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Sammy J's Democratic Party: Geoff Shaw
Until a couple of days before his appearance at Sammy J’s Democratic Party, outspoken Frankston independent MP Geoff Shaw held the balance of power in the Victorian Parliament –having resigned his Liberal Party membership earlier in 2014.
At the end of a week in which he pushed the Napthine Government to the brink with the threat of a no confidence vote, and was fined and suspended from the Parliament for matters relating to his parliamentary car and fuel card, Shaw joined Sammy J’s Democratic Party for a night of great contrasts –covering his views on politics and the media, Frankston and the state … as well as his controversial political career, the origins of his values and his polarising positions on God, abortion, homosexuality and compromise.
He also ponders his demise, the true cleanliness of Frankston’s Kananook Creek, and the wording of his epitaph, in a discussion that moves nimbly between silly and serious subjects –and in which he apologises to the parliament and the Victorian people. Twice.
Sammy J’s Democratic Party
Comedian Sammy J knows nothing, and he’s the first one to admit it. Politicians know everything, or so they would have us believe. When unstoppable comedic force meets immovable political object, the result is Sammy J’s Democratic Party, a brand new event that leaves the week behind and kicks off with a drink, a few laughs and a fair old shake of the sauce bottle.
In the past decade, Sammy J has conquered the international comedy scene, winning plaudits at the Melbourne, Adelaide, Jakarta and Edinburgh comedy festivals. He also pops up regularly on the goggle box, on shows like Spicks and Specks, Good News Week and as host of the satirical sketch show Wednesday Night Fever. Best known for his collaborations with Randy the purple puppet, Sammy J’s Democratic Party sees him flying solo as he takes a poll of everyone invited (that’s you) to help him cut the visible strings of our politicians and find out what they really think.
Take one ultra skinny, multi-award-winning comedian, add a political figure who may or may not be aware of what they’re getting themselves into, throw in a beverage or two … and stand back and watch the fireworks.