We Are Nemeses: Talking Experimental Comedy
Vidya Rajan and Alistair Baldwin are Nemeses, a newly formed and already dysfunctional comedy duo. The pair had their Melbourne International Comedy Festival show cancelled due to the pandemic, but their toxic and unnecessary creative collaboration stops for no one!
Join Vidya and Alistair as they attempt to grab this viral moment and rise to the never-ending demands of content creation. This event was live-streamed, mildly interactive, and characteristically self-deluded – featuring a DIY pandemic sitcom, sketches and chaos, followed by a panel discussion about experimental comedy hosted by Scott Limbrick and featuring Chloe Alison Escott. What has the shut-down of live events meant for comedians and artists? What are the great and regrettable comedic experiments this pandemic has spawned?
Alistair Baldwin is a writer and comedian based in Naarm / Melbourne. He has written for ABC's The Weekly, Get Krack!n, Hard Quiz & At Home Alone Together. Published works include pieces for un. Magazine, Archer, Metro and Black Inc.'s Growing Up Disabled In Australia anthology. He is 1/2 of the experimental (and toxic) comedy duo Nemeses with Vidya Rajan.
Vidya Rajan is a cross-disciplinary artist. She has been a recipient of the Wheeler Centre's Hot Desk Fellowship, Melbourne Festival's Director's Lab Program, Screen Australia's Developing the Developer Initiative and Film Victoria’s Plot Twist Games Writing workshop.
She has recently worked as a writer and performer with ABC Comedy, SBS, Theatreworks, Artshouse, Audible, Griffin Theatre and The Blue Room. Her work has also appeared in APJ, McSweeney's, Liminal, Cordite and Running Dog amongst others. She is a former writer-in-residence at the Malthouse Theatre, and is currently under commission on a number of screen, stage, and digital/multi-artform projects.
Chloe Alison Escott is a musician, writer and comedian from Hobart. She made her standup debut in 2004, made her standup debut again in 2009, and then, after finally correcting a decades-long gender error, made her standup debut once more in 2015. Her career highlights that sound best in a short bio and aren't just 'a very good set that went well' include the Raw Comedy national final in 2010; her monthly new standup and sketch show 'Pinball at Hanging Rock' throughout 2012; her experimental sound/comedy piece 'You Sit Facing Forward at the Museum of Art', commissioned by Liquid Architecture in 2017; her touring anxiety breakdown/anxiety salve 'Noise Show, with Puzzles' in 2017; and her controversial appearance at a panel discussion on experimental and hybrid comedy forms at the Wheeler Centre in 2020.
Scott is a writer and comedian based in Melbourne. He has written and presented for Comedy Central UK and has had filmed projects featured by Funny or Die, Cinefest Oz, FilmInk and MIFF Powershorts. His written work has been shortlisted for the Richell Prize and the Fair Australia Prize and has appeared in The Suburban Review, Westerly, Junkee, VICE, Meanjin, MTV, The New Statesman and others.
Recently he wrote and performed The Last Blockbuster on Earth at Perth Fringe World and Waiting for Combo with Caitlyn Staples at Melbourne Fringe Festival, and was co-host of Channel 31/RMITV's The Leak with Rose Bishop and Lena Moon. With Elyce Phillips he co-produces and hosts the character comedy night ‘Great Speeches in History’. In 2019 he completed a Master of Screenwriting at the VCA.