Election Special: Stand-Up … and Be Counted
Do you feel anxiety and dread when you think of the looming election? Do you feel sick at the thought of the beckoning ballot box? Then join us for a bout of comedy designed to cure even the worst cases of electoral dysfunction.
Comedian and writer Toby Halligan hosts a bunch of Australia’s sharpest political comics as they pull apart the bizarre, the absurd, the dismaying and the disastrous antics of Canberra’s finest. They talk policy, strategy, oratory, zingers, stunts and blunders from the campaign trail; no party or politician is safe.
Let us take care of you during caretaker mode.
Presented in partnership with Political Asylum.
Toby Halligan writes for Channel 10's The Project and SBS's Legally Brown, and has appeared on ABC's Strictly Speaking. His debut comedy show, Electile Dysfunction, was nominated for the best newcomer award at the Melbourne Comedy Festival and he regularly performs with Australia’s preeminent live political stand-up comedy group, Political Asylum. He is the co-author of the popular Diary Leaks website and his writing has appeared in Mamamia, the Monthly and the Age.
Nazeem Hussain is the star of his own critically-acclaimed TV show, Legally Brown, which aired on SBS. The show broke ground with its boundary-pushing content, received wide spread critical acclaim and was nominated for Most Outstanding Comedy at the 2015 Logie Awards. Nazeem is also well known as a stand-up comedian, and until recently was part of political comedy duo Fear of a Brown Planet.
Sammy J is an award-winning comedian, writer, and songbird.
Zoë Coombs Marr is a performer, writer, artist and comedian. She is one-third of theatre company Post, whose work includes Oedipus Schmoedipus, presented at Belvoir for Sydney Festival 2014. The voice of ABC2, Zoe is a regular panel member on Dirty Laundry Live, and has also been seen on ABC’s The Chaser’s Media Circus, How Not To Behave, Backseat Drivers, and Live at Bella Union (SBS). Her breakout solo theatre/comedy work And That Was the Summer That Changed My Life was nominated for Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Best Newcomer and awarded the Philip Parsons Young Playwright Award.
Aamer Rahman is an Australian comedian whose work covers politics, race relations, and the War on Terror. He has performed sold-out shows at some of the world's largest festivals including the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Edinburgh Fringe.
Rahman's work has been covered by media outlets such as The Huffington Post, NBC, Slate, Colorlines, Afropunk, AlterNet, VICE and Essence Magazine.
Mathew Frank is a Melbourne-based director and composer.
Gerard McCulloch is head writer for the ABC's The Weekly with Charlie Pickering, having previously written for The Project, Dirty Laundry Live, Rove and more. Onstage, he’s earned a Best Newcomer and a Barry Award nomination at Melbourne’s comedy festival, a Melbourne Fringe Comedy Award, and had a sellout show in Edinburgh; offstage, he has a degree in Arabic. Be alert, not alarmed.
Denise Scott first started working as a professional actor and comedian nearly thirty years ago, but it has been in the last six years that she has been selling out theatres, scoring herself a regular gigs on high rating national television shows and seeing her two books creep towards bestseller status.
Claire Hooper started on the stage, crafting engaging, innovative live shows that blended stand-up, theatre ... and some hammer dancing. For four years, Claire shared a set with Paul McDermott and Mikey Robbins on the iconic comedy show Good News Week as a team captain. In 2015, Claire scored her dream job as co-host of The Great Australian Bake Off for Foxtel’s LifeStyle Channel; she's back on set for a third series in 2017.