sketch show, part musical cabaret and part circus. The artists’ clowning background shows in their dance routines, fight scenes and being lost in the desert but surreal dialogue and eclectic music choices has the audience laughing, cheering and clapping. It is such a fun show that the audience eagerly participates when requested. Continue reading MAGGOT AT THE SYDNEY FRINGE FESTIVAL

A LITTLE CABARET OF SELDOM HEARD TREASURES

This image: The Cast of A Little Cabaret
Featured image: Siobhan Clifford, Olivia Vasquez, Denise Devlin, & Embla Bishop
Production images: Christopher Starnawski (Omnes Photography)

A LITTLE CABARET is a fundraiser for Little Triangle’s November production of Michael John LaChiusa & George C. Wolfe’s THE WILD PARTY and its short run at the Sydney Fringe is pretty much sold out. With good reason.  There’s a commitment to excellence inside this little company that spills over the footlights in all their work. Staged or simply sung. Here we have seven gorgeous voices performing songs chosen with care to be interesting and unusual.  Celebrating the unsung is the publicity tagline and what a great program it turns out to be.

It’s just a lovely night to share with lovers of musical theatre as some songs ooze with familiarity and others are go-home-and-google offerings.  Directed by Alexander Andrews and accompanied by Conrad Hamill there are brief introductions “another woman sits at another bar alone” … “ A young wife has a secret.” Continue reading A LITTLE CABARET OF SELDOM HEARD TREASURES

WHARF REVUE 2018: DÉJÀ REVUE

They ask nothing of us.  No requirement for any depth of domestic political knowledge, no necessity to immerse in the Sturm und Drang of geopolitical border drawing and you don’t really even need to have a sense of humour either.  They do it for you, all of it…  THE WHARF REVUE 2018: DÉJÀ REVUE is an exercise in melding the patently obvious with the precisely targeted.  And it begins with some spectacular scarlet pantos and a very early “there’s always a fucken smartarse!

Despite his stunning velveteen fairy-tale-time suit, Buttons is a seriously cranky-pants host who knows his audience and is not afraid to insult them…  An hilarious beginning to tell the story of a Turnbullella who has lost his way until he drops something important at the ball.  The show will continue in panto mode, peppered with locals, for a while.  That is until a ripper of a scene change when a whole wide world of lampoon opens up to our embrace. Continue reading WHARF REVUE 2018: DÉJÀ REVUE

THE GAUNTLET – A SEA OF POLYPHONY

The Gauntlet Image: Amelia Found

A sea of sound washed over and around the audience as it swept up the internal stairs and circled in foyers of the Sydney Opera House on Saturday 1st September. THE GAUNTLET was being performed as part of the Antidote Festival at the Sydney Opera House September 1st and 2nd, 2018.

THE GAUNTLET has been described as an immersive choral experience in which the “lyrics” are formed from interviews with twenty of Sydney’s “interesting citizens” – social, political, cultural and environmental activists – about global, local and personal issues.
It is a tonal, musical, theatrical movement installation of Sydney stories performed by Sydneysiders however temporary that may be. Continue reading THE GAUNTLET – A SEA OF POLYPHONY

THE WHARF REVUE: AN INTERVIEW WITH JONATHAN BIGGINS

 

Sydney Theatre Company’s production, THE WHARF REVUE,  2018, will kick off this year at Riverside Theatres from 13th to 15th September before touring across NSW, VIC and ACT.

Written and created by Jonathan Biggins and Drew Forsythe, THE WHARF REVUE 2018 will present another glorious year of political satire – keeping the nation’s political and cultural leaders on their metaphorical toes!

Biggins and Forsythe will be joined on stage by Rachael Beck (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, TV’s It Takes Two and Hey Dad…!) and Douglas Hansell (TV’s Critical and Underbelly).

The Guide had the chance to chat with Jonathan about what we can expect.

SAG:  Jonathan, what can we expect? Continue reading THE WHARF REVUE: AN INTERVIEW WITH JONATHAN BIGGINS

DEAR FUTURE HUSBANDS: PLAYING AS PART OF SYDNEY FRINGE COMEDY

Annisa Belonogoff‘s DEAR FUTURE EX-HUSBANDS will play during the Sydney Fringe Comedy.

DEAR FUTURE EX-HUSBANDS will showcase Annisa’s creative and imaginative comedic mind. The show focuses on the female logic of everything, from family, friends, dating, society, coffee and bathroom antics – nothing is off limits.

Annisa is nuts, crazy, some would say borderline insane with the number of things she does. Tired of trying to explain all her wacky, adventurous, outgoing, drama-queen like nature to potential dates, Annisa has decided to sum up her out of the box personality and country girl/Russian background in a fun show format.

NIDA graduate Annisa Belonogoff [Facebook] will be taking to the stage solo for  DEAR FUTURE EX-HUSBANDS as part of the Sydney Fringe Comedy season.

SWEATY PITS-PITY PARTY: SYDNEY DEBUT AT THE FRINGE

SWEATY PITS-PITY PARTY is making its Sydney debut!

Two friends peruse their dream of creating a sketch show that encapsulates their messages of equality, anger, and love…while still being silly buggers. But among the squirting citrus, the 80’s aerobics, and the magic mike strip routines, they realise their dreams might be a little out of reach.

Continue reading SWEATY PITS-PITY PARTY: SYDNEY DEBUT AT THE FRINGE